Eight additional cases of COVID-19 — all students — reported in Greenwich Public Schools

Students enter school on the first day of the 2021-2022 school year at Western Middle School in Greenwich, Conn. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

Students enter school on the first day of the 2021-2022 school year at Western Middle School in Greenwich, Conn. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media file photo

GREENWICH — The eight new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Greenwich Public Schools were all among students, according to the Tuesday update on the district’s online tracker.

The school district has reported 18 cases of COVID since the first day of classes for students on Sept. 1, according to the tracker.

There are now 14 active cases of COVID in the school district, with four resolved cases, the tracker said.

Those active cases are in nine school buildings, with three COVID-19 cases at Greenwich High; two each at Glenville, Hamilton Avenue and North Mianus; and one each at Eastern Middle, International School at Dundee, Old Greenwich, Riverside and Western Middle.

Of the 14 cases, 11 are linked to outside activities or family and three cases are of unknown origin, according to the tracker.

Since the start of the year, the district has resolved four cases.

The 2021-22 school year began on Sept. 1 for students in the Greenwich Public Schools. Classes were canceled on Sept. 2 due to storm damage, and classes were held on only three days last week, with days off for Labor Day and Rosh Hashana. That made for a total of six days of classes before the COVID tracker was updated Tuesday morning.

Under an executive order from Gov. Ned Lamont, masks are required for everyone, regardless of immunization status, in all schools until at least Sept. 30. The Greenwich Board of Education also voted to approve a mask mandate through at least Sept. 30 and require social distancing in school buildings.

“We will continue to update our robust tracker twice a week, but also send letters, typically by school principals, to our staff and families if they are impacted directly. Members of our health care team conduct thorough contact tracing immediately when a positive case is reported,” Jonathan Supranowitz, director of communications for the school district, said previously.

In the new school year, classes are held in person for students in all grades, and there is no remote school option.

“We also continue to ask our families and staff to complete a COVID-19 Symptom Self Checklist before attending school each day and if they have any symptoms, they should stay home and get tested,” Supranowitz said.

A year ago, the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Greenwich Public Schools came in mid-September and, until late October, cases remained in the single digits district-wide. A total of 697 cases of COVID-19 were reported for the entirety of the 2020-21 school year.

As of last Thursday, 483 total cases of COVID-19 were reported in schools statewide, impacting 97 teachers and 386 students, according to the state Department of Public Health.

Overall in the Stamford Public Schools, 55 people had tested positive for COVID and 64 people were in quarantine since classes reopened on Aug. 30, the district reported Monday. The district in Stamford does not break down the numbers in terms of students vs. teachers, nor does the district report the cases by school.