Waterbury school classroom quarantined after student tests positive for COVID

Chase Elementary School in Waterbury. Contributed/Waterbury Public Schools

WATERBURY – A Chase Elementary School classroom has been asked to self-quarantine 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.

Adam Rinko, the city’s director of emergency management, said the students have all be asked to self-quarantine at home for 14 days. A pediatrician could, however, waive the self-quarantine, Rinko noted.

The city’s COVID response team did review footage of the student riding a school bus and determined every student was appropriately distanced and all wore masks, Rinko confirmed. So there is no need for fellow bus riders to also quarantine, he confirmed.

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 attending school in person this school year. Most students have opted for online courses.

As of Monday, only 244 students Chase Elementary students opted to attend in-school classes and another 550 had signed up to attend classes entirely online, according to Wycoff.


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