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Glen Rock High School Goes Remote after fourteen (14) high school students test positive for COVID-19 after Spring Break

April 6th, 2021
Dear Glen Rock High School Staff, Parents and Guardians:

This letter is to inform you that since our return from Spring Break we had fourteen (14) high school students test positive for COVID-19. Though several of these results occurred over
break, we did receive notice today of an additional ten (10) students with positive tests. With these additional positive cases, Glen Rock High School will transition to remote instruction from
April 7th – April 9th, 2021. The High School will return to in person instruction via the previously
announced three (3) cohort schedule on Monday, April 12th, 2021.

Though our contact tracers determined that it is highly likely that each of the students were exposed to COVID-19 outside of school, the district will err on the side of caution with the
transition to virtual instruction. The district will revisit the need to extend the quarantine over the weekend and communicate out to all stakeholders only if a decision is made to continue the
quarantine for the High School. This communication will occur no later than 3:00 pm on Sunday,
April 11th, 2021.

Individuals who came into close contact (meaning closer than 6 feet for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period) with the ten students who recently tested positive
have been identified and District Contact Tracers will complete communication by the end of the day with any affected individuals to provide quarantine instructions.
High School parents and staff will receive communication from Dr. Parent with further information by the end of the day today.

Please be advised that, unless circumstances dictate otherwise, there will be no change to the schedules for Byrd, Hamilton, Central, Coleman and the Middle School. All will
continue to have in-person instruction. Please be further advised that this is not an invitation for students to spend time with each other outside of school as we have
determined with confidence that COVID-19 is spreading outside of our schools in non-school related social settings. We encourage our students to do their best to remain
socially distant and wear masks when outside of school.

As always, we appreciate our community’s support and cooperation. You can assist us by remaining vigilant in your approach to dealing with this health concern. It is critical that those
who are asked to quarantine do so. We must all do our part to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and community. Our actions today can have a positive impact on school,
activities, spring sports, events, and milestone events, such as prom and graduation, for the
remainder of the school year.

If you have any questions about COVID-19 symptoms, or any other concerns for you or your child, please consult your physician. Should you have any questions about this situation, please
feel free to contact your child’s school nurse and/or principal.

Brett Charleston, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

10 thoughts on “Glen Rock High School Goes Remote after fourteen (14) high school students test positive for COVID-19 after Spring Break

  1. Newspaper said 24 students….

  2. The newspaper later corrected their story. They are now reporting 16.

  3. Oh no…. kids got a virus.
    Shut ‘Er Down…

  4. Ridgewood yesterday had a RECORD weekly 39 positive cases reported including 17 at the high school. This while the schools were closed on spring break. Looks like the Ridgewood parents are not being very careful with their children so what makes anyone think that things will change now that the schools have reopened. 3rd marking period ends 4/15 with 4th to begin on 4/19 with either full time in mornings or completely remote until year end. BOE should reconsider going remote at High school and middle schools for a certain number of days as did Glen Rock or many more children and by default their family members are going to be be infected.

  5. Now back up to 24.

  6. Interesting. Letter from the district yesterday to parents had a long list of cases, including RHS. On that list: 17 for RHS – 13 of ‘known’ origin and 4 of ‘unknown’ origin.

  7. Ridgewood high school and the middle schools need to go to remote ASAP. Too many cases, no testing of students at present. Today Glen Rock has many more cases so it is wise that Glen Rock’s BOE has gone remote. Face it, COVID has mutated, it is more contagious than ever and we are in the hot zone. Riding around Ridgewood, Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes , Glen Rock and Allendale this afternoon. it looks like maskless people and children are partying like it is 1999. We need to be more concerned even those who are fully vaccinated.

  8. Shut it down for the rest of the year.

    Safety first!

  9. Ooh variants! Ooh, let’s all crawl back into our holes! Wake up! The teachers and staff are vaccinated. The kids wear masks in school. Stop the fear-mongering! Gorman and the rest of the teachers union puppets on the BOE need to wake up and realize parents will not tolerate going backwards. Schools are not where this virus spreads. On the other hand remote “learning” has caused irreparable harm to a lot of kids. History will judge very poorly Trump, Bolsonaro, Weingartner, Murphy, and all the other “leaders” who denied science and tried to prevent rational solutions to both the pandemic and its side effects. Teachers: do your job and teach and act like all the other essential workers working all through the pandemic. Ignore your union bosses and do the right thing.

  10. Late today the Ridgewood BOE has decided to transition Ridge elementary school to remote for the time being after 2 cases of unknown origin. In addition, 8 new positive COVID cases within the other Ridgewood schools have been reported today after the record 39 weekly cases that were reported after the spring break. If Ridge is going remote, then the high school and both middle schools should definitely be transitioned to remote now based upon New Jersey State health mandates of these numerous known/unknown cases. Seems like there is some subjective reason, ( sports come to mind) why Ridgewood High School in particular has not gone back to remote status as we have lost count on how many infected kids and their family members there are. Or maybe the Village health person that contacts the families is so overwhelmed, she doesn’t know what to do. In any event, the situation is getting worse.

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