Dear Parents and Community Members:
Today, the District was notified that two members of the school community tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). These cases, one at Mary T. Murphy and one at Branford High School, were unrelated. The affected persons were last in school on Thursday, October 15, 2020 and Friday, October 16, 2020, respectively. They have been instructed to remain on home isolation for 10 days. Anyone who is considered a “close contact” with these people will or may already have been contacted by school officials and/or public health officials and provided with instructions on the appropriate steps to take.
In collaboration with the East Shore Health Department, the District has determined that there is no reason to close school or cancel in-person classes due to the sufficiency of the District’s current cleaning protocols and mitigation measures. We ask that parents/guardians, students, and staff continue to monitor their health and to stay home and contact their medical provider should they experience any of the symptoms below.
- Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)
- Chills or shaking chills
- Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- New loss of taste or smell
For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see the CDC website at the address below: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
As we enter the cooler season, public health officials anticipate the COVID-19 positivity rate to increase. Our school district will continue to monitor the evolving crisis. I wish to thank our school community for being instrumental in creating a culture of safety for our staff and students.
Hamlet M. Hernandez
Superintendent of Schools