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Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Whetstone Elementary School
Dear Whetstone Community,
This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Whetstone ES on April 23 has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) on April 26. Following guidance from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) it was determined there has been no risk of exposure to other students or staff on-site. Our most recent COVID pool testing, on April 26, showed that everyone who elected to test was negative.
Note: During our COVID pool testing, classes with four or less participants consenting will not be tested.
Based on the contact tracing guidelines, staff and students do not need to be tested or quarantine as they were not in direct contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19. Direct contact is defined as:
Note: The definition of “close contact” does not include all other individuals on the same floor or in the same building as a positive individual, unless they also meet criteria (1) or (2).
We encourage you to closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. If any of these symptoms develop, please stay home and do not report in-person to the school building. You should contact your healthcare provider immediately for advice. Please contact the school if there is a development of COVID-19-like symptoms. Staff or 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 school community safe:
Visit montgomeryschoolsmd.org/coronavirus and montgomerycountymd.gov/COVID19 for additional information.
We appreciate your cooperation as we work to maintain a safe and healthy school environment.
Mrs. Loretta Woods
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