Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Francis Scott Key Middle School

December 24, 2021

Dear Francis Scott Key Middle School Community:

This letter is to inform you that we were just informed that another grade 8 male student tested positive for COVID-19 The student was last in school on Friday, December 17, 2021.

Following Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) guidelines, we notified individuals who were known to have close contact with this individual and have informed them about quarantining and monitoring for symptoms, per CDC guidelines.

Per the current DHHS guidance and our contact tracing process, unless you are notified directly, your child does not need to quarantine as they were not in close contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19. Please visit for additional information on how the CDC, MCPS, and DHHS defines and identifies close connections.

We encourage you to closely monitor your child for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, headache, and shortness of breath. If your child develops any of these symptoms, do not send them to school. Instead, you should contact your healthcare provider and test your child for COVID-19. Likewise, please contact the school if your child develops COVID-19-like symptoms. Students who develop symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19, will not be able to return to the building until they are medically cleared.

As a reminder, here are the steps that we can all take to keep ourselves, families, and the school community safe:

  • Get vaccinated when eligible
  • Wear a mask or appropriate face covering at all times when in school and other public spaces.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before and after eating.
  • Cover your cough and/or sneeze and immediately wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Please visit and for additional information on COVID-19 resources, including free COVID-19 testing and COVID-19 vaccination sites.

We appreciate your cooperation to maintain a safe and healthy school environment.

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