AVON, Connecticut — As the number of positive COVID-19 cases throughout Connecticut rises, Avon High School is moving back to the hybrid learning model starting on October 23.
On Thursday, the Connecticut Department of Health released its weekly COVID-19 Alert map which shows the spread of the virus by town.
Avon was placed under an orange zone, meaning their case rates between 10 and 14 per 100K population.
A joint letter from the Town Manager Brandon Roberston, Superintendent Dr. Bridget Carnemolla, and the Director of the Farmington Valley Health District Jennifer Kertanis, said Avon has seen 31 positive cases total, which equals 12.1 per 100,000 population.
The town officials and health director added a number of cases are clustered in single households. They added there have been a "few" positive cases in the schools, none have been acquired in the school setting.
Officials say moving to the hybrid model will help contact tracing efforts of the virus.
Avon Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Bridget Carnemolla released the following statement:
We have not had any transmission of the virus within one of our schools, which the health department attributes to the many mitigation strategies we have implemented. But, with community transmission on the rise, we have temporarily reverted our high school back to a hybrid model, starting today. We will continue to monitor the numbers on a daily basis and make any other changes, as necessary. We are hoping that the uptick subsides and we can keep our schools open.
"This will help better facilitate contact tracing efforts in the event of additional positive cases, given that we are unable to work within cohorts of students at AHS," said Roberston, Carnemolla, and Kertanis in a joint statement.