School reports two confirmed COVID-19 cases

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Two positive cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed at Bay Head Elementary School. [PHOTO BY THE OCEAN STAR]

BAY HEAD — Two positive cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed at Bay Head Elementary School.

“These individuals that tested positive were already quarantined due to outside-of-school exposures. Due to this fact, there are no close contacts to these individuals,” Principal Frank Camardo wrote in a March 24 letter to parents.

“Note that when engaging in contact tracing, the infectious period is two days before a positive test result in an asymptomatic individual and two days before symptom onset in a symptomatic individual. Due to confidentiality restrictions, we are unable to give additional information.”

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According to school officials, custodians are implementing extra cleaning protocols, including the application of chlorinated disinfecting spray to neutralize COVID-19.

“As always, we appreciate our community’s support and cooperation. You can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern. Please continue to follow all CDC [federal Centers for Disease Control] guidelines, including staying home when sick, practicing social distancing, wearing a face covering when in public, limiting close contacts, and frequent hand washing,” Mr. Camardo wrote.

As of this week, school officials said there are no plans to alter the school schedule following the upcoming spring break. Since Sept. 8, students and faculty have been learning in-person five days a week, though several students opted to learn remotely at the beginning of the school year. The school chose to move to remote learning for two weeks following winter break.

“At this time, Bay Head School is not planning on taking any break following the spring break this year,” Mr. Camardo confirmed in an email to The Ocean Star.