Robbinsville High School shut down this week following a COVID-19 outbreak
A Mercer County school is shutting down this week following a COVID-19 outbreak.
Robbinsville High School will be empty for at least a week, with students shifting to remote learning, after COVID cases at the school kept on rising.
And it's not just the school, cases in town are rising as well. So much so that the mayor canceled its community festival.
The school is prioritizing safety, saying that only 62% of its students eligible are vaccinated.
"We will continue to work in partnership with all health officials to get our students back in the classroom, but we need the community to work with us, as well," says Superintendent Brian Betze.
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Betze also asks that the school community is honest in completing the COVID-19 form, and to work with the school officials to assist with contact tracing.
Contact tracing is supposed to happen this week, as well as a deep cleaning of the school.
Activities like sports and clubs have also been canceled for the week. Free lunch will be available this week for students at the middle school.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 199 children died of the flu in 2020. According to the American Association of Pediatrics, 397 children have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.