Wallingford schools launch COVID-19 dashboard



WALLINGFORD — Wallingford Public Schools has launched an online COVID-19 dashboard with information about how the district is continuing to respond to the pandemic.

The dashboard — located on the school district’s website under the Coronavirus Information & Updates tab on the homepage, www.wallingford.k12.ct.us — is updated each weekday.

The chart reflects the number of individuals associated with each school, including students and staff, who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine during the current week.

Weeks run from Saturday to Friday. The dashboard is updated daily Monday through Friday by 4 p.m.

As of Friday, the dashboard shows confirmed COVID-19 cases or quarantines at Parker Farms Elementary School (two), Rock Hill Elementary School (four) and Moran Middle School (one).

In a communication to parents earlier this month, School Superintendent Danielle Bellizzi said that the dashboard was created to “streamline communication to all families and staff.”

Bellizzi said that if close contacts are identified, the school district and Wallingford Health Department would conduct contact tracing.

All individuals identified as close contacts would be notified immediately by the building administration or school nurse and given information on how to protect themselves and others.

Bellizzi plans to post weekly, district-wide letters regarding COVID-19 cases on the dashboard page, moving them from the Health Services page where former School Superintendent Salvatore Menzo had posted COVID-19-related parent communications last year.

The first letter of the school year was slated to be posted Friday afternoon.

The Coronavirus Information & Updates page also includes information on statewide COVID-19 cases in schools, travel, COVID-19 testing and Wallingford’s school reopening plan.

Central office staff update the COVID-19 dashboard with the number of positive cases and quarantines using information provided by District Nurse Coordinator Kathy Neelon.

Neelon said that when positive cases among students or staff occur, she is informed by the school nurse. Neelon then informs Bellizzi and other administrative staff, including the school principals.

“We anticipated having cases,” Neelon said, “and right now we’ve had a number of cases, but we are very happy to see that there are not as many as there could be. I think we’re doing fairly well at this time.”

She said that she and other Wallingford school officials monitor what’s going on in other towns throughout the state, as well as meet with state health officials every Tuesday to receive the latest state guidance.

Neelon encouraged families to seek vaccinations for everyone who is eligible, wear a face mask to school and keep students home when sick and consult with their doctor.

LTakores@record-journal.com203-317-2212Twitter: @LCTakores



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