A freshman at Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools’ East Brunswick campus has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting district officials to switch to all-remote learning for two weeks.
Under state health department guidelines, schools with a single positive test can remain open with the students and staff who had close contact with the person staying home for two weeks. However, contact tracing has been “challenging,” school officials said in the announcement that the East Brunswick campus will go virtual until Sept. 21.
The student attended school on Friday before officials were informed of the positive test by a parent of the 9th grader on Wednesday. The first day of school for the district was Sept. 3.
Staff will return to school on Sept. 21 with students to follow later that week.
Middlesex County Vo-Tech also has campuses in Edison, Perth Amboy, Piscataway and Woodbridge. Those schools remain open under a hybrid plan of in-person and remote learning.
The district’s plan calls for in-person instruction for career-major and physical education classes and online learning for academic classes, such as English, history and math.
A student at Markham Place School in Little Silver and one at Hackettstown High School have also tested positive for COVID-19 in the early days of the 2020-21 school year. Those schools were not fully shut down, but students in close contact with the student who tested positive will have to stay home for 10 days.