The food service employee at Cheshire High School who reported symptoms associated with COVID-19 on Monday, Nov. 16, has tested negative for the virus.
However, the school is now dealing with another employee reporting similar symptoms, prompting the decision to keep all CHS students home and remote learning for the rest of this week.
In a statement released to parents this morning by CHS Principal Mary Gadd, she detailed how another member of the food service crew has reportedly begun to exhibit symptoms that are associated with the virus. Superintendent of Schools Jeff Solan described the news to The Herald as a “good news/bad news situation” for the Cheshire School District, and one that keeps the high school in somewhat of a state of limbo.
“We were notified today an additional food service staff member is now exhibiting symptoms (of COVID-19). Given the close confines of our kitchen, other food service staff are potential close contacts. The full staff must quarantine pending the outcome of the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test,” Gadd wrote.
According to Gadd, remote learning will continue at CHS until Friday, Nov. 20, at which time they will determine if school will be held in person the following week.
“While we considered half days to provide in-person learning, we felt that maintaining the continuity of instruction through remote learning was advantageous at this time,” she explained.
The news comes after the high school enacted what was described as an “emergency early dismissal” Monday morning, when the District was first informed that a food service employee was feeling ill and was undergoing a test for COVID-19. The employee was not at the school on Monday.
Next week is already scheduled to be a short one for Cheshire students, as a half-day is currently scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 25, and days off on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday.