Schools’ COVID Update: Teachers’ Masks, Visitors And More

Six weeks into the school year — as the Westport schools see a continuing drop in COVID cases — superintendent of schools Thomas Scarice offers this update.

Starting tomorrow (Wednesday), the Westport Public Schools will allow teachers in grades 7 to 12 to teach unmasked, provided they are vaccinated, in the front of the room, and students are masked and seated.

The option will be considered for kindergarten through grade 5 after November 1, when there is more information on vaccines for children ages 5-11.

Lunch tents will remain in place for the rest of the month. They will be re-examined at the end of the month, pending a better understanding of K-6 vaccinations.

Scarice notes, “lunch coverage at the elementary levels is very challenging. We will move as quickly as we can to return to ‘normal’ lunch.”

A normal school cafeteria.

Westport schools will continue to require visitors to show proof of vaccination at least through December 31. Larger groups of visitors will be permitted to meet in person with building administration permission, provided there is an opportunity to distance (for example, larger rooms), and that visitors are masked with proof of vaccination.

Elementary parent conferences will be held in person for vaccinated parents, virtual for unvaccinated parents. Virtual accommodations for any parent can be made.

With a number of performances scheduled in the next 2 months, the district and Westport Weston Health District decided to monitor COVID transmission rates to guide mitigating measures. Measures to consider include the amount of capacity allowed, and spacing between attendees.

The district is open for building and space rental by community groups after hours. Universal masking is recommended; however, the district does not have however, the district does not have the capacity to enforce measures outside of school hours.

3 responses to “Schools’ COVID Update: Teachers’ Masks, Visitors And More

  1. Chris Washington

    “Westport schools will continue to require visitors to show proof of vaccination at least through December 31. Larger groups of visitors will be permitted to meet in person with building administration permission, provided there is an opportunity to distance (for example, larger rooms), and that visitors are masked with proof of vaccination.

    Elementary parent conferences will be held in person for vaccinated parents, virtual for unvaccinated parents. Virtual accommodations for any parent can be made.”

    Requiring proof of vaccination for visitors?? My gosh, hospitals are offering the option for visitors to either show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID test within 72 hours.

    Is proof of negative COVID test an option for visitors to be permitted to enter Westport school buildings??

    Please direct us to a link regarding this option.

  2. Chris Washington

    Asking again, for clarification, is proof of negative COVID test an option to be permitted to enter Westport Public School buildings?

    Please provide clarification and a link explaining the visitor policy of Westport Public School District.

  3. Chris Washington

    Mr. Scarice,
    Please provide your comment and website link regarding the visitor policy for Westport Public Schools offering an option of showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test to be permitted to enter Westport Public School Buildings.

    Please clarify the confusion.
    Thank you

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