FAIRFIELD, CT — Fairfield Ludlowe High School will be closed for the rest of the week, according to the superintendent.
The school was originally scheduled to reopen Friday after being closed Wednesday and Thursday due to an increase in coronavirus cases, but Fairfield Public Schools decided to extend the closure as a precaution, Superintendent Mike Cummings said Thursday in a community message.
“We have had no additional positive cases and all affected individuals are in quarantine,” Cummings said. “We are remaining closed out of an abundance of caution and consideration for the health and safety of all students and staff.”
Students will learn remotely during the closure. Fairfield Ludlowe briefly reopened Tuesday after being shuttered for two days, but was then closed again due to the continual rise in positive tests.
Officials attributed last week’s cluster of cases to parties attended by Fairfield Ludlowe students, and said the most recent group of cases was likely due to students participating in “seemingly innocent” pick-up ball games and other events without wearing masks or social distancing.
“While your children are home, please be sure that they are wearing masks and maintaining social distancing whenever they are out,” Cummings said in Thursday’s message.
As of Thursday evening, 20 students at Fairfield Ludlowe were confirmed to have the virus, according to the school district website. Another 81 students were in quarantine, as were five staff members. Affected schools included Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde schools; Roger Ludlowe and Tomlinson middle schools; and Osborn Hill, Riverfield and McKinley elementary schools.
More than two dozen people outside the district, all of whom are in quarantine, had also been identified as close contacts of students who tested positive for the virus.
Cummings reminded parents Thursday to keep students home if they are showing symptoms of the coronavirus or awaiting test results.