Princeton HS student tests positive corn COVID, PHS goes to remote learning

A Princeton High School student has tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in school district officials’ decision to pivot to remote learning for all Princeton High School students Oct. 26 and Oct. 27.

School district officials learned of the student’s positive test for COVID-19 on Oct. 23.

The decision to revert to remote learning at Princeton High does not affect hybrid learning at the Princeton Unified Middle School – which is slated to open for in-person instruction on Oct. 26 – or at the four elementary schools, said Barry Galasso, interim superintendent of schools.

Galasso said school district officials will reassess the situation on Oct. 27 and announce plans for the rest of the week. In the meantime, the district is waiting for more information and to confirm whether others have been affected, he said.

“These decisions are never easy. We have consulted with local health officials, as well as our district doctor, to ensure that we are making the best decision possible,” Galasso said.

The health and safety of students and staff is the district’s top priority, he said.

Galasso encouraged students, parents and staff to continue to wear facial masks, practice social distancing, wash their hands and to follow other protocols that are, “at least for now,” the best way to keep the community healthy.