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Region 1 COVID-19 Letter 5/5/22

Dear Region 1 Parents, Caregivers and Staff,

As you may be aware, the CT COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates are rising.  Most recently, we have received positive cases reports from most of our schools, but cases have risen significantly at Kent Center School and HVRHS over the last several days. The case reports by school for this week, at the time of writing this letter, are as follows:



School 

Number of Cases

HVRHS

16

Canaan - Lee H. Kellogg School

0

Cornwall - Cornwall Consolidated School 

0

Kent - Kent Center School

14

North Canaan - North Canaan Elementary School

3

Salisbury - Salisbury Central School 

4

Sharon - Sharon Center School

2


Although cases have not emerged in every school, we strongly recommend that all students and staff 

in all Region 1 schools wear masks while in school, until we are sure that the cases have been contained. Depending on the trend of positive cases throughout the State and in our area, we may have to return to a universal mask requirement. You also may also be required to wear a mask at public gatherings such as music concerts and dramatic performances, depending on the public health situation in your town.


You will not receive daily letters with respect to new cases, but we will continue to update the Region 1 website each day per our current practice.  We will closely monitor the situation in all of the schools and will communicate with everyone when a mask recommendation can be relaxed. 


We continue to stress that it is extremely important to keep your children at home when they are not feeling well. We realize that this is difficult given that it is allergy season and that allergy symptoms are similar to those associated with COVID-19. However, please note that COVID-19 symptoms are not mitigated by allergy medication. Therefore, you should test your children and family members if symptoms persist after taking medication to treat allergies. We have an abundant supply of test kits. Please contact the school nurse if you need a home test kit should your child(ren) or anyone in your household develop any COVID-19 symptoms.


Thank you for remaining vigilant regarding possible exposure to COVID-19 and for notifying us with respect to positive cases as they occur. Please contact me if you have any questions about the contents of this letter. 


Sincerely,


Lisa B. Carter

Superintendent