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9/30: COVID-19 Cases Affect Several Schools in Conn.

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Students have been back in school for a short time since the schools were shut down last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and some Connecticut school districts have sent students back home due to cases of the virus.

Some schools are closing and switching to remote learning while others are staying open and sending small groups home to quarantine.

Avon

A member of the Pine Grove School community has tested positive for COVID-19. Those who may have had close contact with this person will engage in remote learning through the end of the week. The classroom and common areas affected have been cleaned and disinfected, school officials said.

Berlin

Two members of the Berlin Public Schools community have tested positive for COVID-19. District officials said the two individuals were last at Griswold Elementary School on Friday, September 18, and that close contacts are being identified.

Students have been back in school for a short time since the schools were shut down last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and some Connecticut school districts have sent students back home due to cases of the virus.

Bridgeport

The Paul Lawrence Dunbar School in Bridgeport will be closed for in-person learning through Sept. 29, according to the district website. All classes will be remote during that time.

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Colchester

Colchester Elementary School is closed for in-person learning until Oct. 5 due to a staffing shortage, according to school administrators.

Three staff members at Colchester Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19 and other staff and some students who came in contact with them have been quarantined, Superintendent Jeffrey Burt said in a post on the school district's website last week.

The school said it plans to reopen on Oct. 5, if it is safe to do so.

Three staff members at Colchester Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19 and other staff and some students who came in contact with them have been quarantined, according to the superintendent.

Fairfield

Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Fairfield is closed for the next two days after three more positive cases of COVID-19 and more than 30 additional students have been asked to quarantine. 

This brings the total number of students and staff in quarantine to more than 80.

“For the second week in a row, we find ourselves having to deal with the consequences of our students participating in weekend activities without masks and without appropriate social distancing. In this case, it wasn’t parties, but seemingly innocent activities like playing pick-up football or basketball, or any sponsored event,” Supt. Mike Cummings wrote Wednesday.

Last week, town officials in Fairfield say as many as 100 people might have to quarantine after six people tied to the high school community tested positive for COVID-19.

Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said there are six positive cases tied to the high school community: five at Fairfield Ludlowe High School and one at Fairfield Prep.

The infected individuals are all currently in isolation.

During contact tracing, the health department discovered there were at least six gatherings over the weekend of high school students that might have led to these cases. Four of the events were attended by students who then tested positive for the virus.

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Glastonbury

School officials said a total of 25 students and two staff members at Glastonbury Public Schools are in quarantine.

Of the students in quarantine, 16 are from Glastonbury High School, seven are from Smith Middle School, one is from Gideon Welles School, and one is from Buttonball Elementary School, according to school officials.

One staff member from Hopewell School and another from the bus yard are also in quarantine, the school district said.

One student at Glastonbury High School has tested positive for COVID-19.

The numbers listed for people in quarantine indicate people who were in direct contact with someone who tested positive, according to the school district.

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Hamden

A student at Hamden High School has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Superintendent Jody Goeler.

The school district has reached out to anyone who had close contact with the student and provided them instructions on what steps to take, Goeler said in an email to parents. Students and staff who have not been in closed contact will remain in school.

Helen Street School in Hamden also reported a positive case earlier this month.

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Hebron

A person who works in a support capacity for Hebron schools has tested positive for coronavirus, according to school superintendent Thomas Baird.

The individual was last at Hebron Elementary School and Gilead Hill School on Sept. 15, Baird said. The person will remain in self-isolation for 10 days.

The district and Chatham Health determined that no students or staff were at risk for exposure to the virus in connection to the case.

New Britain

There are confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 at five schools in New Britain, according to the school district.

The positive cases are at New Britain High School, Pulaski Middle School, Lincoln Elementary School, Holmes Elementary School, and Chamberlain Elementary School.

For the high school and Lincoln Elementary School, the cases were determined to be isolated and those schools will be open on Wednesday.

Because the district learned about the cases at Pulaski Middle School and Holmes Elementary school late in the day on Tuesday and they had not completed contact tracing, those schools will move to remote learning on Wednesday and Thursday, the district said. Those schools will return to in-person learning on Friday.

The district was notified about the case at Chamberlain Elementary on Wednesday afternoon. The New Britain Department of Public Health determined the individual had no close contacts with anyone else in the building and the school will remain fully open, according to the district.

Also in New Britain, a member of the CLIMB Program tested positive for COVID-19, according to the school district.

The school district was notified of the positive case last Friday afternoon and the person has been told to remain home and quarantine for 14 days.

The last day this person was at the program was on Sept. 21, school officials said.

