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COVID-19: West Rocks closes

The Norwalk Public Schools COVID-19 dashboard, as of Friday morning.

NORWALK, Conn. —West Rocks Middle School has joined the list of closed Norwalk Public Schools facilities.

“NPS was notified late in the day of new confirmed COVID cases at West Rocks Middle School. As a result, West Rocks will be on full remote learning tomorrow to allow time for contact tracing to take place. …Families will be updated over the weekend about a return to in-person learning, after more information is available,” NPS Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams said in an email.

West Rocks is the eighth school to close this week.

  • Jefferson Elementary and Fox Run Elementary switched to remote learning Monday
  • Ponus Ridge Middle School and Silvermine Dual Language Magnet School switched to remote learning Tuesday
  • Cranbury Elementary and Wolfpit Elementary switched to remote learning Thursday
  • Tracey Elementary and West Rocks Middle School switched to remote learning Friday

 

Norwalk Public Schools website lists seven K-12 schools open and 14 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
  • West Rocks Middle School – reopening to be determined
  • 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
  • Tracey Magnet School– reopening expected Dec. 21
  • Wolfpit Elementary – reopening expected Jan. 4

 

The Norwalk Early Childhood Center (NECC) is open. The Project Search and Norwalk Next Steps programs are both closed.

Mayor Harry Rilling reported 52 new positive cases Thursday in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases to 5,240. No deaths were reported.

“As cases continue to spread in Norwalk, it is inevitable that our schools will be impacted, and I know this is a difficult situation for families, students, and teachers,” Rilling said in a statement. “I appreciate the extra cautious approach taken by NPS and the Health Department when it comes to the safety of our children and teachers, and the continued patience and understanding from parents and families. Please know everyone is doing the best they can.”

2 comments

Lifelong Norwalker December 11, 2020 at 12:25 pm

Of the schools that remain open, several if not all have classes and staff out quarantined due to cases in the buildings.

Curious Voter December 11, 2020 at 12:32 pm

Stop putzing around. Bite the bullet and close schools until the second round of the vaccine is available. One school is closed until Dec. 21, you really think Covid will be better by then? It’s more disruptive to families to open and close and open and close again. I understand their education may suffer a period of time, parents having to work too but teachers, custodians, support staff, bus drivers and their family members could die from this, just to open a school that will close again anyway. Come on just close them. Someone take charge and make the call. I can only hope the call is also made that compels anti vaccers to have their children take the vaccine or they can’t come back to school. Good luck with that.

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