Belmar Elementary closed until Monday due to COVID-19 exposure

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BELMAR — Belmar Elementary School will remain closed until Monday, officials said, after an undisclosed number of students were potentially exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 at a party over the weekend.

The school had originally planned to close for only two days, Nov. 10 and 11, as students and staff transitioned to remote learning. Superintendent David Hallman then stated in a letter sent out to parents on Wednesday that remote learning would continue on Nov. 12 and 13.

“We are working with public health officials and following CDC, state, and local health department guidance to assess the situation and take appropriate action to maximize everyone’s health and safety.

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“It is our hope that by taking this preventative action we are ensuring that there was no further exposure within the school community,” Mr. Hallman said.

The district’s plan is to return to in-person instruction on Monday, Nov. 16, however, Mr. Hallman noted that the “plan is fluid and can change if we have further exposure to the virus in our school community.”

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