COVID-19 instances in Connecticut are starting to rise and a few school districts which simply sent students back into the classroom are having to make a few changes.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s governor said Monday that he doesn’t want to find schools closing their buildings due to isolated coronavirus cases.
JUST IN: Student at Chase Elementary in Waterbury tests positive for COVID-19 https://t.co/BtNNluBtCC— WTNH News 8 (@WTNH) September 14, 2020
WATERBURY — A Chase Elementary School classroom was requested to self-quarantine after a student tested positive for COVID-19.
Cases are popping up among students and staff members, that will be forcing some schools to close their doors and switch to remote learning.
A variety of colleges throughout the nation switched briefly to online learning on Monday because of positive coronavirus evaluations.
Hartford Public Schools announced two cases of COVID-19 from the area on Monday morning.
A pupil in Weaver High School tested positive for COVID-19 and through contract training four pupils were made to have come in near contacat together with the pupil that tested positive, the district said. The four students from close contact will need to self-quarantine at home for 14 days. In-person classes are continuing at the college. The individual was asymptomatic before testing was advised to quarantine at home. Through contract tracing, the district notified two staff members and also a student of close contact and asked them to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
Dr. Verna D. Ruffin, Superintendent of Waterbury Schools stated contact tracing has already begun and those who were identified as close contacts were suitably notified.
She also said,”Cleaning and portion of the school has been performed per defined protocol. As a precaution, most of the pupils in the specific course will transition to distance learning through Thursday, September 24. We assure you that we are taking the measures required to guard the health of our staff and students.”
But speaking on WNPR radio Monday, Gov. Ned Lamont stated he doesn’t think that’s the correct approach to tackling limited outbreaks.
“No, no, no, no,” he said. “Specially for K , we’re trying to maintain that 4th grade course unto itself as a pod for a cohort. So if there happens to be a disease in that one class, it’s just those 20 pupils and that instructor who’d have to quarantine — maybe not the entire middle school or not the entire school.”
Students at East Hartford, Westbrook and West Haven large schools have announced they will change to remote learning before Thursday after pupils tested positive for the virus from those buildings.
Waterbury school classroom quarantined after student tests positive for COVID: WATERBURY – A Chase Elementary School classroom has been sent to quarantine until Sept. 25 after one student tested positive for COVID-19. School Superintendent Verna Ruffin… https://t.co/XXXpknpENJ— Republican American (@rep_am) September 14, 2020
Killingly High School and Bridgeport’s Tisdale School were shut for Monday after positive tests there. It was not clear when these schools will reopen to peer learning.
The Dag Hammarskjold Middle School in Wallingford stated it’ll be shut until Wednesday at the first while the local health department conducts contact tracing on a part of the school community that obtained a favorable coronavirus test.
School is still open but entire class is staying home for 10 days after one student tested positive for Covid-19.— Suzie Hunter (@TheSuzieHunter) September 14, 2020
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The Chase Elementary School in Waterbury stays open, but students in a specific classroom are ordered into quarantine following a classmate analyzed positive. That class will change to distant learning through Thursday.
Take a minute today to read about Torrin Howard – a young man from Waterbury taken too soon by COVID-19.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) April 13, 2020
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those colleges have said they’ll conduct deep cleaning during the closures to help block the spread of this virus.
“We are working every day with all the superintendents; every day with the prosecution,” Lamont said. “So far, I believe that they’re doing very nicely.”
The state has seen a increase in COVID-19 cases lately among individuals ages 10 to 25, the Health Department stated. The state was expected to update its own coronavirus amount Monday afternoon.
Does your state meet these public health benchmarks for managing its coronavirus epidemic? Unless you live in Connecticut or Vermont, the answer is probably no: https://t.co/HncaREuFBR— Vox (@voxdotcom) September 9, 2020
Connecticut ended last week with an overall infection rate of more than 1% for three consecutive days.
Lamont explained colleges are doing a great job of contact tracing and it is essential that kids get back in the classroom. “We are still among the lowest states in conditions on disease rates in the country.”
The pupil who tested positive won’t be permitted to go back to school for 14 days.
In case you have any concerns or questions, please get the Waterbury Emergency Operations Center in 203-597-3444 or your kid’s Principal.