Sea Girt Elementary School tests positive for COVID-19

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SEA GIRT — A staff member at Sea Girt Elementary school has tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent Rick Papera confirmed Wednesday.

“The District is coordinating closely with public health officials,” Mr. Papera said in a letter to parents. “We are following CDC, state, and local health department guidance in order to assure the health and safety of our community. Close contacts have been identified, notified, and asked to quarantine.”

Mr. Papera said that all exposed areas in the school building have been disinfected and cleaned, and that the school will continue to take extra measures to stop the spread of the virus, such as daily temperature checks, wearing masks indoors and frequently cleaning all used surfaces daily with “electrostatic sprayers and UVC lights.”

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“The status of this situation is fluid, and we are monitoring it closely,” he said in the letter.

“As always, we appreciate our community’s support and cooperation. You can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern.”

Sea Girt Elementary School has been open for two weeks since school began on Sept. 3 on a half day in-person schedule, with around ten of the district’s roughly 160 students choosing to attend classes remotely. 

Students returned to school Monday after protocol was followed.

“Today was status quo, pretty quiet, everything’s been going smoothly,” Mr. Papera told The Coast Star Monday.

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