SUMMIT, NJ – Six new cases of COVID-19 have been reported across three Summit Public Schools campuses “over the last several days.” The case confirmations were detailed in a March 25 letter to the “Summit Public Schools Community” from Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough and the principals of the three affected schools: Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, Summit High School and Washington Elementary School.
The six cases follow five cases announced just three days prior.
The letter, subsequently obtained by TAPinto Summit from a third party, stated, “Over the last several days, the District has been notified of six COVID-19 cases: four at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, one at Summit High School, and one at Washington Elementary School. Our Nursing Department, in collaboration with the Department of Health, conducted contact tracing. Potential close contacts at the Middle School and High School have been identified and notified. Health officials did not recommend closing the schools.”
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The same day the case letter arrived from the District, Hough sent the “Summit Public Schools Community” another letter reinforcing New Jersey Deparment of Health Travel Quarantine guidance. That letter, also subsequently obtained by TAPinto Summit from a third party, stated, “While we do not encourage travel at this time, we do appreciate the honest communication we have received from families who are choosing to travel outside the immediate region. If you have not yet communicated your intent to travel, please contact the nurse at your child’s school. The school nurse will inform you of the quarantine period and the appropriate date for your child(ren) to return to school. Openly communicating your plans will help maintain a safe learning environment for all students and staff.”
The letter went on to note that:
“Any travel outside of NJ, NY, CT, DE, and PA requires some level of quarantine. Travelers may get tested with a viral COVID-19 test 3-5 days after the trip. The first day of the quarantine is the day after returning to New Jersey. A negative result still requires a 7-day quarantine. If travelers do not get tested, a self-quarantine for 10 days is required. Please note, the NJDOH has removed the travel quarantine exemption for individuals who have tested COVID-19 positive in the past 90 days. Post travel quarantining is now required for ALL individuals, regardless of vaccine status, antibody status, and now including those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months.
The updated NJDOH guidance supports the CDC’s recommendations that those who clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months and those who are fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks or longer following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or two weeks or longer following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine) do NOT need to quarantine after having close contact with someone with COVID-19, as long as they remain asymptomatic.”