Waterbury Public Schools to Close Over COVID-19 Concerns

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Waterbury Public Schools are closing amid growing concerns about the novel coronavirus.

School officials announced Thursday that the district would close effective immediately through at least March 20.

Officials said Friday that the Food Service Department will provide grab-and-go meals for all students to pick up beginning Monday, March 16. Meals can be picked up between 9 a.m. and noon at the following locations:

  • Bucks Hill
  • Bunker Hill School
  • Chase School
  • Wendell L. Cross School
  • Driggs School
  • Generali School
  • Hopeville School
  • Kingsbury School
  • Duggan School
  • Sprague School
  • Tinker School
  • Walsh School
  • Washington School
  • Gilmartin School
  • Carrington School
  • Regan School
  • Rotella Magnet School
  • Maloney Magnet School
  • Wilson School
  • Reed School
  • Waterbury Arts Magnet
  • Crosby High School
  • Wilby High School
  • Kennedy High School
  • Waterbury Career Academy

Thousands of students in the district receive meals every day.

The district will also have a distance learning plan available to continue learning during this time period, which will involve assignments students can complete at home. More information is available here.

During the closure, custodial staff will continue cleaning school facilities and buses.

The City of Waterbury has activated its Emergency Operations Center, which will be staffed 24 hours a day. Residents looking for more information about how the city is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak can call 3-1-1 for information.

Other large school districts including Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven have also made the decision to close.

Five people in Connecticut have tested positive for COVID-19.

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