Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus-flu Season
Posted on 02/06/2020
Dear West Essex Families,

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) have been working collaboratively to respond with information for school communities on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, China.  Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are a cause for public health concern; however, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the immediate risk to the general U.S. public is low at this time. The CDC and World Health Organization will continue to closely monitor the situation providing on-going guidance.  


In addition, the NJDOH has established a hotline (1-800-222-1222) to answer questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.  Operated by the Poison Information and Education System, the 24-hour public hotline is staffed with trained healthcare professionals and can accommodate callers in multiple languages.


The NJDOH is also reporting widespread influenza (flu) activity in all regions of the state. They have issued action steps for schools and childcare centers to follow with regard to monitoring students and staff and have stated that schools should follow standard procedures for routine cleaning and disinfecting.   

Staying informed and taking everyday preventive actions are always recommended to minimize the spread of viruses.  Please take a moment to review the links below containing guidelines and informational materials:   


NJDOH - Information for Families and Schools

CDC - Frequently Asked Questions

NJDOH - Seasonal Influenza

CDC - Influenza 


The health and safety of our students and staff will remain the district's top priority, and we will  continue to work cooperatively with the NJDOE and NJDOH.


Thank you for your continued support.


Damion Macioci
Superintendent of Schools
West Essex Regional High School
65 West Greenbrook Road
North Caldwell, NJ 07006
(O) 973-228-1200 x3102 (F) 973-228-0559
dmacioci@westex.org