COVID cases extend remote learning at Brielle Elementary through Friday

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BRIELLE — Brielle Elementary School will transition to remote learning for the remainder of the week due to more than 15 positive COVID-19 cases among the school community.

Superintendent/Principal Christine Carlson wrote in an email to parents and guardians on Tuesday that approximately 35 others are in quarantine after being identified as close contacts.

Prior to her most recent announcement Ms. Carlson said on Sunday that the school would transition to remote learning on Jan. 4 and Jan. 5, citing “an increasing number” of COVID-19 cases among staffers.


“Due to an increasing number of positive cases in our school community and the shortage of staff members able to return to school, we will pivot to all-remote learning on Monday January 4th and Tuesday, January 5th, for the safety and wellbeing of everyone,” Ms. Carlson said in a letter.

The announcement followed a New Year’s Day notification from the superintendent that a staff member who had last been inside the school on Dec. 23, had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Both notifications included a request for families to fill out a “COVID-19 Winter Break Report form” to facilitate contact tracing.  

In earlier letters, on Dec. 27 and 28, Ms. Carlson had advised positive test results for two staff members, also stating that they had last been in the school building on Dec. 23.

“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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