MADISON, CT — On Monday there were 14 Madison school students in quarantine as a result of coming in close contact with COVID-19 positive people.
By Thursday, there were 58 students in quarantine.
"From Monday to Thursday the number of students on quarantine quadrupled," interim superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfoote said. "On Monday we had one staff member quarantined and as of today we have 15 in quarantine."
"I am writing to stress the importance of each person’s role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. While I am proud of where we are as a school district, I am very concerned about the alarming increase of students and staff who had to quarantine this week," she said.
"These numbers are trending in the wrong direction and are increasing too rapidly," she said.
"Each one of us has to do his/her part to mitigate the spread of this virus. To do anything less may mean a classroom, cohort or school will be placed on remote learning for 14 days. Parents should be aware that if quarantine numbers continue to climb the shift from in-person instruction to remote learning may occur on short notice, provided our teachers and support staff are healthy and able to provide instruction."
And according to the state Department of Public Health's COVID-19 tracking of positive cases in schools, from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, Madison Public Schools reported new cases at J. Milton Jeffrey Elementary School and Walter C. Polson Middle School.