5-26-22 Letter to Parents - Guardians and Team Members School No. 22 8-402

  • May 26, 2022 

    Dear Parents, Guardians and Team Members of Rm. 8-402 at School No. 22, 

    The Elizabeth Public Schools prioritizes the health and safety of all team members. We became aware today that an individual tested positive for COVID-19 at William F. Halloran School No. 22 and is currently self-isolating. We are unable to identify the individual due to the confidentiality of medical information. The District remains vigilant during these unprecedented times. We are following all our approved procedures in accordance with the New Jersey Department of Health and our 2021-2022 Guidebook. 

    In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students age 12 or older who have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people, students age 5-11 years old who have completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines, and students who have had confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the last 90 days (tested positive using a viral test).

    In addition, based on guidance from the City of Elizabeth Health Department, Room 5-203 will begin virtual instruction starting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24th through Friday, May 27th. Students can return to class on Tuesday, May 31st. 

    We are hopeful that the mitigation measures we have in place, such as universal masking, screening procedures, social distancing, enhanced cleaning procedures, and other precautions, will have their intended effect and reduce or minimize the risk of transmission in the school environment. We encourage parents, students and team members to continue following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention promoted safeguards, such as: 

    • Consistent and correct use of masks
    • Social distancing to the largest extent possible
    • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
    • Cleaning and disinfection
    • Contact tracing in collaboration with local health department

    Thank you for your support in these efforts and your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we work together to promote the health and well-being of our community.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 908-436-6131 or hugelmol@epsnj.org.


    Olga Hugelmeyer