NORWOOD — The Norwood Public Schools superintendent is among the group of town officials who are in self-quarantine after they came into contact with a coronavirus patient.

Superintendent David Thomson is one of the 11 town officials who have been asked to self-quarantine after he attended an event last week where a person who has since tested positive for COVID-19 was also in attendance.

According to town health officials, Thomson is currently healthy and has not exhibited any symptoms of illness since attending a March 1 house party. Because of this, he will not be tested for COVID-19 unless he develops symptoms.

Thomson will work from home next week and will be able to return to school March 16, which is when the self-quarantine period ends, if he remains symptom-free.

Norwood Public Schools will be operating in a normal fashion and all schools will be open Monday.

“Parents are encouraged to send their children to school next week. Please stay informed and we will notify parents if there are any updates,” said Norwood Health Director Sigalle Reiss. “There is no known exposure to the schools and the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus remains low across the state, including in Norwood.”

“The district has remained in close contact with our town health department officials and they assure me that there is no current cause for concern for students when it comes to attending school in Norwood," Thomson said. "If there are any changes to that sentiment we will certainly let parents and the school community know as quickly as possible.”

Out of an abundance of caution, the school district is taking the opportunity to sanitize and disinfect all Norwood schools and the district office this weekend while they remain empty.

In addition, health officials said the schools will continue to be diligently cleaned as they are routinely during cold and flu season.