2 Greenwich High School Students Test Positive For Coronavirus

RJ Scofield
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GREENWICH, CT — Two ninth grade students at Greenwich High School who recently tested positive for the coronavirus have been asked to quarantine for two weeks, according to district officials.

Both students are part of the school's "Greenwich" cohort, and 22 students and three teachers at the school have been asked to quarantine as a result, officials said. (To sign up for Greenwich breaking news alerts and more, click here.)

In a letter sent to families Wednesday, Superintendent Toni Jones and Mary Keller, the district's head of nursing, said a ninth grade student, who was last in school a day prior, was exposed to the virus outside of school.

Following thorough contact tracing, 22 students and three teachers were asked to quarantine for two weeks, the letter reads.

In a separate letter sent to families Tuesday, Jones and Keller said another ninth grade student, who was last in school on Nov. 10, had tested positive for the virus. The student was also exposed to the virus outside of school, according to the letter.

"Because the student had not been in the school,"the letter reads, "contact tracing does not require any quarantine of other individuals at [Greenwich High School]."

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Over the weekend, district officials announced a student at Old Greenwich School and a student at Eastern Middle School had recently tested positive for the virus.

According to district spokesperson Jonathan Supranowitz, the Eastern Middle School case represented the district's first in-school transmission of the virus.

There are currently 28 active cases of the virus among students, teachers and service providers in the school district, according to a tracker on the district website. The tracker was last updated Tuesday morning.

In total, the district has seen 64 cases of the virus originating from activities outside of school since the beginning of the school year, as well as the one case originating from in-school exposure at Eastern Middle School, according to the tracker.

Last week, Superintendent Toni Jones emphasized district officials were in "constant contact" with local health officials and consistently monitoring statistics regarding the virus in the region.

"The safety and well-being of our staff and faculty is our utmost priority," Jones said in a statement, "and we are prepared to adjust if and when it becomes necessary."

She also emphasized the importance of families following safety guidelines when students are not in school.

"It has been proven that our schools are some of the safest locations for our children to be in, but we rely on their families and parents to follow safety guidelines during after-school hours and on weekends," Jones said. "We continue to keep our lines of communication open, reminding everyone to complete their daily health checklists and follow quarantine protocols. Ultimately, we listen to the medical professionals, which includes the [state Department of Public Health], who have publicly stated that schools should remain open, as transmission across Connecticut is typically not happening in schools."

This article originally appeared on the Greenwich Patch