Two schools announced additional COVID-19 cases recently.
Long Trail School Head of School Seth Linfield said LTS had three students in two families test positive and Flood Brook School has announced three additional positive tests.
Both schools were able to maintain in-class school with quarantines for the individuals involved and close contacts.
Linfield said the students had been on campus but the school’s health team in coordination with the Vermont Department of Health determined that it was safe to return to live classes.
The students who tested positive and close contacts were notified and went remote.
“We will keep you informed consistent with our ethical and privacy obligations,” Linfield wrote in an email to families. “We wish a speedy recovery for our students who are ill.”
Linfield said the definition of a close contact is “anyone within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more within two days before illness onset.”
Linfield said the school takes protecting the community seriously on- and off-campus.
“We will always do what is safe for our community — our students, faculty, staff, families and towns,” Linfield said. “So far this school year for LTS, it appears that in the limited cases we have had, the virus has been transmitted from off-campus. The facts and circumstances support in-person instruction, as we have offered continuously throughout this school year.”
Flood Brook School closed out the previous week with three positive cases, according to an April 2 email sent by Superintendent Randi Lowe of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union.
Lowe said the three cases were not related to each other based on the information they had and two of the people were not in school during the infectious period.
But the third case may have been in the school while infectious and the school and Department of Health worked to identify close contacts and notify them.
Lowe said COVID-19 numbers remain high across the state.
In her report to the Taconic & Green Regional School District board, Lowe said the district had a reprieve for a while with no COVID-19 cases from late February through late March when several cases popped up in Flood Brook and Manchester Elementary Middle School.
“We find ourselves in a very complicated stage of the pandemic, with increasing numbers of adults, but not children, receiving vaccines and a loosening of restrictions, combined with the presence of the virus in our communities,” Lowe said. “Schools continue to have cases across the state and our current conditions do not indicate we are out from under this, yet.”