New COVID-19 Cases in the District

Dear Summit Public Schools Community,

The District has been notified that two individuals from Summit High School, one from Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary School, one from Brayton Elementary School, and one individual from Washington Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19. Our Nursing Department, in collaboration with the Department of Health, conducted contact tracing for these cases. No potential close contacts were identified at Summit High School, Washington, or Lincoln-Hubbard. Potential close contacts have been identified at Brayton School. Summit High School is currently closed for in-person instruction through November 18, 2020. Health officials did not recommend closing any other schools.

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. In the event an individual school experiences multiple positive cases at the same time, the Department of Health may recommend closing that school for 14 days. We will continue to follow the Department of Health’s recommendations regarding closing in any capacity.

In order to keep schools open, we need cooperation from our entire school community. Continued diligence from every Summit family is critical in our ability to reopen the High School and prevent additional school closures. As per the Department of Health, large social gatherings can significantly increase transmission of COVID-19, which will result in school closures. Small indoor gatherings where individuals are not wearing masks or distancing properly can also impact our schools’ ability to remain open. It is imperative that we limit the risk of transmission by avoiding social gatherings. We thank everyone in advance for following these mitigation measures in an effort to keep our schools open.

We will continue to communicate with our Summit Public Schools community 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

Stacy Grimaldi
Principal, Summit High School

Dr. Cheryl Moretz
Principal, Brayton School

Matthew Carlin
Principal, Lincoln-Hubbard School

Lauren Banker
Principal, Washington School