Community Notification: COVID-19 Cases at Quince Orchard High School

August 17, 2021

Dear Quince Orchard High School Community,

This letter is to inform you that we were notified today that six individuals who were last present at Quince Orchard High School on August 16th tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) on August 17th. Following Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) guidelines, we notified individuals who were known to have direct contact with this individual and have advised them to quarantine. 

Per current DHHS guidance and our contact tracing process, unless you are notified directly, your child does 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 in schools  is defined as: 

being within 3 feet or less for 15 or more minutes (within a 24 hour period) of an individual with COVID-19, or

having direct contact with the infectious secretions from an individual with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on).

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 your child for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. If your child develops any of these symptoms, do not send them to school. You should contact your healthcare provider immediately for advice. 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 school community safe:

-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.

-Practice physical distancing and keep 6 feet away from others when possible.

-Stay home if you are sick.

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


Elizabeth L. Thomas

Quince Orchard High School Principal


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