SHELTON — Two Elizabeth Shelton School community members have tested positive for COVID-19, interim Superintendent Beth Smith said, with no plans to close the school.

On Sept. 10, Smith confirmed that two members of the school community tested positive. Elizabeth Shelton School principal Jamie Weber said closing school was not being considered.

“It was not a concern,” said Weber, calling the district’s response plan thorough and comprehensive. “We followed all the protocols ... followed all the mitigation requirements.”

students were “100 percent compliance” with wearing face masks and keeping socially distant, she said.

Smith reiterated that school would remain open.

“At this time, our mitigation strategies of cohorting, the use of masks over the nose and mouth, hand hygiene, social distancing and cleaning and sanitizing are working, so there is no need to close the school,” Smith said.

“The health and wellbeing of our students, staff, parents and the community remains our top priority,” Smith added.

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COVID-19 cases in other districts

FAIRFIELD: A student in one of Fairfield’s private schools has tested positive. No school was identified. Those in contact with the child are in quarantine for 14 days. Fairfield Health Department notified. Information from First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick’s office.

BRIDGEPORT: Park City Magnet School has a COVID-19 positive case; students in 7th and 8th grade will be on remote learning until Sept. 29, no other grades affected. Information from a notification letter sent to families and confirmed by Superintendent Michael Testani. Tisdale School will remain closed for the rest of the week. Remote Learning will resume tomorrow. Information from Bridgeport Public Schools Facebook page.

People who have had contact with those who tested positive have been notified, Smith said.

Board of Education Chair Kathy Yolish said she had hoped the district would get through the first week of school without any reported cases.

“Everyone needs to take ownership in assisting our school population and be sure to monitor the kids each and every day before they leave for the bus or get transported to school,” Yolish said. “Temperature checks, questioning and family and friends monitoring will be extremely beneficial in assisting our school system in keeping daily operations safe and functional.”

Yolish said Smith, central office staff and the Back to School Executive Advisory Team continue to meet to monitor, discuss and adjust “what is in the best interests of our staff and school community.

“We want the school system to continue to function as it is and gradually bring it back to full time, but everyone’s consideration, cooperation and assistance is necessary to accomplish this,” Yolish added.

The two positive tests at Elizabeth Shelton School come only two days after the schools reopened for the first time since the pandemic hit the state in March.

The positive test results were also announced one day after Smith said three district employees — one a Shelton High staffer — are self-quarantining while awaiting test results. Those test results have yet to be released.

Guidance from the state Department of Education and the state Department of Public Health advises that individuals who may have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the infected person.

“Consistent with this guidance, and in consultation with our local public health experts and medical advisor,” Smith said, “the administration has directed those in close contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time of contact.”

It was when the second positive test was announced that Smith chose to inform the community that both community members were associated with ESS.

"As privacy is paramount, the school was not identified earlier today,” Smith said in a letter to staff and parents. “Since this second individual is at the same school, it is now important to inform our school community that both individuals are at Elizabeth Shelton Elementary School.”

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com