CHESHIRE – A food service employee at Cheshire High School who reported symptoms associated with COVID-19 on Monday has tested negative for the virus.
However, the school is now dealing with another employee reporting similar symptoms, prompting the decision to keep all high school students on remote learning for the rest of this week.
In a statement released to parents Wednesday morning, Cheshire High Principal Mary Gadd said that another member of the food service crew has reportedly begun to exhibit symptoms associated with the virus.
Superintendent of Schools Jeff Solan described the developments as a “good news/bad news situation” that keeps the high school in limbo.
“We were notified today an additional food service staff member is now exhibiting symptoms (of COVID-19). Given the close confines of our kitchen, other food service staff are potential close contacts. The full staff must quarantine pending the outcome of the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test,” Gadd wrote.
According to Gadd, school officials will decide later this week if in person classes will resume next week.
“While we considered half days to provide in-person learning, we felt that maintaining the continuity of instruction through remote learning was advantageous at this time,” she said.
The high school had an “emergency early dismissal” Monday morning after school officials learned that a food service employee was feeling ill and was undergoing a test for COVID-19. The employee was not at the school on Monday.
Next week is already scheduled to be a short one for students. A half-day is currently scheduled for Wednesday along with days off on Thursday (Thanksgiving) and Friday.