South Plainfield field hockey player tests positive for COVID, forcing East Brunswick team into quarantine; Churchill Junior High goes remote


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EAST BRUNSWICK–The East Brunswick Public School District’s eighth grade field hockey team will quarantine after coming in close contact with a South Plainfield player who tested positive for coronavirus.

In a prepared statement dated Oct. 7, Superintendent Victor Valeski said the school district was notified that its entire eighth grade field hockey team was in “close contact” with a player from South Plainfield during competition on Oct. 5. The player tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct 7.

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Vasleski said this will require the entire eighth grade field hockey team to quarantine for 14 days.

“It is important to note that our student athletes are being quarantined as ‘close contacts’ and we are not aware of any positive COVID-19 cases among any of the East Brunswick team members at this time,” Valeski said in the Oct. 7 statement.

No new cases were known as of press time.

Valeski said the school district has a significant number of teachers who had been contacts of those “close contacts” on Oct. 7 and they must quarantine for 72 hours.

“Because we will have a shortage of teachers who can be in the building for the face-to-face component of our hybrid learning model, Churchill Junior High School will be closed for in-person learning activities but will operate from a virtual learning environment on Oct. 8 for all students and staff,” Valeski said in the statement.

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