New Canaan

In New Canaan, 53 students are quarantining at home after four classmates tested positive for coronavirus. The students who are quarantining were determined to have close contact with the students who tested positive. Those four students are not included in the quarantine count, according to the superintendent. A staff member at the high school is also in quarantine.

Three of the four cases at the high school appear to be connected through youth sports activities, according to the superintendent.

A staff member at West Elementary School is quarantining as well. It was not clear why that person is in quarantine.

North Branford

School officials said administrators were notified that a member of the North Branford High School community tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and immediate action was taken to isolate, perform contact tracing and notify anyone who was in close contact with this person.

Plainfield

A staff member within the Plainfield High School community has tested positive for COVID-19.

The district said it learned about the positive case on Friday and the person has been instructed to remain home and quarantine for 14 days.

The last day the person was in Plainfield High School was September 21.

Plainfield High School is closed from Monday, Sept. 28 through Wednesday, Sept. 30. Volleyball has also been canceled for the week.

Students will be remote learning while the school is closed.

Preston

Preston Public Schools have moved to virtual instruction for Monday, Sept. 28 and Tuesday, Sept. 29 after a member of the school community tested positive for coronavirus. The superintendent notified families that virtual instruction will continue on Wednesday and said to be prepared for a possible shift for at least the next 14 days to full virtual instruction.

The infected person has been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 14 days and family members have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested.

The last day the person was in the district was Friday and anyone who is considered a close contact with has been contacted or will be contacted.

Simsbury

A support staff member at Simsbury High School tested positive for COVID-19. After determining that the staff member had no close contacts while working at the school, the district determined the school can remain open.

Southington

All classes at Southington High School will be remote on Wednesday after administrators were made aware of a positive case of COVID-19 at the school.

The person with COVID-19 was last in the building on Sept. 24, according to an email sent to parents from Superintendent Timothy Connellan on Tuesday.

The decision to go remote on Wednesday was made to allow health officials to continue contact tracing and determine who else in the school may have been in close contact with the infected person. An update on when in-person classes will resume will be provided on Wednesday afternoon, Connellan said.

A person at Hatton Elementary School also tested positive for coronavirus. That person and anyone who it is determined were in close contact them, will quarantine at home for 14 days. Students and staff who did not come in close contact with the infected person will be at school for in-person learning on Wednesday.

Stratford

Bunnell High School is closed for 14 days after two additional people tested positive for COVID-19.

School officials said in a letter on Friday that the high school is closed and students will be distance learning for the next two weeks.

On Friday, school officials said they were notified of two additional positive COVID-19 cases within the Bunnell High School community. Anyone who was directly in contact with either person who tested positive will be contacted and should remain in quarantine for 14 days, they said.

The plan is to resume the hybrid model on October 12, school officials added.

Trumbull

Hillcrest Middle School is closed to all students because of a case of COVID-19 and school will be remote while the school is closed.

Students in Cohort B will be able to re-enter the building on Thursday, Oct. 1, according to a statement from the principal.

"This decision was not made lightly, and was the result of careful and thorough contact tracing completed by the Trumbull Nursing Department. We are very grateful for their help and support," Bryan Rickert, principal of Hillcrest Middle School wrote in a letter to families.

Waterbury

District officials announced Tuesday that two people at Chase Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19. Both classes will move to distance learning through Friday, October 9.

There has also been a positive case at North End Middle School. There are no closures associated with that case.

A staff member at Waterbury Arts Magnet School has tested positive for the coronavirus. The school will shift to remote learning until Thursday, October 1, while the building is cleaned and disinfected and contact tracers notify those affected.

School officials said last Monday that one in-person student at Washington Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. The specific cohort affected is distance learning through Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Over the weekend, school officials said one person taking in-person classes at Wilson Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. The person's class/cohort will transition to distance learning through Friday, Oct. 2.

Two people at Wilby High School who are attending school virtually also tested positive. Those two people have not been in the building and have been distance learning since the first day of school, officials added.

The city's contact tracing team is working to identify close contacts involved with the in-person positive case.

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Waterford

The Friendship School in Waterford is reporting a case of COVID-19 and said the person who tested positive has been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 10 days.

School officials said in a message to members of the school community that they were notified Monday that a member of our school community has tested positive for coronavirus and that family members have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested.

Anyone who is considered a close contact with the person has been contacted or will be contacted by school or local health officials

West Hartford

West Hartford school officials said there has been a case of COVID-19 at Hall High School. The person participated in football practice last week and all players and staff who had close contact with the person are beginning a 14-day quarantine period.

Windsor

A student at Windsor High School and a student at Sage Park tested positive for COVID-19. All students who have been deemed to be a close contact were notified. A letter on the school website says the impacted class would quarantine for 14 days, retroactive to the last contact, and will participate in distance learning for that time.

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