New Milford schools expect to be back in classroom Monday after positive COVID-19 test

New Milford public schools are back on distance learning for the rest of the week after a student or staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
The district plans to be back in person on Monday after tracing contacts with a community member who tested positive on Wednesday.
Officials say they were first made aware through social media. Superintendent Paul Smotas says the district went to work tracing the infected person's steps, and getting in touch with the two dozen or so people who had close contact with them.
Nearby Newtown school district also reported a positive case, but officials kept schools open after contact tracing and isolating individuals. Smotas says districts will have to deal with the virus on a case-by-case basis.
"I think every district in the state will eventually deal with isolated cases or compounded cases. It's not a matter of if, it's going to be a matter of when,” he says.
A staff member at Second Hill Lane School in Stratford is also reporting a positive coronavirus test this week. Officials say the school district is working on contact tracing.
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