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6 students test positive for COVID-19, NJ high school switches to virtual class



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

“… Westfield Health Director Megan Avallone reports that these student cases are the result of exposure outside of school and that none of these cases appear to be directly related at this point in time,”

; wrote Margaret Dolan, Westfield Superintendent .

Westfield High School reopened on September 10th with a hybrid plan of face-to-face and virtual instruction. Wednesday was a virtual class day and the high school plans to revert to a hybrid calendar on October 1, Dolan said.

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

Any person found to be in close interaction with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be contacted, Dolan said.

“I am grateful that the families with positive cases proactively followed health guidelines, kept their students and siblings at home, and quarantined for community health,” the superintendent wrote.

Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle said in July there was a spike in COVID-19 cases among teenagers due to July Fourth parties and graduations.

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


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