In lieu of three positive cases of Covid-19 being reported, the Manasquan School District has announced that the high school will be going all virtual for the next two weeks.

Superintendent of Schools, Frank Kasyan, wrote a letter to the school community on Wednesday announcing the decision.

With three positive cases this week, he made the decision to close the high school until Monday October 19.

There's no evidence at this point so suggest the three cases are connected in any way, explains Kasyan.

"In fact, the available information indicates that all these students were infected from separate sources outside of school," Kasyan said. "While confidentiality restrictions prevent us from sharing additional details, upon notification of the positive test result, the District, along with the Monmouth County Health Department, immediately engaged in contract tracing to determine if the student had close contact with any other individuals here at school.  (Close contact is defined by the Dept. of Health as being within 6 feet of another person for 10 minutes or more.)  Several close contacts of the infected individual who are students of the District have been notified.  These students who were identified have been contacted and are now quarantined at home in accordance with Health Department Protocols."

He is asking that everyone cooperate if you receive a call from the Monmouth County Health Department contact tracing team.

While Manasquan High School will close for in-person learning for the new couple weeks, Manasquan Elementary School will operate normally for in-person instruction as scheduled.

The high school will be on virtual learning until it is safe to come back into the building.

"During this remote learning period, the high school building itself will be open if students need to retrieve materials, access technical support, etc. Teachers and other educational support personnel may choose to work from home or work at school.  Administrators, support/clerical staff, and custodial staff must still report to work," Kasyan said. "We are currently investigating the need to suspend other school extracurricular activities, however, as of this writing, outdoor athletic activities including practices and games will continue as scheduled during the remote learning period unless you are otherwise notified.

The ACT tests that were supposed to be held this Saturday are cancelled and PSATs that were scheduled for high school juniors in school on October 14 are also cancelled.

The Manasquan School District said they will, while the high school is closed, deliver lunches at no cost to anyone who is interested.

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