Two letters from the Hopewell School District were issued today closing the high school for two days October 26 and 27 following a positive COVID-19 case.
From Thomas A. Smith, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools:
Earlier today, Principal Riley informed you of a positive COVID case at the Central High School. The last day the student was in school was Wednesday, October 21.
Following our District protocols, Central High School will transition to Full Remote Learning for all students on Monday and Tuesday, October 26 and 27. No students or staff will be allowed in the building until CHS is reopened, hopefully on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. The return to school date will be confirmed when contact tracing is completed. ALL OTHER HVRSD SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN OPEN.
This closure will provide time for our staff to deep clean the building and the Department of Health to conduct contact tracing. Please note, as per the new CDC guidelines for close contact, contact tracing has changed and may take additional time to complete. Exposure is now defined as within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more in 24 hours. If your child has been exposed you will be contacted by the Department of Health as soon as possible.
Cleaning and disinfecting of all exposed areas will be completed in the next 24 hours. The district is also taking precautions to prevent the introduction and spread of viruses and other germs and is cleaning frequently-touched surfaces daily. The status of this situation is fluid, and we are monitoring it closely. Please monitor your own symptoms and follow the guidelines below.
We understand the level of concern regarding COVID-19. We encourage everyone to continue following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention promoted safeguards, such as:
- Staying home when you are sick;
- Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
- Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
- Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils;
- Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart);
- Wearing a face covering while in school; and
- Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.
From Patricia Riley, Principal, HVCHS:
COVID-19 School Notification: Positive Case in School
October 24, 2020
Dear Hopewell Valley Central High School Families:
This letter is to inform you that a student in the Hopewell Valley Central High School has tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The student was most recently in school on Wednesday, October 21. The District is working closely with public health officials and following CDC, state, and local health department guidance in order to assure the health and safety of our community. If you have been exposed (within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more in 24 hours, based on the new CDC guidelines) you will be contacted by the Department of Health. Please note that due to the new CDC guidelines for close contact, contact tracing may take additional time. We will notify you when contact tracing is complete.
This is your initial notification, further information regarding a school closure will come from the District today.
We understand the level of concern regarding COVID-19 and we appreciate your support and cooperation. You can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern. Should you have any questions about this situation, please feel free to contact our local Department of Health at 908-359-8211 x235 (Pennington and Hopewell Boroughs) or 609-737-0120 (Hopewell Township).
Below are some resources that might be helpful.
a. NJDOH COVID-19 Information for Communities and the General Public: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml
b. Get the Facts about Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
c. Symptoms of COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
d. Testing: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/index.html; https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing
e. How to Protect Yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
f. What to Do if You Are Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/index.html