Normandy Park becomes fourth Morris District school with positive COVID test

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A class from the Normandy Park Elementary School in Morris Township will be studying from home for the next 14 days because an individual at the school has tested positive for COVID-19.

Normandy Park becomes at least the fourth school in the Morris School District to be disrupted by the coronavirus since the fall semester began last month.

Previously, the District has required self-isolation for classes from the Hillcrest and Woodland elementary schools, and full-virtual instruction for Morristown High School after people from those schools tested positive.

“We have communicated directly with all families and staff of the affected class and other close contacts. We are coordinating closely with the local health department for guidance and contact tracing,” the District stated on Sunday, citing confidentiality laws for declining to release more details about the situation at Normandy Park, a K-5 magnet school.

While the affected class and other identified close contacts participate in virtual studies during their home quarantine, “the remainder of the school will continue with instruction as normal according to their current enrollment in either in-person or all-virtual instruction.

“We continue to enforce stringent measures to prevent transmission, such as mask wearing, social distancing, frequent hand washing, and thorough cleaning and disinfecting,” the district said.

The regional district serves 5,700 pupils from Morristown, Morris Township and (for high school) Morris Plains.

Since classes resumed last month, after the statewide shutdown in March, District elementary schools have had full in-classroom schedules, while grades 6-12 have operated on hybrid schedules, alternating between in-class and virtual instruction.

In-person classes at schools in nearly 30 New Jersey towns have been halted so far this fall because of the pandemic, according to the Star-Ledger.

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