Masks remain optional in Wilton schools despite increase in cases

Wilton High School and the rest of the district will remain mask optional after returning from spring break.

Wilton High School and the rest of the district will remain mask optional after returning from spring break.

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WILTON — Despite recently reaching its highest one-week total of COVID cases since January, the school district is remaining mask optional as everyone returns from spring break this week.

The district had its highest one-week total two weeks ago, just before break last week. After consulting with health officials, administration also decided to not change the current mitigation strategies, Superintendent Kevin Smith said.

“Just before the break, we consulted with Dr. Chrissy Macken, our district medical advisor, and Dr. Asha Shah, an infectious disease specialist with Stamford Hospital,” Smith said Friday. “While we are monitoring COVID activity, we are not at this point altering any of the current recommendations.”

In the week prior to spring break, the Wilton School District saw a total of 40 confirmed positive COVID cases. This continued a trend of increased cases each week since early March, and its highest one-week total since late January. The district reported 48 cases for Jan. 24 to 28.

Of the individuals that were reported as COVID positive on the district site just before spring break, 36 were students while the remainder were staff.

“Masks remain optional at this time,” Smith said.

In consulting with numerous medical professionals, Smith said he feels confident in the district’s handling of mitigation. The district even sent testing kits home to families and urged them to use them before returning to school on Monday.

“We'll continue to monitor activity and consult with our medical professionals,” he said.

Smith also said that he recommended all district individuals to “stay home when not feeling well” and to “test if they have symptoms.”