SUMMIT, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough and Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary School Principal Matt Carlin, in a letter to the "Lincoln-Hubbard School Community" subsequently obtained by TAPinto Summit, have disclosed that the school will close its building for 24 hours after two "individuals" at the school tested positive for COVID-19.

The closure -- to provide the opportunity for the Westfield Regional Health Department to perform contact tracing -- means instruction on October 27 will be all-remote.

The letter states, "We are writing to inform you that the Westfield Regional Health Department has notified the District that two individuals tested positive for COVID-19 at Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary School. In order to provide health officials time to conduct contract tracing without risking the health of our school community, we have decided to close the school building for the next 24 hours. Instruction will continue remotely for all students tomorrow, October 27, 2020. We anticipate that students and staff can return to the school building on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, unless you are identified as a close contact. Close contacts will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Our custodial team will continue their rigorous cleaning and sanitizing procedures throughout the school. Health officials did not recommend closing any other schools in the District. 

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As a reminder, contact tracing is conducted by the Department of Health. We assist with sharing information on scheduling, seating charts, and attendance, but this is an effort led by the Department of Health. The Department of Health determines who is established as a close contact, usually within 24 hours, if there are any."

The two "individuals" are the 12th and 13th to test positive for the virus in the Summit Public Schools.