New COVID-19 Cases in the District

Dear Summit Public Schools Community,

Over the winter break, the District was notified of five COVID-19 cases: two individuals from Brayton Elementary School, an individual from Jefferson Primary Center, an individual from Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary School, and an individual from Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School. Our Nursing Department, in collaboration with the Department of Health, conducted contact tracing and identified potential close contacts at the Middle School. Health officials did not identify any potential close contacts from the other cases. All schools in the District are currently utilizing remote learning until January 14, 2021.

Our local Department of Health is recommending a 10-day travel quarantine for travelers and residents who are returning from states and territories beyond the immediate region, and a 14-day exposure quarantine. We will adhere to their quarantine recommendations and continue to follow guidance from our local health experts who are dedicated to our local needs.

If you learn that your child has tested positive for COVID-19, immediately contact the building principal, school nurse, and covidreporting@summit.k12.nj.us if notifying after school hours. The timely notification will allow us to immediately begin contact tracing. We will continue to collaborate with the Department of Health to complete contact tracing and monitor the number of positive cases in our school community, as well as follow their recommendations of closing in any capacity.

Please use the remote days before our return on January 14 to self-quarantine, avoid social gatherings, and practice preventive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our school community. We will continue to communicate in an open and transparent manner, while respecting confidentiality. Thank you for your ongoing patience, cooperation, and trust as we continue to navigate through these circumstances together.

Be well,

Scott D. Hough
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Cheryl Moretz
Principal, Brayton School

Dr. Donna Gallo
Principal, Lawton C. Johnson
Summit Middle School

Matthew Carlin
Principal, Lincoln-Hubbard School

Evan Kozak
Principal, The Primary Centers