As Greenwich students return to class, COVID monitoring continues

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Students, seen here at Greenwich High School in September, are back in class this week and the district continues to monitor cases of the coronavirus.

Students, seen here at Greenwich High School in September, are back in class this week and the district continues to monitor cases of the coronavirus.

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GREENWICH — As in-person classroom learning resumed this week in the Greenwich Public Schools, the district is continuing to chart the spread of COVID-19 cases among students, teachers and staff.

According to the school district’s online tracker, as of Tuesday morning, 19 new coronavirus cases had been reported in the district. There were also 29 active cases among in-person students, faculty, outside providers, nonteaching staff and administrators. Contract tracing has linked all of those cases to outside activities or family contact.

Of those current cases, 19 are students, five are teachers, two are non-teaching staff and two are outside providers, according to the tracker.

The majority of those cases, 11 in total, involve Greenwich High. Among the 18 other cases, there are three each at Hamilton Avenue School and Western Middle School; two each at Eastern Middle, Glenville and North Mianus Schools; and one each at Central Middle, Cos Cob, New Lebanon, Old Greenwich, Parkway and Riverside schools.

The district’s tracker reports that there have been 260 cases of COVID-19 in the school district since the start of the scholastic year, with 231 cases that have been resolved.

“We have consistently updated the GPS COVID tracker twice a week and appreciate our families’ diligent reporting of positive cases and exposures to their principals and school nurses,” the district said in a statement Tuesday. “Our students and staff seem genuinely excited to be back to school this week. We constantly monitor the situation and will make adjustments, if necessary.”

The school district is continuing to ask its students, staff and families to complete a COVID-19 symptom checklist before every day of classes and to follow all health and safety protocols to mitigate the spread of the virus during the pandemic.

Last week, all students in the Greenwich Public Schools were on full-time remote learning in an effort to curb the potential spread of the virus from any exposures during the holiday break. On Monday, students returned to the classrooms at the elementary and middle schools.

Greenwich High continues on its hybrid model, with half the students attending in-person classes on Mondays and Tuesdays and remote classes on Thursdays and Fridays. The other cohort attends in-person on Thursdays and Fridays with remote learning on Mondays and Tuesdays. On Wednesdays, all students at GHS are in remote learning.

First Selectman Fred Camillo and Greenwich Hospital President Diane Kelly are expected to provide a briefing on Wednesday afternoon to update residents on the town’s coronavirus levels.

kborsuk@greenwichtime.com