UPDATE: More Positive Covid-19 Cases at North Street School, Halloween Caution Advised

UPDATE: On Wednesday afternoon North Street School sent families an email saying another third grader and a sibling in first grade tested positive for Covid-19. Students from two grade 3 classes and a few students from other classes will quarantine for two weeks.

Contact tracing attributed the cases to a gathering of students/families outside school.

Original Story: Oct 28, 9:55am:

Last week North Street School families learned that two third grade students who were last in the school on Oct 19 and Oct 23 respectively, had tested positive for Covid-19 due to exposure from a family member.

The district sent a notice to families saying that as a result of thorough contact tracing, they determined that two grade three classes would be required to quarantine for 14 days from the last day of contact and would participate in school remotely.

Both sets of students are set to return to the building the first week of November.

Over in Byram, New Lebanon School was notified late on Sunday that a paraprofessionals tested positive after an exposure from a family member.

A health alert to families at that school said following thorough contact tracing completed by Mary Keller, GPS Head of Nursing, in collaboration with the Town of Greenwich Dept of Health, it has been decided that out of an abundance of caution the entire Kindergarten and First grade would quarantine and would participate in school remotely. They are scheduled to return to school on Friday, November 6.

At the last Board of Education meeting (Thursday, Oct 22), Schools Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones said as of earlier that day there were 13 positive cases in the district, and that they were attributed to outside events – mainly ice hockey, basketball and a birthday party.

Currently the district’s Health Services Team shares weekly updates on total positive cases of COVD-19 by school and within Greenwich and Fairfield County on Fridays, but the district was working on updating the tracker to twice weekly – on Tuesday and Friday – which allows them to make sure they’re posting correct data without false positives.

Jones said she was concerned about Halloween social events outside school, and asked families to vigilant.

The district has shared Halloween guidance from the CT Dept of Health for families to celebrate Halloween this year in a safe and healthy manner. Their document includes Halloween activities that are considered safe, activities and events that should be avoided, and guidance for trick-or-treating.

See also:

Connecticut DPH: Halloween Will Look Different This Year