Community Health Update | December 2

This morning we were informed promptly that a teacher (primary contact) has tested positive for Covid-19. The CDC will investigate tomorrow. All 7th and 8th graders, three 12th graders, and twelve employees are now in quarantine until further notice.
Dear Friends,

Late this afternoon we learned that one of our teachers, who was experiencing symptoms of a cold, received a positive result from a rapid Covid-19 test. Because the rapid tests are not as reliable as PCR tests, the teacher also has now taken a PCR test and is awaiting the results.

In accordance with our practices, we immediately informed the Department of Health, but because it was so late in the day, DoH was unable to investigate the extent of the teacher’s contacts. Because our 7th and 8th graders were in the teacher’s presence outside during PE, out of an abundance of caution, DoH has asked that our 7th and 8th grade students--as well as three 12th graders who had some contact with the teacher--all stay home tomorrow. Although we do not anticipate the need for all of these students to quarantine for any greater length of time, DoH will provide further instructions tomorrow and we will immediately share what we learn with you. Additionally, I have asked 12 employees to remain home tomorrow who also may have had close contact with this teacher. 

I understand and regret that this positive test result and the lack of clear guidance may cause stress and anxiety. We are doing the best we can with the information available and will share more as soon as we are able. 

Additionally, earlier today we received the results of our campus based weekly testing and no one tested positive for Covid-19. However, given the rising rate of Covid-19, undoubtedly this will not be the last such email you receive. I appreciate your continued patience and support during this challenging time.

Warmly,
Lori Strauss
Head of School
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