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Waterford High School to fully distance learn Thursday and Friday

Waterford — Superintendent Thomas Giard informed parents and guardians Wednesday that all Waterford High School students would distance learn on Thursday and Friday due to new COVID-19 cases.

On Tuesday, Waterford Public Schools learned of two additional cases at the high school, as well as another case at Clark Lane Middle School.

“All (Waterford High School) students will remain home these two days," Giard wrote in an email Wednesday. "There will be no extra-curricular activities and no interscholastic sports through the weekend. This decision is being made in the interest of everyone’s safety and to ensure no additional positive COVID-19 cases enter the school building Thursday or Friday. Teachers will be communicating work expectations to students.”

Clark Lane Middle School suspended in-person classes on Oct. 5 for two weeks, and had planned to reopen on Oct. 19.

On Sunday, the district will reassess opening the schools for in-person learning again on Monday. The district took Wednesday, a regularly scheduled distance learning day, to decide how to respond to the positive cases, ultimately choosing to go remote Thursday and Friday.

The school is working with Ledge Light Health District on contact tracing in this case. Those who tested positive were told to self-quarantine. Giard said school or local health officials have contacted or will contact anyone who is considered a close contact with the person who tested positive.

COVID-19 has caused modified school schedules in Groton, Norwich, East Lyme, New London, Montville and Colchester, among other towns in the state.

s.spinella@theday.com

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