Prior to the week of Nov. 16, the district had just 17 positive cases of COVID-19 since the school year began in September. In order to minimize the risk of a spread, 138 individuals at the district had to quarantine, including 29 staff members.
At this month’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Joseph Del Rossi said faculty quarantine requirements have caused staffing shortages at the district’s seven schools.
Medford Township Schools began posting a COVID-19 dashboard on Tuesday, which will be updated each week with new positive case and quarantine totals.
“As you read the dashboard, please understand quarantines are required by the Burlington County Department of Health,” Del Rossi wrote in a letter announcing the dashboard. “Quarantines in these situations are not optional. They are a directive from the health department.”
The district also released a checklist parents can use to determine if their child should quarantine prior to testing positive. The district asks parents to use this checklist to screen their children before they leave for school each morning.