Confirmed Case of COVID-19 at the Elementary School 12/16/20

Dear OESJ Students, Families and Staff,

Today, Wednesday, December 16th, OESJ CSD administrators were notified that a member of the OESJ Elementary School community has been laboratory confirmed positive for COVID-19.

Upon receiving the information, district officials immediately began to work with the County Health Department that the individual resides in, to help officials identify anyone who may have been in close contact with this individual. After working closely with the Public Health Department, it has been determined that the contact tracing will be very minimal and the elementary school can remain open in its regular hybrid learning schedule. The school and the Public Health Department are handling contact tracing and advising on any necessary quarantine. 

Please note that if you do not receive a call from the school nurse or the Health Department, you have not been identified as a close contact.

Again, this notification is part of our commitment to keeping you informed during these uncertain times. However, privacy laws restrict district officials from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. Therefore, we cannot identify by name anyone who has tested positive. The individual who tested positive is in isolation for the recommended time and will not return to the building until cleared by their Department of Health.

Moving forward, we will continue to work closely with our local Departments of Health, monitor the ever-changing situation, and we will follow their guidance on how to proceed. Please continue to conduct at-home screenings and maintain personal awareness of COVID symptoms for your children. Visit our website or contact your child’s school principal directly if you would like more information about our health and safety procedures. I realize that these are difficult times, but I assure you that the OESJ CSD is fully committed to providing a safe learning environment for all of its students and staff.

Adam Heroth

OESJ CSD Superintendent