PITTSFIELD — As of Wednesday, Pittsfield Public Schools had identified 11 students in four schools who were positive for COVID-19, as well as eight staff members, according to the interim district leader.
The district learned Wednesday that four more students had tested positive for COVID-19, interim Superintendent Joseph Curtis said in a statement to the school community.
The students are enrolled at Pittsfield High School, Taconic High School, Reid Middle School and Stearns Elementary School, he said.
That brings the total count of positive cases as of Wednesday at Pittsfield High to five students, at Taconic to four students and one staff member, at Reid to one student and one staff member and at Stearns to one student.
Conte Community School had two staff members who tested positive for the coronavirus, Egremont Elementary School had one positive staff member and Capeless Elementary School had three positive staff members. Curtis presented the figures to the School Committee on Wednesday.
Curtis told the committee that positive COVID-19 cases continue being reported after the district reverted back to all-remote learning this month, after an increase in positive cases in the city. The district will continue keeping students out of classrooms through the Thanksgiving holiday, until at least Dec. 4.
“The cases have not ceased,” Curtis said.
According to Curtis, contact tracing revealed transmission of the virus from one staff member to a colleague.
In another case, transmission occurred from a Pittsfield Public Schools staff member to a student. And separately, Curtis said, transmission occurred among three students who are friends outside school.
“So, we don’t necessarily attribute their confirmed case to a school experience,” Curtis said of the three students, “but we do know through contact tracing that they are close acquaintances outside of school.”