Four new COVID-19 cases results in 53 members of the Glen Ridge Public School community home on quarantine, says Dirk Phillips, Superintendent of Schools, in this email to parents:
This past week the district experienced an increase in the number of quarantines of school members. The increase in the number of COVID-19 cases within the region has also increased the likelihood of close contacts. Quarantines are required with close contact, out of state travel, or doctor’s orders. Below are the number of new cases during the past week in the District and the total number of COVID-19 cases in the Borough.
This weekend we were informed of an individual at RAS who tested positive. The individual was in the school building last week. Families whose children were in close contact with the individual have been notified. The individual’s cohort has been quarantined.
The District urges parents to work collaboratively with the schools to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Please keep your school nurse updated on any symptoms or testing being done within your family. The school nurse can be reached by phone or email.
If someone in your household is having COVID-19-like symptoms and is planning on being tested, please keep your children home, even if they have no symptoms, until the test results come back. Notify the school nurse of the symptoms and testing and again once the results are received.
Ill individuals with COVID-19 compatible symptoms who have not been tested or individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home until at least ten days have passed since symptom onset and at least 24 hours have passed after the resolution of fever without fever-reducing medications and improvement in symptoms.
An alternate diagnosis (including a positive strep test or influenza swab) without a negative COVID-19 test is not acceptable for individuals who meet COVID-19 exclusion criteria to return to school.