Prospect Elementary closed after student, teacher test positive

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PROSPECT — Prospect Elementary School is closed for at least the rest of the week after a student and staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

In a letter to parents, Region 16 Superintendent of Schools Michael Yamin said officials learned Wednesday that a fifth-grader and staff member tested positive. Yamin said the student and teacher had not been physically in the school since last week. He said school and health officials are conducting contact tracing and “a number of students” and four staff members are quarantined or waiting for coronavirus test results.

Prospect Elementary students will remote learn at home Thursday and Friday. Yamin said officials will decide whether to return to in-person classes before the weekend.

“This will allow us to identify any health and safety concerns and evaluate situations that may arise as a result of contact tracing and testing,” he wrote.

Elementary school students in the region, which is comprised of Beacon Falls and Prospect, attend class in-person four days a week. All students in the region remote learn at home on Wednesdays, which are half days.