Wilton school district’s COVID cases drop by half

WILTON — After a month of steadily increasing COVID-19 numbers in the district — ultimately leading to a school year high of 308 cases in the first week of classes in 2022 — last week’s case total dropped by more than half as the district hopes to recover from the holiday surge.

Wilton schools have reported that the number of COVID cases has fallen to 123. While that number is still the second-highest one-week total since the start of classes in late August, the drop could be a result of added mitigation strategies employed by the district during the rise in cases.

The Board of Education met with Superintendent of Schools Kevin Smith in early January. They agreed that extra steps to curb transmission, including utilization of proper spacing in common areas such as the cafeteria, would be taken to slow the spread.

In the midst of Wilton’s surge in cases, Smith told the school board that the district was “just trying to keep its doors open” and that its “teachers and administrators have been scrambling.”

As of last week, 173 staff and students were isolating after receiving a positive test or being deemed “in close contact” with someone who was positive.

The district will continue to employ a 10-day window of mandatory out-of-school isolation for students who have tested positive. Students who are showing no symptoms thereafter may return. Staff isolation periods are shorter, per the superintendent, at just five days. Staff who show no symptoms may return on the sixth day.