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Letter to parents and staff - April 6


April 6, 2021

 Dear Gilbert School Community, Faculty and Staff,

We learned yesterday, April 5,2021, of a COVID-19 positive case in our Gilbert Community. There was a need for contact tracing because the individual was last in the building on April 1, 2021. Contact tracing has been completed and all direct contacts have been notified. Please note that this new reported case is not related to any cases recently reported. 

On Monday, April 5, 2021, we welcomed back our Middle School Cohorts. All students are now in the building four days a week except those who have chosen to remain in Cohort C. Parents and students will still be able to choose the remote learning option, Cohort C. I do feel that we may still have disruptions to in-person learning with possible quarantining of students. Older students now have the opportunity to get vaccinated. The Governor has announced that ages 16 and older can sign up for the vaccine. Students ages 16 and 17 have one vaccine option, Pfizer, and will need parent consent to get vaccinated. Students 18 years and older have a choice of the three vaccines currently available. 

If your child has been tested due to a COVID-19 positive exposure outside of the school building, please communicate your results to our School Nurse, Kelli Gilbert. It is extremely important that we are made aware of test results. You can email Kelli Gilbert at concerning your test results. This will allow us to take the required steps, if necessary, to contact trace members of our community who may have been a direct contact of the individual who tested positive. The timely reporting of test results is crucial. We will continue to monitor all direct contacts and any other potential contacts as they are discovered. We will inform you in a letter similar to this one of test results and pending action. Our concern for our community’s safety and health will always drive our decision making. 

If you are traveling during next week's April Spring Recess, you can assist us in keeping our community safe by quarantining, getting tested for COVID-19 and monitoring your health and your family’s health. Stay home if you have any symptoms or have had contact with someone who displays symptoms. Your children should be home until test results are received for them or other family members.  For the future, we made a decision to no longer quarantine siblings of direct contacts. If someone does test positive in a student’s home, we will quarantine the children from that family. 

Remember to use good hand hygiene, wash your hands frequently for twenty seconds at a time and be sure to also wash under your fingertips. Wash your hands before eating and when soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.  Always wash your hands after using the bathroom.

Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.

  • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

  • Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family members will be in the presence of others.

  • Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others when outside of your home. 

Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor in their family members:

  • Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)

  • Chills or shaking chills

  • Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as a chronic cough)

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • COVID can present as subtle cold-like symptoms such as congestion, runny nose and cough

For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see:

Staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office or hospital. Staff and students experiencing any symptoms should not come to school and should notify the school of their symptoms. 

We are closely monitoring this situation and working with the Torrington Area Health District and will provide you with updates if they arise. If any student experiences new infection or you have any questions or concerns, please email Kelli Gilbert at

Anthony Serio, Ed.D.

Head of School/Superintendent