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COVID-19: Three schools close

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. (Courtesy of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases {NIAID}.)

Updated, 12:03 p.m.: Another school closing.

NORWALK, Conn. — Three additional Norwalk schools have closed due to COVID-19.

Cranbury Elementary is on remote learning as of Thursday and will remain out until Dec. 21, NPS Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams said Wednesday. Wolfpit Elementary is also going remote Thursday but will reopen Monday, Jan. 4.

Wilcox Williams announced Thursday morning that Tracey Elementary is going to remote learning Friday. Students and staff will return Dec. 21.

“Unfortunately, due to the number of staff members now quarantined, we are no longer able to effectively operate these buildings. The variation in return dates reflects different factors, such as when someone received a positive test result or when someone with a now confirmed case was last in a building. It can also reflect that a group of staff members who were previously quarantined as a precaution are scheduled to be back,” she explained.

More than half of Norwalk’s schools are closed; Norwalk Public Schools website lists nine as open and 12 closed. In addition, the Next Steps program is on remote learning, while Project Search is open. With Tracey closing, it’s eight open and 13 closed.

Closed, according to the NPS website, are:

  • Brien McMahon High School – reopening expected Dec. 14
  • Center for Global Studies– reopening expected Dec. 14
  • Norwalk High School – reopening expected Dec. 14
  • P-Tech (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) – reopening expected Dec. 14
  • Ponus Ridge Middle School – reopening expected Jan. 4
  • Roton Middle School – reopening expected Dec. 14
  • Cranbury Elementary – reopening expected Dec. 21
  • Fox Run Elementary – reopening expected Dec. 21
  • Jefferson Elementary at Ponus – reopening expected Dec. 21
  • Silvermine dual language – reopening expected Jan. 4
  • Silvermine at Jefferson annex – reopening expected Jan. 4
  • Wolfpit Elementary – reopening expected Jan. 4

 

Open are:

  • Nathan Hale Middle School
  • West Rocks Middle School
  • Brookside Elementary School
  • Columbus Magnet School
  • Kendall Elementary School
  • Marvin Elementary School
  • Naramake Elementary School
  • Rowayton Elementary School
  • Tracy Magnet School

The website had not been updated at noon Thursday.

Wednesday evening, Mayor Harry Rilling reported 70 new positive cases in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases to 5,188, and no deaths.

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