Hoboken’s Wallace School switching to all remote learning after 2 positive COVID-19 tests

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Hoboken’s Wallace Elementary School is switching to all remote learning for about two-and-a-half weeks after two staffers tested positive for COVID-19.

The Wallace Elementary School in Hoboken. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Last evening we learned that an individual in Wallace School is asymptomatic but has tested positive for COVID-19 … We were notified that another individual tested positive this morning,” Wallace School Principal Martin Shannon wrote in an email to parents obtained by HCV.

Shannon explained that the first case “was contained to a rather small population” and students and staff that may have come in contact with this person were asked to participate in virtual learning only through November 4th.

As a result of the second positive test, which is in the process of contract tracing, the administrative staff has decided to place everyone on remote instruction effective tomorrow, October 22nd through Monday, November 9th.

“Please keep in mind that while children are on remote instruction, the building will continue to be cleaned and disinfected. As always, we ask that you continue to monitor your child’s health,” Shannon continued.

Parents that have children who test positive for the coronavirus asked to contract the school nurse, Filomena Konopka, as soon as possible at fkonopka@hoboken.k12.nj.us, in order to contact trace and take other “proper actions.”

This is at least the third Hudson County school to close temporarily due to a positive coronavirus test, with Memorial High School in West New York and North Bergen High School also on the list.