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Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Walt Whitman High School
Dear Walt Whitman High School Community,
This letter is to inform you that a member of the Walt Whitman High School (WWHS) community has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual was last present on the WWHS campus on March 23, 2021.
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 is defined as:
being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of an individual with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time (e.g., being in the same office or classroom as a positive and symptomatic individual), 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 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:
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.
Visit montgomeryschoolsmd.org/COVID19 and montgomerycountymd.gov/COVID19 for additional information.
We appreciate your cooperation as we work to maintain a safe and healthy school environment.
Robert W. Dodd, EdD
Walt Whitman High School
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