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October 11, 2020

Dear PPS Parents and Staff,

We have made the decision today to suspend soccer practice for a week as a precaution because one of our ​PHS soccer players has been exposed to ​an individual with confirmed COVID-19. The student lives in a household where an individual tested positive for COVID. The decision to suspend soccer practices and games for a week affects 36 players on the boys​' soccer team as well as their coaches and athletic trainers. The coaches and athletic trainer will work from home for the next week as a precautionary measure.

We have not seen any signs of illness among our soccer players​, and the team has abided by all recommended health protocols. We want our soccer players, our coaches, and our athletic trainers to remain healthy. We anticipate that the boys on the team will be able to return to school with their cohorts beginning the week of October 19.

In a related case, the district took similar precautions at Johnson Park when a student who lives i​n the same household as the soccer player was exposed to ​coronavirus. Both the Johnson Park student and the PHS soccer player will quarantine at their home​, and no other measures are mandated. PPS enacted extra precautions in both cases because our schools are in the beginning of a phased-in hybrid reopening and the district does not want to jeopardize reopening the middle school or high school next week. We look forward to having students in Pre-K through 12th grade back in school soon.

I am pleased to say that​, despite the rain today, we had a very positive experience as we brought back cohorts in grades two through five for the first time since March. I would like to thank the staff for their dedication and continued professionalism​, and I would like to commend parents and students for their attentiveness to health protocols. Mask-wearing is crucial. So far we have had a successful reopening and while our medical experts tell us nothing is certain our prospects for continued hybrid learning appear to be good.

If you have any specific COVID-19 questions, please contact the Princeton Health Department at 609.497.7608. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Barry Galasso
Interim Superintendent

 

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