October 18, 2020
This morning we were informed of an additional COVID case at TMS. This most recent case is within the same family as the case last week; the student was quarantining as the result of exposure. There is no evidence to suggest the individual was contagious at any point while they were in the building. Additionally, TMS was closed and the entire building deep cleaned since the individual was on campus. At this time, the DOH has made no recommendations to alter our schedule of in-person instruction or our extracurricular programs.
We are being overly cautious with this notification in an effort to make sure everyone is aware of the status of cases in our school community. The district will continue to take precautions to prevent the introduction and spread of viruses and other germs and is cleaning frequently-touched surfaces daily.
Given the current increase in cases in New Jersey, please help protect all of us by monitoring your family members for symptoms and following the guidelines below:
Stay home when you are sick;
Wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
Cover coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
Practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart) at all times - including bus stops and playgrounds;
Wear a mask while on school property - including playgrounds after school;
Limit close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils; and
Continue to monitor your health for symptoms.
We appreciate your support and cooperation. You can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern.
Thomas A. Smith, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Below are some resources that might be helpful.
RESOURCES with updated links
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/symptoms-testing/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/index.html