Two Hartford high schools closed Nov. 11-12 after four staff members test positive for COVID-19

Rebecca Lurye, Hartford Courant
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Hartford’s Weaver campus will be closed for two days after four staff members tested positive for the coronavirus and student athletes were potentially exposed to the virus at a game, Principal Glynis Richardson said Tuesday.

The staff members were last in the Granby Street building, which is home to Weaver High School and Kinsella Magnet High School, on Nov. 5 and 6, according to a letter Richardson sent to the campus community.

Additionally, Weaver students played a game on Nov. 4 against a team that has had a positive case of COVID-19, she said. Eleven students and two staff members who were in close contact with the positive case have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The school district is still in the process of conducting contact tracing for the four staff members who tested positive.

As of last week, Hartford schools had experienced 143 confirmed cases among students, staff and community partners. That list was not updated Tuesday.

Weaver and Kinsella are scheduled to re-open Friday.

After the weekend, though, in-person learners in grades 10-12 will shift from a hybrid model to virtual learning and pre-k through ninth grade will shift from fully in-person learning to the hybrid model.

That move is taking place across Hartford Public Schools, impacting about 7,000 students who opted to come back to school in person at the start of the school year.

The district announced the decision Nov. 2 in response to a local increase in coronavirus cases.

Hartford was one of the first cities in the state deemed to be at “red” alert based on its number of new coronavirus cases.

In the last week of October, Hartford County saw an average of 17.8 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people per day, with 3.1 percent of tests coming back positive.

Rebecca Lurye can be reached at rlurye@courant.com.

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