COVID surge in Wilton schools starting to subside

Wilton Superintendent of Schools Kevin Smith

Wilton Superintendent of Schools Kevin Smith

Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media

WILTON — After its two highest weeks of COVID-19 transmission since the onset of the academic year, the school district’s surge is beginning to buck as January wanes to a close.

In the first two weeks back from holiday vacation, Wilton schools saw one-week case totals of 308 and 123, respectively. As of Monday, Wilton has reported that last week’s case total dropped to 67, the same as its final week total leading into the holiday break.

“We’re absolutely — compared to the two week’s prior — trending in the right direction,” Superintendent Kevin Smith told the Board of Education last week.

Additionally, staff absences “are also substantially lower than they had been in the past two weeks,” Smith said. Last Wednesday, the district saw just over 40 staff absences. Smith said that total was half of the number that they had been managing when returning from the holiday break in early January.

Pointing to similar trends, Smith said Fairfield County’s “daily case count has dropped almost as dramatically as it had risen several weeks ago.”

To further combat transmission, Smith said the district is continuing to distribute masks and at-home testing kits. On Jan. 14, Wilton schools were allocated another 2,800 at-home testing kits by the state, which they subsequently began distributing to families in need in the following days.

“If you need a test kit, because your child is showing symptoms, we certainly have them,” Smith said. “Just call the school and we can provide them to you.”

Smith said they are not requiring parents who test their children with a kit provided by the schools to disclose the results to the district.