Three students at Ocean Township High School have tested positive for Covid-19.
As a result, after consultation with the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission and the New Jersey State Epidemiologist, school officials believe that it is in the best interest of students, staff and the community to place the high school on all-remote learning for a period starting Wed., Sept. 23 through Fri., Sept. 25.
In an email to parents the district said in-person instruction at the high school will return Tues., Sept. 29, after the Yom Kippur holiday.
The OTHS athletic program will be placed on hiatus through September 25. This includes all in-person practices and games. Practices may continue virtually. Individuals deemed to have been in close contact with the infected students will carry out a longer period of quarantine.
The three elementary schools and the Intermediate School will remain open for students as per the hybrid model.
School Superintendent James Stefankiewicz said in an email to parents that the steps were necessary due to the virus. “Please understand that we want nothing more than to be in school,” the email said. “. However, we feel we must take this short hiatus from in-person instruction in order to ensure the health and safety of our students, families and staff. Together, we will overcome the challenges that we face. As always, thank you for your support.”