GHS Teacher Positive for Covid; Student Quarantined

On Tuesday Greenwich High School students and families received a health alert from head of school Ralph Mayo relaying a letter from Greenwich Schools Head of Nursing Mary Keller and Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones saying a student had gone home from the high school earlier in the day after finding out a family member had tested positive for Covid-19. The email said the student’s family member had been in quarantine since last week, and the student had no contact since that point.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the student will quarantine for 14 days at home and will be tested,” the letter said. “The student has not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms.”

The letter said families would be kept informed on the student’s test results in the event the student tests positive and contact tracing is initiated.

In addition, a teacher self quarantined as of the evening of Friday, Sept 11, and has not returned to the building this week. The letter said the district was notified the teacher did test positive and local health officials would start contact tracing Wednesday so that any students who may need to be quarantined can be contacted before returning to school on Thursday after the universal remote learning day for all students on Wednesday.

Lastly, the letter said that an effort to be proactive, the district began optional COVID-19 testing for staff last week, testing approximately 50 GHS staff members on Sept 11. All results were negative.

“GPS will remain vigilant in keeping our families informed as guided by our local health officials,” Nurse Keller and Dr. Jones added.