NJ high school switches to distance learning due to high number of COVID cases


UPDATE: NJ School Districts Report Hundreds of COVID Cases. Why the state’s numbers seem so much lower.

A high number of coronavirus case prompted authorities to shut down Robbinsville High School for the week, with all classes to be taught remotely starting Monday.

Mercer County High School sports teams are also on hiatus, Superintendent Brian J. Betze said in a statement.

In addition, a “significant” number of students at Pond Road Middle School in Robbinsville are quarantined and a class at Sharon Elementary School in the district is quarantined, although both schools remain open.

According to the district COVID-19 dashboard, As of September 17, 220 students in the district have been quarantined at Sharon Elementary School, 68 at Pond Road Middle School and 85 at Robbinsville High School.

The district also reported 22 positive cases among high school students and one staff member, 4 positive cases among middle school students and 4 positive cases among students and one primary school staff member.

About 62% of students aged 12 and over in the district are vaccinated, Betze said.

Students can return to high school on September 27 as long as they have not tested positive for COVID, have no symptoms, or the state health department orders the building to remain closed

In a video Friday, Betze said that 75 students at Pond Middle School who tried for the football team were forced into self-quarantine and that there have been three outbreaks unrelated to the city’s high school.

Township officials last week canceled the Robbinsville Community Day Festival – citing multiple coronavirus outbreaks.

NJ Advance Media staff writer Noah Cohen contributed to this report.

Jeff Goldman can be reached at [email protected].


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