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Chase Elementary School in Waterbury. Contributed/Waterbury Public Schools

WATERBURY – A Chase Elementary School classroom has been sent to quarantine until Sept. 25 after one student tested positive for COVID-19.

School Superintendent Verna Ruffin notified parents of Chase Elementary students via email on Sunday.

According to Ruffin, the city’s contact tracing team is identifying and notifying “close contacts.”

The student who tested positive will not be able to return to school for 14 days. As a precaution, the district will have all students in the affected classroom attend school online until Friday, Sept. 25.

“We assure you that we are taking the steps necessary to protect the health of our students and staff,” Ruffin wrote.

School staff and families of students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are asked to contact their physicians and school principal, according to Ruffin’s note.

District spokeswoman Sujata Wycott said this is the first and only known case among Waterbury students.

Most district students are attending school online this year.

Chase is a school whose population has repeatedly ranged near 800 in recent years. As of Monday, only 244 students had opted to attend in-school classes and another 550 had signed up to attend classes entirely online, according to Wycoff.


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