Covid-19 Notice 1-19-21

January 19, 2021

Dear Parents and Community Members:

On 1/19/21, the Ashford School district was notified that a member of our school community had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). We immediately conducted contact tracing to identify any potentially affected people. Those people identified as close contacts to the positive case, were notified, instructed to remain home in quarantine for 14 days, and provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school. Family membersof the positive casewere also instructed to self-quarantine and get tested.

The last day the person who tested positive was in the Ashford School was 1/15/21. 

Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor in their family members:

  • Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)
  • Chills or shaking chills
  • Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell

For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should remain home and call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

For more information on what to do if you or a family member has possible symptoms, a diagnosis, or exposure to COVID-19, please see Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts, available here:

https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and-Educators/Addendums-and-FAQs

We are closely monitoring this situation and working with the Eastern Highlands Health District and will provide you with updates as we know more. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

James P. Longo, Ed.D 

Superintendent of Schools