Squan superintendent reports COVID-19 cases from winter break

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MANASQUAN — The Manasquan School District reported a dozen positive COVID-19 cases over the recent holiday recess; however, there has not been any reported transmission in the school buildings, according to Superintendent of Schools Frank Kasyan.

On Dec. 29, a letter was posted on the district website informing the school community of two positive cases among employees — one at the high school and one at elementary school. Another letter posted on Dec. 30 stated that an additional employee at the high school also received a positive COVID-19 test result.

The letters stated that due to the holiday recess and the onset date of symptoms, none of the employees were in the school buildings “during the period in which they would be considered contagious or have had any close contacts at school.”

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When schools reopened on Monday, Jan. 4 after the holiday recess, the district reported eight cases among students at the high school who contracted the virus during the break.

“Due to our extended school closure, it is important to emphasize that none of these students were in school today and none of the cases occurred during a time where they would have been contagious while in school [prior to December 19],” Mr. Kasyan said in the letter.

There was also a report of another elementary school employee who tested positive for COVID-19 over the break.

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