Two Westport students— a middle schooler and a high school student—have tested positive for COVID-19 but neither has been in attendance this year in Westport schools, Superintendent Thomas Scarice said today.
In an email to parents reporting on Tuesday’s opening of schools, Scarice said he received notifications about the two students late Tuesday,
“I can report that no exposures have been identified to have happened at school,” he said.
Scarice said the school district has followed all established protocols, including notifying the Westport-Weston Health District, and that close contacts that may have happened outside of school have been identified.
“These contacts have been advised by our Health District to self-quarantine for 14 days,” he said.
Here is the text of the Scarice email:
Dear Westport Families and Staff:
I am pleased to share that the first two days of school have been very successful. Our eager faculty and support staff are enthusiastically welcoming back over 5,000 students. There have been some adjustments, and there will be others over the coming days and weeks as we seek to improve our practices. Yet, all in all, I could not be more proud to be part of this school community.
However, our current reality is that we continue to endure the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic. I was given a stark reminder of this yesterday.
Late yesterday afternoon, the Westport Public Schools was notified about two separate cases of students testing positive for COVID-19. One involves a middle school student and the other involves a high school student. Neither student has been in attendance at our schools thus far this year. As a result, I can report that no exposures have been identified to have happened at school.
The school district followed all established protocols by notifying the Westport/Weston Health District and sought input from our Medical Advisor. Close contacts that may have happened outside of school have been identified. These contacts have been advised by our Health District to self-quarantine for 14 days. Again, no exposures have been identified to have happened at school, but we remain vigilant in monitoring illnesses, absenteeism and any positive COVID-19 cases within our school community.
As a reminder, it is important that we all continue to follow the established COVID-19 safety protocols:
Self-screening of staff and students for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to attending school each day and notifying the health office of these symptoms
Staying home when sick
Following preventive measures such as regular handwashing, physical distancing and wearing masks
Cooperating with the local health district and /or school officials during contact tracing and follow all recommendations
I suspect that we will continue to feel the effects of COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. Additional cases will likely emerge in school districts across the state. Yet with vigilance in our preventive measures, and by working closely with our medical professionals, our parents, and our faculty, we can continue to serve our children in our schools during this challenging time.