6 students test positive for COVID-19, N.J. high school switches to virtual


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Westfield High School will switch to virtual instruction for the next two weeks after six students there tested positive for the coronavirus, the district superintendent wrote in an email to parents and guardians.

“…Westfield Health Director Megan Avallone reports that these student cases are the result of exposures outside of school, and that none of these cases appears to have a direct link to one another at this time,” Westfield Superintendent Margaret Dolan wrote.

Westfield High School reopened on Sept. 10 to a hybrid plan of in-person and virtual instruction. Wednesday was a virtual instructional day and the high school plans to return to a hybrid calendar on Oct. 1, Dolan said.

All sports and extracurricular activities are suspended too, the email said. The nine other schools in the district will continue to operate on their current schedules, Dolan explained.

Any person who is identified as having close interaction with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted, Dolan said.

“I am grateful that the families with positive cases were proactive in following health guidelines, keeping their students and siblings home and quarantined for the health of the community,” the superintendent wrote.

Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle said in July there was an uptick in COVID-19 cases among teens because of parties celebrating the Fouth of July and graduations.

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Rebecca Panico may be reached at rpanico@njadvancemedia.com.



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