Fairfield elementary school closes amid COVID case
FAIRFIELD — Riverfield Elementary School will be closed for the rest of the week and classes will be held remotely after a person there tested positive for COVID-19, school officials said Wednesday.
The closing will give time for deep cleaning and contact tracing to be completed, Superintendent Mike Cummings and Angelus Papageorge, the district COVID-19 health and safety compliance liaison said in a letter sent to Fairfield Public School staff and parents.
“If there is a need for anyone to self-quarantine, they will be contacted directly by a member of the Fairfield Health Department Contact Tracing Team,” the letter said.
School officials said health and safety protocols were followed, but information related to the case investigation is confidential.
“The safety of our community is our priority,” the letter said. “We are monitoring this situation closely and will continue to keep you informed of any changes or additional information.”
Riverfield elementary has 365 students enrolled both through remote-only learning and hybrid instruction, according to the district’s enrollment totals for this year.
The school sits on the north end of Fairfield, just west of the Fairfield University campus.
The closure comes as the district is looking to expand into full-time, in-person instruction for some students beginning as early as next month.