Howell School To Temporarily Go Remote After COVID-19 Case

HOWELL – Students who attend the Griebling School will be switched to a fully remote learning program for two days this week after someone on school grounds tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the school’s website and a letter sent home to parents, the remote learning will take place Monday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 15.

It is unclear if the person who tested positive was a teacher or student but the letter sent by Principal Nancy Rupp and Superintendent Joseph Isola called for patience and vigilance.

The letter said “this action will allow us to continue to partner with the Monmouth County Health Department as they work through their contact tracing to ensure a safe reopening for our students and staff. While we have already begun the extensive cleansing process, this additional time will allow us to optimally complete the process.”

In addition, the school administrators said they would send additional communication should the need to quarantine or schedules change. 

They also urge all parents to observe their child for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and to contact their doctors if any signs or symptoms are noted. If any child tests positive, parents are urged to let the school nurse know and for them to remain home.

Students and staff went back for their first day of instruction on Thursday, September 10 and had only been in school two days before this unexpected schedule shift.

Officials said that families have all been contacted if they were impacted and have to quarantine for 14 days.