ESSEX, CHESTER, DEEP RIVER, CT — On Thursday, January 14 Superintendent of Schools, Brian White, wrote a letter (which was sent out via e-mail) to the parents of all Valley Regional High School students explaining that due to a positive case of COVID-19 at the high school, which impacted 56 students and nine staff members, the school will be remote e-learning for Friday, January 15. The letter read as follows:
Dear Chester, Deep River, Essex, and Region 4 School Communities,
Today we were informed of a positive COVID-19 case impacting Valley Regional High School. The last date the individual attended VRHS was Friday, January 8, 2021.
This case impacts 56 students and 9 staff members at Valley Regional High School. The administration has notified families of students and staff members who had verified close contact with the known positive case. All individuals who had close contact with the known case will be contacted by local health departments.
Due to multiple quarantines requiring a large percentage of staff members to be out of the building, we have made the decision, in consultation with Connecticut River Area Health District and the Town of Essex Health Department, to transition all Valley Regional High School students to remote e-learning mode for tomorrow, Friday, January 15, 2021. All other schools will remain in in-person learning mode. Valley Regional High School will return for in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
VRHS students and instructional staff are asked to participate in remote learning for tomorrow, Friday, January 15, 2021. All non-instructional and essential staff are to await further instructions from their building principal or department supervisor. Grab and Go Meals will still be available for pick up outside Valley Regional High School tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these uncertain times.
Brian J. White
Superintendent of Schools