South Brunswick High School hybrid plan delayed due to rise in COVID cases

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK – South Brunswick High School was supposed to begin its hybrid model on Nov. 16, allowing students to attend class in-person, but that phase of the reopening plan has been delayed due to a rising number of COVID cases.

“COVID cases are rising dramatically in the state and country. This has reached South Brunswick in the way of multiple cases hitting the high school, causing us to close the high school until Thanksgiving. This obviously impacts our reopening plans as the high school will not open for hybrid in-person learning on [Nov. 16] as scheduled,” Superintendent of Schools Scott Feder wrote in a message to the community on the district’s webpage.

While South Brunswick High was impacted by multiple cases, as of press time the K-8 schools were not impacted and are all still scheduled to open for in-person hybrid instruction on Nov. 16.

“I will caution you to be ready to pivot as the cases rise. Things could change and directives from government could be issued that close schools or some other form of impact. The second wave appears to be upon us. Health and safety must remain our No. 1 priority,” Feder said in the statement.

While the state numbers have reached April-like counts, South Brunswick continues to remain significantly off peak numbers from that time, Feder said.

“For example, during the peak months of COVID from the spring, South Brunswick documented an average over 75 cases a week. We all have to remain diligent and cognizant that our actions have an impact on others, as well as ourselves, and if these numbers begin to spike in South Brunswick, we may not have any option to open our doors. I do not share this to scare, but rather to speak plainly about our current reality,” Feder said in the statement.

There will be no more than one communication in a given day that summarizes any district positive cases from the day prior. This communication will summarize the district and tell any information about positive cases that officials are able to share from that day. Information will be divided by school.

“We hope this will help with misinformation being spread and causing undue anxiety. Our goal remains to keep you informed and of course to keep all safe and healthy,” Feder said in the statement.

For updated information, visit sbschools.org