Confirmed Case of COVID-19 at the Elementary School

Dear OESJ Students, Families, and Staff,

This afternoon, Tuesday, April 20th, OESJ CSD administrators were notified that a member of the OESJ Elementary School community has been laboratory confirmed positive for COVID-19. The individual was last in the building on Friday, April 16th.

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 while there will be contact tracing conducted as a result of this positive, the elementary school can remain open in its regular learning schedule. The District 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 remain vigilant in conducting 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. We remain committed to keeping our schools open while providing a safe learning environment for all of our students and staff.

Adam Heroth

OESJ CSD Superintendent