Woodland classes go virtual after positive test


BEACON FALLS — Region 16 turned to all virtual classes at Woodland Regional High School on Tuesday after a non-certified staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

In a letter, Superintendent of Schools Michael Yamin said administrators learned of the positive test late Monday. He said the timing made it difficult to conduct contact tracing to determine who came in close contact with the staff member. Officials decided to close the building and do remote learning on Tuesday and Wednesday, which is typically a virtual learning day under the region’s hybrid model, to have more time to determine who may need to quarantine.

“This will afford us the necessary time to make decisions about who may have been exposed to a positive case and may be recommended to quarantine,” Yamin said in the letter.

Yamin said officials anticipate high school students will return to in-person classes on Thursday and will announce if there are any more changes.

There were less than six cases reported at Woodland between Nov. 5 and Nov. 11, according to data released weekly by the state.