STAMFORD — Westhill High School’s boys varsity soccer team just started its season last week, but is now in a two-week quarantine after two players tested positive for COVID-19.
A letter sent from Principal Michael Rinaldi to staff on Tuesday stated that the entire varsity team would need to quarantine beginning on Wednesday, but that did not include any adults from Westhill staff.
“Please know that once again we were able to effectively perform the contact tracing protocol,” Rinaldi wrote.
The team had just played two games against Stamford High School, on Monday and Thursday. The Westhill Athletics social media account posted a video of the Monday game earlier this week.
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Stamford High students were also told to quarantine, but Sharon Beadle, spokesperson for Stamford Public Schools, said she could not reveal if those students were players on the school’s varsity soccer team.
Beadle said the district could not share any details about the COVID cases or quarantine, citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, as the reason.
She said the city’s Health Department advised the school district not to release any “identifiable information of who is impacted.”
Over the weekend, Stamford Public Schools announced that no spectators would be allowed at sporting events, even though Connecticut does allow for a limited number of spectators at school games.
The Stamford Board of Education last week voted to allow Superintendent Tamu Lucero to suspend or modify restrictions to allow non-essential visitors to school facilities before, during or after school. During that meeting, Lucero spoke about the idea of allowing up to two visitors per player to attend games.
But on Saturday, the district announced that no family or friends would be allowed at games. The decision was made after consulting with the city’s Department of Health.
“Although disappointing and challenging, we understand and support the Stamford Department of Health’s guidance, released late last week, regarding prohibiting fans/spectators at athletic events and continuing to limit the number of extracurricular activities,” wrote Lucero, in an emailed message.
Stamford Board of Education member Jackie Pioli claimed the guidance hasn’t been followed in some cases, in which spectators have attended games.
The district updates and online COVID dashboard every Thursday, which includes total number of cases in the district, the number of people in quarantine and how many schools have been affected so far.
As of last Thursday, there were 16 confirmed cases of COVID cases in the district since school opened a month ago, with 74 people in quarantine and 11 schools impacted.