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2 students at Kennedy High School in Waterbury test positive for COVID; all classes moving online today and tomorrow

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Two students at Kennedy High School in Waterbury have tested positive for coronavirus.

The response is basically this: This was bound to happen, they have a plan in place for when this happens, and they are following that plan. They probably would have liked to make it more than a week into the school year before it happened, but two students from Kennedy High School have tested positive for COVID-19, so all students will stay home today and tomorrow.

After talking with the city’s health department, the district decided to move from its current hybrid learning plan to distance learning through Friday, Sept. 18. In-person classes will resume on Monday.

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Those who have had direct contact with the students will be notified.

The students who tested positive for COVID-19 have been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 10 days. Additionally, the students will need medical documentation prior to returning to in-person classes, the district said.

Waterbury is seeing a spike in Covid cases right now. The city reported 48 new positives just in the last week. One church teamed up with a health center Tuesday to do more testing in hard-hit neighborhoods.

“The continued, ongoing testing of our community is extremely important. And particularly for Black, Brown and individuals who are high risk 65 and over,” Rev. Kelsey Hopson, Sr. Pastor of Mt. Olive AME Zion Church.

Again, Kennedy High School is closed for in-person learning today after two students tested positive for COVID-19.

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