New Canaan, Wilton and Westport Close Schools to Limit Spread of COVID-19

Nearby school districts are announcing closures in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In New Canaan, where an elderly man contracted the disease with no known exposure to the coronavirus, the district announced on Wednesday afternoon their public schools will close Thursday, and starting Friday students will learn remotely for two weeks.

According to, the town’s emergency management director, Mike Handler, said in a town-wide communication that officials have no information whether the resident who tested positive for COVID-19 had direct contact with a student or school personnel.

In Wilton, public schools are closed until further notice. A letter from that town’s First Selectman, Schools Superintendent and Health Director, said, “We have been notified that parents of one or more Wilton Public School students have had direct contact with a potentially presumptive positive COVID-19 patient.”

On Wednesday Good Morning Wilton published remarks from the wife of Wilton Coronavirus patient, “He’s in Medical Coma, My Infant Twins & Me in Quarantine.” That publication quoted the woman, whose identity was kept confidential, who said, “My husband has had a viral illness all week that grew into double lobed pneumonia. This came about after flying back from San Francisco from a cybersecurity conference at the end of February.”

In Westport, the school system shut down on Wednesday until further notice after officials learned that several parents and students had contact with an individual presumed to be positive with coronavirus. That district had a delayed opening on Tuesday so staff could prepare instructional materials in the event of a prolonged closure.

Here in Greenwich, the district already had scheduled an early release on Wednesday for Staff Professional Development.

Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones said the district would use that time as a preparation session for all teachers and staff to plan for potential distance learning needs.