Mary J. Donohue school in Bayonne contact tracing due to ‘COVID-19 positive individual’

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The Mary J. Donohue Community School in Bayonne is contact tracing after identifying a “COVID-19 positive individual,” Principal Philip Baccarella wrote in a letter to parents and staff today.

The Mary J. Donohue Community School in Bayonne. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The Bayonne school district in our effort to provide all of our stakeholders with current up-to-date information on our COVID-19 positives in our school buildings is notifying you of a COVID-19 positive in Mary J. Donohue School,” the letter, which was forwarded to HCV, says.

“The principal, nurse, and/or local health department is identifying those who were in close contact with the COVID-19 positive individual … There is nothing you need to do at this time – if you or your child are considered in close contact you will be contacted.”

Yesterday in a letter to parents and guardians, Bayonne Superintendent of Schools John J. Niesz said that in anticipation of hot, humid days on Monday and Wednesday, “frequent mask breaks” will be permitted in non-air conditioned classrooms.

” … We will allow 1-2 mask breaks per 1/2 hour or more if needed. The superintendent will allow teachers to exercise their discretion and have more mask breaks due to weather conditions on these two specific days.”

Niesz continued that the duration of the mask breaks will be at the discretion of teachers and staff, as well as that masks remain required while walking in hallways.

Gov. Phil Murphy (D) implemented a mask mandate for faculty and students, along with a coronavirus vaccine/testing mandate that goes into effect next month for school employees, for the 2021-2022 scholastic year that began last week.

Additionally, remote learning is currently not permitted under current state guidelines.