Students, staff at several Waterbury schools transition to distance learning after new positive COVID-19 tests

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Waterbury Public Schools had three students and seven staff members test positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, prompting some classes to move to distance learning for the time being.

Officials reported Sunday that several schools in the district have new COVID-19 cases in their school community.

“The cases aren’t originating in school. They’re usually being brought in,” said the district’s Communications Director Sujata Wycoff.

The cases come just days after Waterbury was added to the state’s red zone ranking–the highest level for cities and towns dealing with virus spikes.

Wallace Middle School reported that two in-person learning students were positive. All students will transition to distance learning through Tuesday, Oct. 27. Impacted classrooms will transition to distance learning through Monday, Nov. 2.

“Each case is different. There are many factors we look at as to when the individual was last in school, were they symptomatic,” said Wycoff.

Wallace is the only school to go full remote for two days.

Here’s the list of other schools, as well as the actions the district is taking:

North End Middle School, Sprague Elementary, and Walsh Elementary School each reported one staff member was positive. No closures are set for any of those schools.

Maloney Interdistrict Magnet School also reported one positive staff member. The impacted classroom will transition to distance learning through Wednesday, Nov. 4.

The impacted classroom at State Street School, which reported one staff member tested positive, will transition to distance learning through Friday, Nov. 6.

Waterbury Career Academy reported two staff cases and one case among a virtual learning student. The impacted individuals will transition to distance learning through Friday, Nov. 6.

With 60 percent of students already remote, the district says the hybrid model is working as it should to keep kids safe.

Wycoff echoed the Governor, expressing concern over small gatherings that are contributing to community spread. She’s hoping families are careful, consider one another’s safety, and keep up their guard over the holidays.

“We have a responsibility to one another wear masks maintain a distance especially in those small gatherings.”

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