Should CT Schools Be Closed for Only One or Two Coronavirus Cases?
Governor Lamont doesn't think that a school should be shut down if only a single case has been discovered.
According to a recent article in the Hartford Courant, the Governor reaffirmed his position that a school should not be closed after a single positive test. What do you think, moms and dads?
Governor Lamont believes that if an infection turns up in one classroom, only that one teacher and the students should have to quarantine, not the entire school. Many school districts in Connecticut are not buying what the Governor's selling.
Reactions from the schools that have closed say they need to vacate the building entirely so they can be cleaned thoroughly. The following state Department of Education guidelines say:
If a school sees two or more cases within 14 days, linked together through a school activity but involving people who are in different classrooms, local officials may close the school for 14 days.
As of Sept.14, 12 Connecticut schools have been closed, with one of them being New Milford High School. Many schools will be practicing 'contact tracing' which the CDC defines as "letting people know they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19".
New Milford High School has sent a letter to all parents, letting them know it will be a "significant period of time before the New Milford Public Health Department completes contact tracing."
So again, I ask the question, "Should a school be closed if only one or two cases of COVID-19 have been detected? Would you feel safe sending your child to school?"