Dear Westwood Regional School Community,
The school year started a month ago and each week we have had to address cases of COVID-19 in some way while implementing our reopening plan. Fortunately, our staff and families have been actively monitoring their symptoms and conducting their daily home screenings so that they do not attend school when they are not feeling well and notify the school immediately. Once someone is confirmed/presumed positive, we work with the Northwest Bergen Health Consortium to identify staff or students who had direct close contact with the individual to quarantine for 14 days. Testing out of quarantine is not an option
. A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of a confirmed case of COVID-19 for at least 10 minutes.
Since the most recent instance involves multiple schools, I am sending this message as a health advisory to our entire Westwood Regional School Community to make you aware that today we received notification of three related COVID-19 positive cases at the Middle School, High School, and Central Office. By the time you are reading this message, all families and any staff members who are required to quarantine will have already received a separate notification with additional details including the date of return to in person instruction. If you did not receive such a notification, no further action is required at this time.
Based upon our direct experience and the reports of cases throughout the area, County, State, and Nation, it is imperative that we all remain diligent about doing our part to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Everyone should continue to
- 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
- Remind your friends, family, and neighbors of ALL THE ABOVE
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school directly.
Raymond A. Gonzalez, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools