Squan school district reports new COVID-19 cases

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MANASQUAN — The Manasquan School District has reported 14 positive COVID-19 cases since last week, according to recent notifications posted on the district website.

Both the high school and the elementary school were closed during the week of Feb. 8 due to the winter recess; instruction resumed on Monday, Feb. 15.

In a Feb. 9 letter, Superintendent of Schools Frank Kasyan notified the school community of two Manasquan Elementary School students who tested positive for the coronavirus. The students were last in school the week before on Feb. 3. Mr. Kasyan also stated that the two cases were related.

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On Feb. 10, another letter stated that a Manasquan Elementary School employee, who was last in school on Feb. 5, also tested positive for the coronavirus. 

“Based on the employee’s symptom onset date they would not have been considered contagious while in school,” Mr. Kasyan wrote.

On the first day back to school after the winter recess, the district reported that six Manasquan High School students and one high school employee had contracted COVID-19 over the break.

Another notification on Tuesday, Feb. 16 stated that three more high school students and one high school employee had also tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to the notifications, the district engaged in contact tracing and close contacts of the COVID-19 positive individuals were being notified.

Per the district’s restart-and-recovery plan, members of the school community will be notified of any positive COVID-19 cases among students or staff via email and letters posted on the district website.

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