Positive COVID-19 case reported at Coleytown Elementary School

The first day of school at Coleytown Elementary School. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020

The first day of school at Coleytown Elementary School. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020

Scott Mullin / For Hearst Connecticut Media

WESTPORT — An individual at Coleytown Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19, school officials said.

“Upon learning of the positive COVID-19 case, the administration began immediate contact tracing,” Superintendent Thomas Scarice said in an email to parents Sunday. “Those determined to be ‘close contacts,’ including health office staff at Coleytown Elementary School, have been notified.”

Scarice said the affected person will be “excluded from the school environment” and has been instructed to quarantine at home. He said individuals determined to be close contacts were also informed they would be excluded from the school environment and recommended to quarantine for 14 days from the date of contact — Oct. 30.

“Other nursing staff will be assigned to the Coleytown Elementary School health office during the quarantine period,” Scarice said.

He said staff and students have been implementing the district’s mitigating measures by maintaining distance and wearing masks. But the state Department of Education and Department of Public Health indicate decisions for exclusion from school and quarantine will be based on the individual circumstances of each case, he said.

Scarice said he will continue to adhere to the appropriate means of notifying the school community of possible exposure to COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis while also adhering to confidentiality and privacy protections.

“Judgment will be used and each case might look a little different from another,” he said.

Scarice said as students return from the Halloween weekend it will be important all staff as well as students continue to screen themselves daily prior to coming to school.