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Hackettstown HS cancels remainder of football season for the 2020-2021 school year after another positive COVID-19 case

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Hackettstown High School announced Wednesday evening that their football season has ended after another positive coronavirus case at the school.

“My office was just informed that there is another positive case of COVID-19 at the Hackettstown High School.  This positive confirmation will cancel the remaining football season for the 20-21 school year.  The athletic department and the Warren County Health Department will review all other fall sports as stated in the previous message within the next 24 hours,” Superintendent David Mango said.

“All those considered close contacts will be notified by Mr. Sosnovik, building principal, and the Warren County Health Department no later than tomorrow October 29, 2020,” Mango said.

Hackettstown High School will go all-virtual for two weeks due to positive COVID-19 cases at the school, Mango also said Wednesday evening.

“There has been another reported positive case of COVID-19 at the Hackettstown High School this evening. This positive confirmation impacts numerous staff members across all levels including administration. This is coupled with the staff impacted from the incident over the weekend. Therefore, the Hackettstown High School will be operating on a virtual schedule for the next two weeks. Students and staff will return to in-person instruction on Thursday, November 12th,” Mango said Wednesday evening.

The PSAT testing scheduled for Thursday will be rescheduled for a later date. Fall sports practices and games are suspended for October 29. The continuation of fall sports will be reviewed by the athletic department and the Warren County Health department over the next 24 hours, Mango said.

“All Hackettstown High School staff not identified as a close contact will be permitted to return to the High School beginning Monday, November 2, 2020 for virtual instruction. During this timeframe, all instructional staff members will have an option to continue instructing virtually from home, return to the High School to instruct virtually or a mixed model so long as it is consistent for students, mirrors the district’s virtual platform expectations and is cross referenced by building administration,” Mango said.

“Moving forward, more information from the Hackettstown High School administrative team will be provided and forthcoming regarding technological access, technological concerns, materials, etc. My office thanks our community for their continued support in taking proactive measures ensuring the health and safety of our entire school community,” Mango said.

The Hackettstown Middle School will remain virtual until Nov. 8 due to a positive COVID-19 case.

“In addition, the final COVID test results regarding Hatchery Hill School have not been confirmed. However, and in consultation with the Warren County Health Department, Hatchery Hill School will resume in-person instruction, tomorrow, October 29th. Please know that our facility has been sanitized and is a safe environment to return to for students and staff. Anyone considered a close contact for this pending COVID case has been under quarantine and has not been on the Hatchery Hill School property,” Mango said Wednesday evening.

UPDATE from Superintendent David Mango: “This alert services as a follow up to the pending COVID-19 test results at the Hatchery Hill School.  My office has just received notification that those test results have been confirmed positive. Please know that this does not negatively impact or change tomorrow’s return to school for students and staff at the Hatchery Hill School.  The Hatchery Hill School has been deep cleaned several times and has been deemed safe to return to in person instruction as supported by the Warren County Health Department. My office realizes today has been difficult to process but rest assure we will continue to act in the best interest of health and safety for our students, staff and school community.”

Willow Grove School has remained opened.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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