Montclair Schools Superintendent Reports Renaissance Teacher Tested Positive For COVID-19

Interim Schools Superintendent Dr. Nathan Parker informed parents that a teacher from Renaissance Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. Parker writes:

Confirmed Case in our District
We, like all communities, will continue to hear about new cases, and today I learned of a positive case in our school system. A teacher at Renaissance (RMS) who was present on March 13 during Professional Development has tested positive. We cannot share any further details in order to protect the privacy of individuals. However, please know that unless you take the responsibility for physical distancing, community spread will escalate.

From the Montclair Health Department
Persons who have been identified as a close contact with the staff member (within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) will be contacted directly by the Health Department where the staff member resides. If you are contacted, self-isolate for 14 days. Self-isolation is a public health strategy where individuals who are sick and exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case are separated from well persons. People who are asked to self-isolate should stay in a separate bedroom and, if possible, use a separate bathroom and have minimal contact with other persons and pets in the home. It is important that anyone who is in self-isolation should monitor symptoms in case they worsen. It is recommended that people take their temperature with a thermometer at least twice per day. If the symptoms become worse, let your health care provider know. If you go to a medical facility, be sure to call ahead and wear a face mask. Monitor yourself for symptoms. Mild symptoms may occur within 2 to 14 days. Mild symptoms do not need further attention (or testing). However, if symptoms worsen, call your health care provider. If you have trouble breathing, go to a hospital.

If you are not contacted, you are considered to be at low-risk for infection. Continue to follow the safe guidelines as outlined by the CDC during this health emergency.

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