By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
PITTSGROVE, N.J. — In a letter to community members sent on Friday, the Pittsgrove Township School District announced that in-person instruction will resume on Tuesday, February 2.
The respective principals of each school in the district will reach out to families with more details about reopening in the near future. Superintendent Matthew C. Carey cited lower case numbers and new guidance from New Jersey’s Department of Health as reasons why the district is choosing to resume in-person instruction at the start of next month.
Salem County’s case rate and percent positive metrics dipped down to 57.2 cases per 100,000 people and 15.4%, respectively, in the past week. Although these numbers are still considered high, they do represent significant decreases from the previous week’s totals, which reached as high as 80 new cases per 100,000 people. Salem County reached its peak case rate approximately two weeks ago, with the county reporting 101.8 new cases per 100,000 people on January 10.
According to the letter, new guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health allows schools to only exclude close contacts for confirmed positives. Previously, close contacts of presumed positives were required to quarantine as a precaution, but that isn’t the case anymore.
Pittsgrove Township’s school district initially began the 2020-21 school year in a hybrid learning setting, and it transitioned to Phase II of its “Road Back” plan on November 16. Parents have been given the option to send their children to school for in-person instruction or keep them home for remote learning throughout the pandemic.
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