Confirmed Coronavirus Case Closes School In Wallingford | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #schools

WALLINGFORD, CT — Dag Hammarskjold Middle School in Wallingford will be closed until at least Wednesday after a person associated with the school tested positive for the coronavirus, officials announced Sunday night. All students at Dag will follow a distance learning schedule while the school is closed.

Wallingford’s policy is to notify parents and the school community when a person “associated with the district has been identified as a confirmed case of COVID-19 AND having been in close contact with one or more individuals in a Wallingford Public School District setting,” according to an email sent to parents.

Settings include classrooms and other interior school locations, bus stops, buses or other forms of transportation, school grounds, or school-related events held at other locations.

The Wallingford Public School District was notified Sunday that a person associated with the district, and at Dag, tested positive for the virus. School and health officials have initiated a case investigation at Dag and contact tracing activities to “identify all individuals who may have been in close contact,” with the person, according to an email sent to parents. Only people identified as close contacts with the confirmed case will be notified directly. People who have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 are referred to as “cases.”

The district defines “contacts” as people who spent at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of a confirmed case or had a direct exposure such as being sneezed or coughed on in the face.

“The Wallingford Public School District and Wallingford Health Department will continue to work cooperatively to ensure that all Contacts have information on how to protect themselves and others,” according to an email from Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Menzo. “Information related to case investigations is confidential and private health information will not be disclosed by the Wallingford Public School District and Wallingford Health Department.

“The Wallingford Public School District and Wallingford Health Department are committed to maintaining a safe environment for students and staff. We continue to proactively monitor illness of students and staff, apply cleaning protocols, and social distancing practices. We will continue to review the circumstances of this case and will make any necessary adjustments in our plans.

“The safety of our community is our priority. School officials are monitoring this situation and will continue to keep you informed of any changes or additional information.”

In the district’s reopening plan, elementary school students are back in the classroom full time while middle and high school students are operating on a hybrid model. The students are divided into two groups (cohorts) and alternating between in-person attendance at school and virtual learning at home on a two-day rotation — two days in school followed by two days of virtual learning.

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