Westport Public Schools Launches Coronavirus Hotline, Email

Alfred Branch

WESTPORT, CT — Westport Public Schools has launched a hotline and a dedicated email address for parents to report if their child has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), Schools Superintendent Thomas Scarice announced Tuesday.

Last week, Westport was placed on "orange alert" by the state as a community with between 10 and 14 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people. Should Westport exceed 14 cases, it would be placed on red alert, the level at which Norwalk, Stamford, Bridgeport and a growing number of Connecticut communities is at.

As of Tuesday, 14 members of the school district community currently are isolating due to a positive coronavirus test, and another 255 people are under quarantine. The district does not disclose who has tested positive for the virus.

"[Coronavirus] Case numbers are rising rather significantly," Scarice said. "Westport experienced 26 new cases just this past weekend. Similar totals are being reported from around the region. The number of cases entering our schools is growing quickly. In order to keep up with the reporting of positive cases we have developed a COVID-19 reporting hotline to report positive cases only."

To report a positive COVID-19 case, parents are asked to call 203-341-1016, or email PostiveCovidReport@westportps.org. For more information, visit https://www.westportps.org/district/hidden-pages/new-pagestudentpositivecovidreport.

"If your child is exhibiting ANY COVID-19 symptoms it is critically important that your child stay home from school and that you contact your pediatrician to determine if a COVID-19 test is appropriate," Scarice said. "This small measure goes a long way in protecting countless children and adults."

Westport Public Schools remains under a hybrid model with both in-person and remote learning.

This article originally appeared on the Westport Patch