Waterbury Public Schools reports new COVID-19 positive tests for staff members

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Waterbury Public Schools reports new COVID-19 positive tests on Friday in addition to others earlier in the week.

On Friday, school officials say two staff members at Duggan Elementary School have tested positive for coronavirus. The school has been closed, according to Director of Communications Sujata Wycoff. On Sunday, the school reported three staff members have tested positive for the virus.

At the Adult Education Program, one staff member has tested positive. All students and staff will transition to distance learning through Tuesday, Oct. 20.

IN EACH IN-PERSON CASE: Per the District’s established protocol, the city’s Contact Tracing Team was engaged immediately and the appropriate notifications were made. The school will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly as per defined protocol. We assure you that we are taking the steps necessary to protect the health of our students and staff.

At West Side Middle School, a student learning virtually has tested positive for the coronavirus. The district reports the students has been learning from their home since the first day of school so the positive test does not affect any classes.

At Hopeville Elementary School, an in-person student has tested positive for the coronavirus. The district reports the impacted class will transition to distance learning through Oct. 22.

Those who tested positive have been instructed to stay home and self-isolate for 10 days; they will need medical documentation prior to returning to in-person classes.

The district says, in each in-person case the district immediately engaged contact tracing and appropriate notifications were made.

Additionally, the school buildings will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly.

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