The Newark Central School District has gone remote after an investigation into possible four possible COVID-19 cases.
There are investigations underway involving middle and high school students.
The high school investigation is said to be focused on a confirmed case- and suspected case. The middle school investigation is focused on an adult case, which has been confirmed, as well as one suspected student case.
Students will learn remotely for the time being. Interim Superintendent Dennis Ford announced the cases in a letter to parents on Sunday.
“The Wayne County Department of Public Health (WCDPH) has informed us that they are currently investigating at least four cases of confirmed and/or suspected Covid-19 at our High School and Middle School,” he said in the letter. “There has been no decision whether this pause to in-person learning will be extended or not. That will be determined following the completion of the investigation by the WCDPH and their collaborative dialogue that will follow with our district officials. We will communicate final decisions as quickly as we can utilizing the normal communications processes employed by the Newark CSD.”
The state’s Department of Health is requiring mandatory two-week quarantines and contact tracing for select students and staff who will be notified directly by the WCDPH. Those who haven’t been contacted have likely not had contact with the confirmed cases.
“I cannot express enough my disappointment with placing further stress and more inconvenience for our families. However, we must continue to try and safeguard the health and safety of our school community. If you have any questions regarding your child’s school program, I encourage you to contact your building principal,” Ford added.