Good afternoon Nonnewaug High School Parents and Guardians,
This weekend we were notified of a Nonnewaug student who tested positive for Covid-19. We would like to inform you of the process we followed and will follow in the future if another student tests positive. Please know that we work closely with the Pomperaug Public Health Department in all Covid-related decisions and situations. Our hope is that this information will alleviate as many concerns as possible that you have about your student’s safety and health while at Nonnewaug.
- Upon receiving information of a positive test, the student’s attendance and activities for the two days prior to the test are verified to include class schedules, after school activities, transportation, and social interactions at school.
- Teachers of the student are contacted for seating charts and descriptions of the class’s activities as well as the specific locations and interactions with other students of the student who tests positive.
- Attendance for students in the identified classes is checked to verify if a close contact was possible. Please note that a close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for 15 minutes or more.
- Measurements are taken in the classrooms to determine all students who may meet the close contact criteria based on the seating charts provided by teachers. Our hybrid schedule helps to significantly reduce the number of students who meet this criteria.
- Our sign-in and sign-out logs are checked for other locations the student may have been.
- The student who tests positive is interviewed by an administrator and our School Resource Officer, so video footage can be reviewed to ensure that any student who meets close contact criteria outside of the classroom can be identified.
- The bus company is contacted for seating charts and attendance so close contacts on the bus can also be determined.
- Once all of the students, faculty, and staff who have had close contact with the student who tested positive are identified, phone calls are made to the families for the person with close contact to quarantine for 14 days.
- Quarantine is described to the families as keeping the student with close contact secluded from the family as much as possible, especially during meals. The student and the family should wear masks when in common areas. If the student shares a bathroom with others, the student should clean the bathroom after use. All in the home should practice frequent hand-washing.
- It is recommended that students with close contact be tested for Covid-19 with a PCR test (not a rapid test). Even if the test is negative, students with close contact still need to quarantine for 14 days and should not participate in any activities outside the home.
At this time, all people who were identified as having close contact with the student who tested positive this past weekend have been contacted. We are grateful for your patience and understanding as we all work together to ensure as much as possible the health and safety of our Nonnewaug Community. Should you have any questions, as always, feel free to contact one of us. Once again, thank you for your support and we look forward to in person learning beginning again on Thursday for Cohort B.