Stamford elementary school class temporarily switches to remote learning after student tests positive for COVID-19

Many second graders from Toquam Magnet Elementary School learned from home Wednesday after a student there tested positive for COVID-19.

News 12 Staff

Sep 23, 2020, 9:56 PM

Updated 1,358 days ago

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Many second graders from Toquam Magnet Elementary School learned from home Wednesday after a student there tested positive for COVID-19.
Parents of children at the school received an email Monday informing that a child in the second grade tested positive for the virus.
There are two cohorts that participate in hybrid learning— the blue and the green groups. They learn in the classroom and at home on alternating days.
Associate Superintendent for Stamford Public Schools Michael Fernandes says all students in the blue group will participate in distance learning for the next two weeks.
All second grade teachers were asked to quarantine for 14 days as well.
Diane Phanos, the president of the Stamford Education Association Teachers Union, says contact tracing is more difficult when dealing with children, and the district erred on the side of caution.
Due to HIPAA regulations, information can't be given out about anybody who tested positive.
Fernandes says the school is working hard so students can continue learning safely.
"Our first job is to ensure the health and safety of students and staff, and we're working in collaboration with the health department, our Stamford Department of Health," he says.
Fernandes adds the school district and the city of Stamford Department of Health will keep parents informed as soon as they are made aware of any positive cases.
"This is going to happen, it's happening across the country,” he says. “I think, obviously parents have a right to be cautious and concerned but, again, we are following the CDC guidelines, which is the best we can do.”
Fernandes says the school district plans to roll out a public website soon that will track positive cases in schools and give numbers on how many are quarantining.
He would not say how many students and staff members are quarantining, but says that information will be on the new public website as soon as it's ready.


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