Dear Summit Public Schools Community,
I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones healthy and well. The Department of Health continues to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases statewide, as well as locally here in Summit. The District was notified today that the majority of New Jersey, including Union County, has moved from a moderate activity level to a high activity level for COVID-19 transmission risk. The Department of Health did not recommend closing our schools, but unfortunately recommended cancelling all athletic and in-person extracurricular activities until further notice.
The reasoning behind this recommendation is because these activities cannot follow the same rigorous protocols as we can in the school setting, and it would also require students from both the maroon and gold cohorts to come together. Therefore, the Department of Health recommended to suspend these activities at this time. While it is a difficult decision for us to make, we have to follow the Department of Health’s recommendations in an effort to do what is best for public health in our community. I understand how heartbreaking this is for our student-athletes, but this is the reality we are facing when we continue to experience increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in our community.
Our staff members, students, and community continue to rise to the challenge every day. I am extremely grateful to everyone in our District for their efforts in keeping our school community healthy and safe. Please look out for additional communications tomorrow with more information on quarantine and contact tracing protocols. Thank you for continued support, flexibility, and understanding.
Scott D. Hough
Superintendent of Schools