A private out of state event prompted an early dismissal of New Fairfield schools Friday. At least 6 staff and 4 students attended the event where 4 people tested positive for COVID-19. Superintendent Pat Cosentino says none of the positive tests were of New Fairfield residents or in the schools, but it was a precaution to close so contact tracing could be done. The schools were closed for Columbus Day and no students were in the buildings Tuesday because it was a professional development day. All New Fairfield students and staff were sent home with Chromebooks and supplies as schools will be closed this week. Cosentino says she is deeply disappointed to be on remote learning for a week, but there is still a pandemic and asked everyone to be flexible. Cosentino says this situation is a reminder that this is an interdependent community and people must remain vigilant to stay healthy.