West Orange High School pivots to online learning after positive COVID-19 cases on campus

Officials at West Orange High School announced Friday that 10 people there tested positive for COVID-19 and that at least two more cases were pending.The Department of Health identified that 159 students and staff members had direct contact with those 10 people and they have asked all of them to quarantine.For the next two weeks, the 922 students and staff members who would have been on campus to learn will instead be doing at-home learning.The plan is to bring everyone back on Monday, Oct. 5.The district and Department of Health will offer drive-thru testing for free for West Orange High School students and staff members who have been on campus in the meantime.Health officials said they believe an outbreak at Olympia High School earlier this month was due in part to a birthday party.

Officials at West Orange High School announced Friday that 10 people there

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West Orange High School preparing for 2 weeks of online learning after COVID-19 cases

A parent of a student at West Orange High School said a move to entirely virtual schooling over the next two weeks is necessary, but there still are reservations.

The move is coming after school district leaders said there were at least 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Paul Oteng has a senior at West Orange and said his daughter’s safety means the most.

“If keeping them at home is going to make them safe,” he said. “I don’t think I have any problems with that.”

But Oteng also said he has a few reservations about her learning fully online. She’s been face to face this semester.

“Interactions with other people,” he described as one concern. “I don’t know if she’s having any problems (if) she’ll have a teacher there to help.”

School officials said more than 100 students and staff members had direct contact with those 10 people who tested

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