Glen Rock Middle And High School goes virtual for the second timeNov 15, 2020 06:43PM ● By Julie Maxwell Allen
The Glen Rock Middle School and High School are closed and students are learning virtually for two weeks after a student and teacher at the high school tested positive for COVID-19 last week, according to schools superintendent Dr. Brett Charleston. All the district's elementary schools remain open.
Charleston sent a letter to parents on Saturday announcing the closure.
“Our Contact Tracers determined that it is highly likely that the teacher contracted COVID-19 outside of school,” Charleston said in the letter. "The District believes strongly that the teacher did not contract COVID-19 while in school.''
According to the New Jersey Department of Health protocols, schools must go virtual when “2 or more cases are identified within 14 days that occur across multiple classrooms and a clear connection between cases cannot be easily identified.”
The district has been open for in-person instruction all year, with students having the option to attend school virtually, or attend in a hybrid model, where they attend classes in person half the time and have remote instruction the other half of the time. The district previously closed the high school for two days in October when three students (one of whom was attending school virtually) tested positive for the virus.
So far this school year, there have been six instances where either students or staff in the district have tested positive:
- October 17th: 3 High School Students (though one was fully virtual)
- November 7th: Byrd Elementary Staff Member
- November 8th: Hamilton Elementary Staff Member
- November 10th: Fully Virtual Elementary Student
- November 10th: High School Student
- November 12th: High School Student
As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in New Jersey, the Glen Rock school district and the borough advise against travel and large celebrations for Thanksgiving. According to mayor Kristine Morieko, as of Sunday, there have been 176 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Glen Rock, including 34 currently active cases. There have been eight deaths.
The mayor said 70% of these 34 new cases have occurred to people between the ages of 18 - 64, and the new COVID surge is from private homes and within groups of people gathering.
As Judith Persichilli, NJ Health Commissioner, says every day, “Stay connected, stay safe, and stay healthy, wear your mask and take the call (COVID tracers) ”