STRATFORD, CT — Bunnell High School will be closed for two weeks after several school community members tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the superintendent.
A Bunnell employee was confirmed to have the virus earlier in the week, and the Stratford school district was notified of two more cases Friday within the Bunnell community, Superintendent Janet Robinson said in a letter to parents announcing the closure, which was linked online by the Connecticut Post.
“In an abundance of caution and in conjunction with the Stratford Department of Public Health the decision was made to close Bunnell High School for 14 calendar days,” the letter said. “For the next two school weeks, we are moving to distance learning.”
Bunnell is expected to resume its hybrid model Oct. 12.
The announcement of the two-week closure followed an earlier letter sent Friday to Bunnell parents, which said the school would be shuttered Tuesday — Bunnell was already set to be closed Monday for the Yom Kippur holiday — after several teachers were directly exposed to the virus.
“This involves a number of students, as well,” Robinson said in the earlier letter. “Those affected have been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 10 calendar days and have been provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school. Family members have also been or will be instructed to self-quarantine and get tested.”
Students and staff who have been in direct contact with a person who tested positive for the virus will be notified and asked to quarantine for two weeks.
The situation at Bunnell follows news Tuesday of a Stratford High School employee testing positive for the virus. A Second Hill Lane School staff member was diagnosed with COVID-19 the first week of classes. Neither of those employees exposed members of their school communities to the virus, Robinson has said.