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

October 13, 2021

Dear Quince Orchard Community,
This letter is to inform you that we were notified that a student in the 11th grade who was last
present at Quince Orchard High School on 10/12/21 tested positive for the coronavirus
(COVID-19) on 10/12/21. We were notified on 10/12/21 of the positive test. We were also
notified today, 10/13/21, that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff
member was last on site at Quince Orchard High School on 10/13/21 which is the date of the
positive test. 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 to quarantine and monitor for symptoms, per CDC guidelines.

Per current DHHS guidance and our contact tracing process, unless you are notified directly, you
or 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
x.html#contact for additional information on how the CDC, MCPS and DHHS, defines and
identifies close contacts.

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. You should contact your healthcare provider and have your child
tested for COVID-19. 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:
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 as we work to maintain a safe and healthy school environment.

Elizabeth L. Thomas
Principal, Quince Orchard High School


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