SOUTHINGTON — In-person classes at Southington High School will be suspended for at least one day after district administrators were notified Sunday of a positive case of COVID-19 within the school community.
“All classes at Southington High School will move to remote learning for at least one day, Monday September 21st and possibly for two days or more depending on the individual circumstances of this situation,” Superintendent Timothy Connellan wrote in a letter to parents and staff.
Contact tracing efforts have been launched and those identified as having been in close contact with the individual will be notified within 24 hours. The individual was last at the school on Tuesday, Sept. 15, putting that person in contact with students and staff from Cohort A, according to the letter.
“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 as of this communication. ‘Close contact’ is defined by the Department of Public Health as within six feet for fifteen minutes or more,” the letter states. “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. In this instance, that is fourteen calendar days from September 15th.”
Not receiving a close contact notification on Monday indicates that a child or staff member was not in close contact with the individual.
“An update on the status of the school learning model including when the school will return to the in-person hybrid schedule, will be provided on Monday,” Connellan wrote. “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.”
New standard operating procedures being implemented are enhancing cleaning and disinfection procedures across the 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. As noted above, a follow-up communication will be forthcoming on Monday,” Connellan wrote.