NJ high school cancels graduation after senior tests positive for COVID-19

Maya Rajamani
July 15, 2020 - 12:43 pm

    LITTLE SILVER, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- A New Jersey high school canceled its in-person graduation ceremony after a senior tested positive for COVID-19 — and potentially exposed classmates to the virus. 

    Red Bank Regional High School in Monmouth County was supposed to hold an in-person commencement ceremony this coming Thursday, July 16, but the school district ultimately decided to scrap those plans, according to a letter posted on its website. 

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    “Early this week, it was reported that one of our senior students tested positive for COVID-19 and potentially had exposure to a number of classmates,” the school’s principal and superintendent wrote in the letter. 

    The decision to cancel the graduation followed “consultation with the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission and local authorities."

    “Although disappointing, we must continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff,” they wrote. “Best wishes for a safe and pleasant July.” 

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in May said schools would be able to start holding outdoor graduation ceremonies “that comply with social distancing” starting July 6.