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At-home Westport student tests positive for virus

No known contact concerns with other staff, students

Posted 10/16/20

WESTPORT — Interim Superintendent Thomas F. Aubin reported Thursday night that a student in the Westport Community School district has tested positive for COVID-19.

The affected student has …

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At-home Westport student tests positive for virus

No known contact concerns with other staff, students

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WESTPORT — Interim Superintendent Thomas F. Aubin reported Thursday night that a student in the Westport Community School district has tested positive for COVID-19.

The affected student has been out of the building since the start of the school year. As the student was learning remotely, there are currently no contact tracing issues at this time, the superintendent said. “Nonetheless, our professional nursing staff will be contacting the affected family to provide health and safety instructions to reduce further transmission while providing medical support. Additionally, our school leadership will contact the affected family to provide continuity of education supports and offer the social and emotional supports that the family may need during this admittedly difficult time.”  

It is worth noting, he said, that the school community has been closely adhering to all safety protocols in place, including mask-wearing, hand washing, and social distancing.

The district is also following all Massachusetts Department of Public Health protocols, including collaborating with the Westport Board of Health. Additionally, the Westport Community Schools have reported the positive case to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Schools as required by law, he added.

“The Westport Community Schools will continue to be vigilant in adhering to all of the protocols to continue in-person learning safely. The district will be providing remote education for all students required to quarantine or isolate at home to continue providing instruction to all students and maintain an emotional connection between students and their classrooms.

“Our first responsibility is to keep our students and staff safe, and we have been planning for this scenario during our re-opening planning process. We are grateful to our families for their continued efforts to keep students home at the first sign of symptoms. In combination with the safety protocols instituted by the district, these measures significantly reduce the risk of additional transmission.”

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