November 30, 2020
Dear St. Rose High School Family,
This letter is to inform you that individuals at our school have tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating closely with public health officials and following CDC, state, and local health department guidelines in order to assure the health and safety of our school community. As a result, and in accordance with the New Jersey Department of Health guidance, the Monmouth County Health Department and the Diocese of Trenton have recommended that we close for 14 days and transition to fully remote learning effective immediately. Special instructions regarding remote learning will be forthcoming, however, in the meantime, we have included some special reminders at the end of this letter. The school will reopen to students on Tuesday, December 15.
During the period of closure, our school building will be completely cleaned and disinfected. Our facilities team will be taking the necessary precautions to prevent the introduction and spread of viruses and other germs. The status of this situation is fluid, and we are monitoring it closely.
Students and staff members who have been identified as being in close contact with the individuals who tested positive are being contacted, and with guidance from the Monmouth County Health Department, will be advised of the necessary steps that need to be taken to ensure their health and the health of those with whom they come in contact.
We encourage parents, students, faculty, and staff to continue following the CDC promoted safeguards, such as:
- Wear a mask indoors
- Social distance at least 6 feet apart
- Avoid any indoor and outdoor large gatherings
- Stay at home when you are sick
- Wash hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds
- Cover coughs and sneezes and properly dispose of tissues
- Limit close contact with people who are sick and do not share food, drinks, and utensils
- Continue to monitor your health for symptoms
- Avoid touching your face
As always, we appreciate everyone’s support and cooperation, especially in making our in-person learning a success. You can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern. Please remember that this is a virus that does not discriminate. Anyone is susceptible and those who test positive should not be made to feel like they did something wrong. I am confident that our SRHS Family will continue to battle this pandemic together, with common sense, good decision making, and kindness. Please continue to pray for all who have been affected by COVID-19 and for the sustained health and well-being of our students, staff, and their families.
Should you have any questions about this situation, please feel free to contact our school nurses, Marie Fastiggi and Jeannie Dwyer at 732-681-2858 ext. 712 Below are several resources that may be helpful.
John F. Tonero, Principal
Here is some important information related to our 2-week virtual Learning:
- We will observe a regular school day schedule except there will be no homeroom/convocation.
- The school day will begin at 8:05 with the first scheduled class period of the day. Students must log in to Google Meet for every regularly scheduled class and have their camera on.
- Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class.
- On December 8, as previously planned, school will be closed and there will be no remote classes.
- On December 11, students are scheduled for an early dismissal. We will maintain an early dismissal schedule.
- The school will reopen for in-person learning on Tuesday, December 15th.
- The A - D Drop schedule will remain the same. On December 15, Group 3 will be virtual.
Please contact your teacher and/or guidance counselor with any concerns. If you have a technology issue, please contact the technology department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
a. NJDOH COVID-19 Information for Communities and the General Public: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml
b. Get the Facts about Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
c. Symptoms of COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptomstesting/symptoms.html
e. How to Protect Yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
f. What to Do if You Are Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html