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September 18: Community Update
September 18: Community Update
Westwood Regional Schools
Friday, September 18, 2020

COVID-19 ADVISORY

It has been brought to our attention that a sixth grade student tested positive for COVID-19. Although the Middle School is currently in full remote status, we are working closely with our local health officer at the Northwest Bergen Regional Health Consortium (NWBRHC) to assist with contact tracing in the community. If your child was directly impacted in any way, by the time you read this message, you will already have received a call from the school with further direction.

Given the nature of the virus, it is likely that this will not be the last incident we encounter; therefore, I strongly urge our entire community to work with us to assure the health and safety of our students and staff.

In all of our schools, we continue to implement our screening, cleaning, and disinfecting protocols while conducting in-person instruction with mandated mask requirements, hand washing / sanitizing, and social distancing measures. These efforts represent our greatest defense against infection and transmission.

To assist us, now more than ever, we ask that our families and students remain vigilant and continue to follow the CDC promoted safeguards while in our schools and community.

  • Conduct your Daily COVID-19 Screening and monitor your health for symptoms

  • Remain home when you are sick and notify the school

  • Wear face coverings in school and public

  • Wash hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds

  • Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Avoid shared items and close contact with others

  • Practice social distancing when outside of the home

Last, but certainly not least, in partnership with our schools, it is essential that we maintain open and honest contact with each other and let the school know if your child was exposed to, may present symptoms of, or is confirmed positive for COVID-19. Armed with that knowledge we can work together to keep everyone as safe as possible.

We appreciate your support and cooperation. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DELAY TO IN PERSON INSTRUCTION EXTENDED

Unrelated to the health advisory just mentioned, the following is the formal confirmation of the extended delay of our in-person instruction at the Westwood Regional Middle School (WRMS). At this time, we will not have the requisite temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) as hoped, thus preventing us from returning our staff and students to the building safely and responsibly. Therefore, we are extending the start date of our in-person instruction at WRMS until October 5.

In the meantime, all students in grades 6-8 will continue to engage in instructional activities remotely with their teachers as we work with the contractor to obtain the TCO. Our custodial, maintenance, and technology staff are also hard at work preparing and cleaning the spaces when they are available in order to get us back as soon as we have the green light to do so.

Once again, we understand the inconvenience and frustration that this may cause. Thank you for your support and cooperation through it all.