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KHS Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

A staff member at Kings Highway Elementary School self-reported a positive COVID-19 test to the administration. Schools Superintendent Thomas Scarice said today.

The affected person will be excluded from the school environment and has been instructed to quarantine at home, he said.

“Upon learning of the positive COVID-19 case, the administration began immediate contact tracing,” he said in an email to parents.

“Those determined to be ‘close contacts,’ including the entire Kings Highway administrative team, additional staff members, and a small number of students, have been notified.”

Scarice said these individuals spent a significant amount of time in the presence of the positive case, and as a result, were informed that they will be excluded from the school environment and recommended to quarantine for 14 days from the date of contact, Sept. 21. 

“They were also asked to reach out to their health care provider to obtain testing. To be clear, siblings and other family members of these children and staff do not need to quarantine,” Scarice added.

He said In order to support the administration of the building during this time period, who will remain actively involved in the day to day operations of Kings Highway while in quarantine, Ann Leffert has been asked to return in an interim principal role, supported by Ali Moran in an interim assistant principal role.

“Both Ms. Leffert and Ms. Moran will report to Kings Highway tomorrow and serve as the school’s acting on-site administration until Oct. 6,” Scarice said.

He added: “We are educating our students in the midst of a global pandemic.  I expect that we will continue to confront circumstances like this throughout the duration of the pandemic and respond appropriately.  We will continue to count on each other as we rise up and endure this challenge.”

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