Several Waterbury students, bus driver in district test positive for COVID-19

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — School districts across the state are watching the numbers closely and responding quickly if a student or staff member test positive. In Waterbury, at least seven students have tested positive — one of those students is learning in-person, while the rest are remote.

One of those students goes to Generali Elementary School and learns in-person. Their specific cohort and class will immediately transition to distance learning through the end of this week. The others are learning virtually:

  • 3 from the Virtual Academy
  • 2 from North End Middle School
  • 1 from Wilby High School

Waterbury public schools says the city’s contact tracing team engaged immediately and the appropriate notifications were made.

RELATED: In-person students at Generali Elementary School, Wallace Middle School in Waterbury test positive for COVID-19

Officials also confirmed a bus driver from Waterbury Public Schools tested positive for COVID-19. The bus company, All Star, informed the district the driver wore a mask at all times when at the bus terminal and while on the bus with students.

On Sunday, Superintendent Verna D. Ruffin was notified by the City of Waterbury Department of Public Health that a contracted Waterbury Public Schools bus driver tested positive for COVID-19. Per the District and All Star Transportation’s established protocols, the city’s Contact Tracing Team was engaged immediately. We have been advised by All Star that the driver wore a mask at all times while at the terminal and while on the bus with students. Each bus was cleaned thoroughly between school runs and at the end of the school day.

The driver has been instructed to remain in self-isolation for 14 days. We assure you that we are taking the steps necessary to protect the health of our students and staff.

– Waterbury Public Schools

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