COVID-19 cases in Connecticut are starting to rise and some school districts that just sent students back to the classroom are having to make some changes.
Cases are popping up among students and staff members, which is forcing some schools to close their doors and switch to remote learning.
Jettie S. Tisdale School in Bridgeport is also closed today after the superintendent said a staff member tested positive for coronavirus. Officials said the school will be closed for the rest of the week.
East Hartford High School is closed today and tomorrow after a student tested positive for COVID-19.
"I am writing to you today to inform you that a student in our school community has tested positive for COVID-19. As soon as the district was made aware of this confirmed diagnosis, East Hartford Public Schools (EHPS) notified the East Hartford Department of Public Health (EHDPH) to assess the risk of transmission within the school and the entire district," Supt.Nathan Quesnel wrote in a message to the East Hartford High School community.
East Hartford High School will resume online learning for the two days. On Monday, students will log into Google Classroom to obtain the Google Meet link from each of their teacher’s banners. Students will follow the A-Day schedule on Monday and on Tuesday students will follow the B-Day schedule. Both days are scheduled half-days, according to the superintendent.
There will be no athletic practices or after school activities held on the two days, and the building will be closed to all students, staff and visitors.
The local Department of Public Health will be reaching out to all identified contacts of the individual who tested positive and the school will be cleaned and disinfected.
Hartford Public Schools announced two cases of COVID-19 in the community on Monday morning.
A student at Weaver High School tested positive for COVID-19 and through contract tracing four students were determined to have come in close contacat with the student who tested positive, the district said. The four students in close contact will have to self-quarantine at home for 14 days. In-person classes are continuing at the school.
On September 11, Bellizzi Middle School's principal announced a community partner who was in the building tested positive. The person was asymptomatic before testing positive and was advised to quarantine at home. Through contract tracing, the district notified two staff members and a student of close contact and asked them to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
And in Killingly, Killingly High School will be closed today after a student tested positive there.
In all of these instances, the schools will be deep cleaned and contact tracing will be performed.
A student in a second grade classroom at Somers Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to school officials, eight students in the particular cohort class must self-quarantine for 14 days. Seven staff members are also self-quarantining.
The families of those eight students in the cohort will be doing remote learning.
The school is open for "Cohort A" students to attend today.
The Wallingford Health Department has initiated an investigation and said it will handle contact tracing to identify anyone who came in close contact with the person.
A specific classroom at Chase Elementary School in Waterbury is being quarantined after a student there tested positive for COVID-19.
All of the students in the affected class will transition to distance learning through Sept. 24, the school district said.
The rest of the school remains open for in-person learning.
The district said that if a child was in the same class cohort or in close contact with the confirmed positive case then the district will contact the family and the child will need to self-quarantine for 14 days.
West Haven High School is using a distance learning schedule for today and tomorrow after school officials said a student tested positive for COVID-19.
School officials said all athletic activities are canceled for today and tomorrow. Regular in-person classes resume on Wednesday.