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Schools Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19; Superintendent in Self-Quarantine

“As you are aware, the administration has been hard at work developing plans for the safe reopening of schools.

“This work has involved building-based leadership teams of administrators, teachers, and other key personnel who have been meeting for planning purposes both remotely and in person.

“The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 met in person with members of the Coleytown Elementary School leadership team last week.  I was present for part of the meeting as well. 

“All of us who attended the meeting were adhering to applicable health and safety guidelines, such as social distancing and mask-wearing. 

“The administration has notified the employees affected by this matter and will be responding in accordance with guidance from our state and local public health officials.

“Current guidance from the Connecticut State Department of Education and the State Department of Public Health advises that individuals who may have been in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 self-quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the person diagnosed with COVID-19.

“This guidance encourages district leaders to consult their local public health experts and to consider all specific circumstances on a case-by-case basis when deciding how to respond to specific COVID-19 scenarios that may occur with school reopening. 

“Consistent with this guidance, and in consultation with our local public health experts and taking into account the specifics of this matter, the administration has directed those in close contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time of contact and has advised them to be tested for COVID-19. 

“The District has plans in place to support District operations while those in quarantine, including myself, work remotely.  The quarantine period will end before students arrive on Sept.  8, 2020.

“Additionally, as a precaution, our facilities team is conducting a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the rooms used by the leadership team at CES last Wednesday.

“This incident serves as an important reminder that despite the low transmission rates in Westport and throughout Connecticut, COVID-19 is still present among us.

“Yet, after only seven weeks in the community, it has become abundantly clear to me that, working together, we can address these matters expeditiously and effectively with the health and safety of our students, staff, and community as a top priority.

“If any community can meet this challenge, I have complete confidence in the faculty and community members of Westport.

“We will update the school community and the families and staff of Coleytown Elementary School as we have additional information to share.”

“As you are aware, the administration has been hard at work developing plans for the safe reopening of schools.

“This work has involved building-based leadership teams of administrators, teachers, and other key personnel who have been meeting for planning purposes both remotely and in person.

“The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 met in person with members of the Coleytown Elementary School leadership team last week.  I was present for part of the meeting as well. 

“All of us who attended the meeting were adhering to applicable health and safety guidelines, such as social distancing and mask-wearing. 

“The administration has notified the employees affected by this matter and will be responding in accordance with guidance from our state and local public health officials.

“Current guidance from the Connecticut State Department of Education and the State Department of Public Health advises that individuals who may have been in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 self-quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the person diagnosed with COVID-19.

“This guidance encourages district leaders to consult their local public health experts and to consider all specific circumstances on a case-by-case basis when deciding how to respond to specific COVID-19 scenarios that may occur with school reopening. 

“Consistent with this guidance, and in consultation with our local public health experts and taking into account the specifics of this matter, the administration has directed those in close contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time of contact and has advised them to be tested for COVID-19. 

“The District has plans in place to support District operations while those in quarantine, including myself, work remotely.  The quarantine period will end before students arrive on Sept.  8, 2020.

“Additionally, as a precaution, our facilities team is conducting a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the rooms used by the leadership team at CES last Wednesday.

“This incident serves as an important reminder that despite the low transmission rates in Westport and throughout Connecticut, COVID-19 is still present among us.

“Yet, after only seven weeks in the community, it has become abundantly clear to me that, working together, we can address these matters expeditiously and effectively with the health and safety of our students, staff, and community as a top priority.

“If any community can meet this challenge, I have complete confidence in the faculty and community members of Westport.

“We will update the school community and the families and staff of Coleytown Elementary School as we have additional information to share.”

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