COVID Caution Closes Coleytown El, Stepping Stones

Superintendent of Schools Tom Scarice sent this notice today to all Coleytown Elementary School families and staff:

The administration learned early this morning that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Given the timing of the notice and our need to follow district protocols with contact tracing, as a precautionary measure, Coleytown Elementary School will be closed today, Friday, September 11, 2020, to students and staff. This closure includes the staff and students of Stepping Stones preschool.

[Principal Jenna] Sirowich and the administrative team will be working closely with the central office administrators, the Westport Weston Health District and our medical advisor to assess the impact of this positive COVID-19 test and begin contact tracing.  We will provide an update to the CES and preschool community later today.

In the interim, our custodial staff will be conducting a thorough cleaning of the building to ensure it is ready for reopening.

We regret needing to take this action and for the late notice but feel it is the most prudent decision so that we can implement the necessary tracing measures.  The health and safety of students and staff are our primary concern.

This was the scene Tuesday morning, at Coleytown Elementary School.(Photo/Stephanie Mastocciolo)

7 responses to “COVID Caution Closes Coleytown El, Stepping Stones

  1. Unfortunate, but I guess it was inevitable this would happen sooner or later. Lets just hope it has not spread to many students!!

  2. I was waiting for this to happen and I’m not surprised! I’m going to be in my house for another six months. Ugh!

  3. The Super should NEVER have opened the schools in the first place. It was, and will be going forward, irresponsible and, in fact, malfeasance He should be called to task for his stupidity, and the threat it has foisted on the entire town.

  4. Michelle Benner

    The wps was under heavy pressure from a majority of parents in the community to open the schools. In fact, many wanted a return to full time school instead of the hybrid model that was ultimately agreed upon. Our new superintendent is a thoughtful, realistic, intelligent leader who transparent, upfront and honest with our community. Far better in my opinion than our last two superintendants combined. We are so lucky to have him. The choices made were the result of a combination of fact driven data and the humane understanding of caution and the uncompromising nature of this virus. Please watch this summer’s recorded boe meetings to understand the complex discussions and thought that went into this difficult choice. Your rash judgement of our new superintendent is a reflection of how little you know. Only 10 percent of us in the school community chose to keep our children home for full distance learning. The teachers union also agreed to return to this hybrid model, which in my opinion was the most surprising. Please educate yourself regarding the details of this situation before throwing stones.

    • Though pleading guilty to knowing little about many things (even some on which I enter the fray), I do think bowing to pressure in the face of facts is silly…sort of like Trump letting sycophants rally maskles at his speeches….it makes him popular, but it’s not the right thing to do.

      • Michelle Benner

        As a perent of children in middle school and high school, I agree that the schools shouldn’t have opened which is why we are doinf full distance learning. I also agree that bowing to pressure is not the best way to make a decision. However, the facts used to guide the decision to open pointed to a full reopening. It was pushback by scarice, the admin team, and the boe which brought the compromise to hybrid. There were very little cases at the time and our district as well as most of the schools throughout fairfield county both public and private went hybrid as a justification that this would be a middle way. It was set up to be a fluid system to allow for openings, quarantines and closures as they arise. Public school systems across fairfield county collaborated together to figure out the best path forward, and the teachers union went along with it. This choice doesn’t rest on just one individual but on many leaders and administrators throughout our entire region. As you can imagine, trying to do what’s best for a wide range of community needs in the face of a global pandemic is fraught with challenges. For some, there is no obvious answer and decisions made will be questioned regardless. One thing I am absolutely certain of is everyone is trying their very best to approach this problem with gravity and commitment to make thoughtful choices for the citizens of our community.

        • Thanks, Michelle,for taking the time to most fully explain “the way it went.” I do appreciate the tutorial and hope, with all my hopeabilit, that things turn out as we all wish them to.
          Be Well,