Southington High School moves to all remote learning following covid-19 case

Published on Monday, 21 September 2020 12:42
Written by Brian M. Johnson

@brianjohnsonBP

SOUTHINGTON - Southington High School moved to completely remote learning Monday, following a confirmed case of covid-19.

"The last contact in school was on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and therefore affects Cohort A students and staff," said Superintendent of Schools Tim Connellan.

Connellan said that all individuals who had been identified as having been in close contact with the affected person will be notified as soon as possible.

"All communications to close contacts will take place within the next twenty-four hours," he said. "Contact tracing is a critical and time-consuming process, especially in a school the size of Southington High School and staff are working diligently at this task."

Connellan explained that "close contact" is defined by the Department of Public Health as someone who was within six feet for fifteen minutes or more with someone positively diagnosed with covid-19.

"The Department of Public Health and the local Health Department recommend that anyone who is identified as a close contact, self-quarantine for fourteen days from the date of contact," he said. "In this instance, that is fourteen calendar days from Sept. 15. If you do not receive a “Close Contact” notification within twenty-fours, it means that the information collected by the school or the health department indicates that your child or you as a staff member have not been in close contact with a confirmed case."

Connellan said that Southington High School may continue to remain under remote learning for two days or more depending on the circumstances of this situation. He said that he will provide an update soon which will indicate when the school will return to a hybrid schedule.

"The district will continue to work in concert with and follow the recommendations of local health officials regarding the status of this case and the procedures involved in recommending quarantine, additional testing, or modifications to the school day," he said.

Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures are applied across the entire school building every day as part of the new standard operating procedures for the entire district.

The district will continue to consult with local health officials, assist in contact tracing, monitor the status of cases, and take additional action, as necessary.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@ bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Monday, 21 September 2020 12:42. Updated: Monday, 21 September 2020 12:44.