Red Bank Regional enacts virtual learning after 17-year-old gets coronavirus
A Monmouth County regional high school has announced it will be first in New Jersey to enact its virtual learning contingency plan for novel coronavirus.
The decision came on the same day that the state lab returned a positive test result for a 17-year-old girl in the district.
Red Bank Regional High School — which serves students from Red Bank, Little Silver and Shrewsbury — will transition March 12 to its "virtual school instructional plan until further notice," officials said.
The announcement on the school's website also noted the older sibling of a student tested “presumed positive” for the virus, also known as COVID-19, as of Monday, March 9. The school closed as a precaution on March 10 and 11.
A 17-year-old Little Silver female resident was among Wednesday's latest presumptive positive cases of the novel coronavirus, state officials confirmed to Townsquare Media News.
There was no specific disclosure as to whether the teen was a relative of the 27-year-old Little Silver man whose illness was announced Monday, according to state health officials. His exposure was believed to have occurred at a conference in Boston in late February. Dozens of fellow attendees of the Biogen conference also tested positive.
Messages left for the Red Bank Regional School superintendent and principal were not immediately returned Wednesday evening.
These days are counted by the state Department of Education as official school days, according to Red Bank Regional school officials. Extra-curricular activities and sports are suspended indefinitely.
In Middlesex County, South Brunswick schools also were closed Wednesday, March 11, amid concern that a student might have been exposed to novel coronavirus as a gathering in Princeton, township school officials said. No virtual learning was in-place, and the day does not count toward the 180-day minimum under state Department of Education requirements.
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