Two Brielle school staffers test positive for COVID-19

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BRIELLE — Brielle Elementary School reported two positive COVID-19 cases this week, according to letters sent out by Superintendent Christine Carlson.

In the letters dated Dec. 27 and 28, Ms. Carlson stated that two staff members at the school tested positive for the coronavirus. The employees were last in the school building on Wednesday, Dec. 23, before the holiday break.

“If your child was deemed a close contact, you would have been notified,” she said. Ms. Carlson also asked parents to continue to monitor their children for signs or symptoms of the coronavirus, and also to continue filling out the COVID-19 form each morning before school.

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“We understand the level of concern regarding COVID-19 and we encourage parents and students to continue following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention [CDC] promoted safeguards,” she said in both letters.

Guidance recommended by the CDC includes: staying home when sick; washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds; covering coughs and sneezes, and properly disposing of tissues; limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils; practicing social distancing; wearing a face covering while in school; and continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.

In response to a question posed by a parent at the Dec. 16 board of education meeting, Ms. Carlson said the school is not yet ready to transition to full day in-person instruction. She cited an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the state as well as an increase in the number of students and teachers needing to quarantine.

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