Just three weeks into the new school year, it’s already back to the drawing board for students and teachers at one school district in New Jersey.
At least 864 students, or about 6% of the student population, and 26 staff members are in quarantine in Toms River after they were exposed to COVID-19, according to officials. Now experts are trying to figure out how the virus spread so quickly among students and staff.
With 19 schools and more than 15,000 students, Toms River is one of New Jersey’s largest districts. Since the start of the school year, 218 students have tested positive for COVID-19 and others were quarantined after coming into contact with them.