DORSET — More COVID-19 cases have been reported at Long Trail School, according to an e-mail sent to families Friday announcing that "students” had tested positive for COVID.
“We write to inform you that LTS students have tested positive for COVID,” the email to families read. “We have completed contact tracing and notified any affected individuals.”
The email did not detail how many students tested positive, whether they are in the high school or middle school, or whether there were multiple families involved.
School officials responded to a follow-up email asking questions about rumors circulating among students by saying the school could not comment further.
“Under HIPAA and relevant ethics, we cannot say anything beyond the email we sent to the community,” said an email from Katie Redding, the school’s director of admissions and a member of the school’s health team.
A follow-up question that pointed out the school has, in the past, shared more detailed information about multiple cases, drew a response that said the school was following guidance from state agencies.
“We are unable to share any details about the identity of our COVID-positive patients,” Redding wrote in the email. “All schools have received specific guidance from the Dept. of Health and the Agency of Education this year about confidentiality and anonymity when we send a notice of cases in school. This is especially important considering the size and close-knit nature of the LTS community.”
Long Trail School is a private school with 239 students in grades 6-12. The school announced one positive case on Sept. 28.
There have not been large outbreaks at area schools, but Arlington had multiple cases early in the school year and detailed whether the students were in middle school or high school, were a student or adult, and whether the students had been in school when they were considered infectious.
In the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union, Superintendent Randi Lowe said in an email earlier this school year announcing a COVID-19 case that she had heard so many positive comments about the SU’s information sent home they would continue to announce positive cases because families appreciated the transparency.
LTS' email to families also offered some advice.
“As always, students should stay home when sick, and watch for any symptoms of COVID, especially if a student is not vaccinated,” the email read. “If symptoms arise, please get tested without delay.”