Several schools have had to deal with positive COVID-19 tests in the past few days. Long Trail School in Dorset, Flood Brook Elementary in Londonderry, and Fisher Elementary in Arlington have all reported positive covid cases this week.
LTS has had two positive tests from different families, according to an email sent Tuesday to families from Head of School Seth Linfield.
Linfield said the cases are unrelated, and “only one student was on campus within a relevant timeframe.”
“Guided by the Vermont Department of Health, our Health Team has investigated and, out of an abundance of caution, asked specific students to take part in distance learning until we can rule them out as close contacts,” Linfield wrote in the email. The rest of the school remained on normal schedule.
He said the “facts and circumstances here do not warrant further school response.”
Linfield said families will be kept informed “consistent with our ethical and privacy obligations.” He also wished the students well who are recovering.
“We hear the faint trumpets of the vaccine cavalry, but these recent cases reinforce that for now we cannot and will not let down our guard,” Linfield wrote.
Superintendent Randi Lowe of the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union, sent an email Wednesday after a person tested positive at Flood Brook.
“We were notified today that someone tested positive and this individual was at school on Monday,” Lowe said. “Anyone who was identified as a close contact has been notified already.” Lowe said that if a family was not notified, then “plan on returning to regular programming [Thursday].”
Lowe said the warmer weather and vaccinations may lead some to believe we have made it through the pandemic.
“We are not out of the woods, yet, with the virus,” Lowe wrote. “Please continue to follow all health and safety protocols and be careful and thoughtful in your actions. We have come together as a community and I am confident we will continue to do so through the next few months.”
Families at Fisher were notified by an email from Principal Deanne Lacoste on Monday, March 22, that an individual had tested positive for COVID-19.
“The individual was in school while infectious Thursday, March 18,” Lacoste said. “We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms.”
Lacoste said the affected classroom will be remote the rest of the week and all parents have been notified.
“These students are expected to follow their regular daily schedule remote,” Lacoste said.