Manchester Schools Go Remote For Thanksgiving Week

Karen Wall
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MANCHESTER, NJ — Manchester Township schools will shift to remote instruction for all students starting Monday after the district received several reports of students testing positive for the coronavirus, the district announced Friday.

Superintendent David Trethaway said among the reports are a student at Manchester Township High School, one at Manchester Township Middle School and two students at Manchester Township Elementary School.

"It is important to note that neither of these cases are related in any way to each other," Trethaway said. "Unfortunately, as you are aware, there is a spike in positive Covid-19 cases throughout the state and in Ocean County and these isolated cases are an example of this increase."

Manchester has added 76 new positive cases since Sunday, giving the township 1,226 cases of the coronavirus, and 170 Manchester residents have died from it, according to the Ocean County Health Department.

Trethaway said the district notified the county health department and anyone who was considered to be a close contact in each case had been notified.

"Since each case is unique, these discussions are specific to each student and the precautions may vary," Trethaway said. "These close contacts include any individuals who were close contacts both inside and outside of school. At this time, all individuals including staff members who were identified as close contacts have been notified and will be taking the appropriate precautions."

Trethaway said the district will be on remote instruction Monday through Wednesday and will reopen for its hybrid in-person instruction Nov. 30.

"While each building is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each night, we will take this time to do additional cleaning throughout all the buildings," Trethaway said.

The district had been working on plan to transition to five days a week of in-person instruction but has postponed that plan until the start of the second marking period in early February.

Trethaway said district officials realize the remote learning next week "causes many difficulties for our students and families, and while it is not mandated (by the state), we believe that this is the best course of action considering the rise in cases throughout the area and to ensure the health and safety of all of our staff, students and families."

"Our school district and our community are very special places and we have always worked together when faced with difficult situations. I want to thank you again for all of the support and cooperation you continue to give our school district," he said.

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