Dear OESJ Students, Families, and Staff,
Today, Friday, April 23rd, OESJ CSD administrators were notified that two members of the OESJ community have tested positive for COVID-19. A member of the OESJ Elementary School and a member of the OESJ Jr./Sr. High School have been laboratory confirmed positive for COVID-19. The individuals were last in the building on Wednesday, April 21st, and Tuesday, April 20th respectively.
Upon receiving the information, district officials immediately began to work with the County Health Department that the individuals reside in to help officials identify anyone who may have been in close contact with these individuals. After working closely with the Public Health Department, it has been determined that there will be contact tracing conducted as a result of these positive cases. 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.
In order to allow appropriate time to work with our local Departments of Health, due to concerns with staffing, and out of an abundance of caution, the OESJ Elementary School will pivot to our remote only learning model beginning on Monday, April 26th and Tuesday, April 27th. All students in grades PK – 6 should plan to return to the regular, in-person learning model on Wednesday, April 28th. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and we will communicate any changes to this plan, if necessary, in a timely manner.
At this time, the Jr./Sr. High School building will remain open for in-person instruction in our regular learning model for students in grades 7 – 12 on Monday, April 26th.
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 individuals who tested positive are 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 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. Please contact your child’s building principal directly if you have any questions or concerns.
OESJ CSD Superintendent