Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Poolesville High School

March 31, 2021

Dear Poolesville High School Community,

This letter is to inform you that an individual who was last present at Poolesville High School for an evening
event on Monday, March 22, 2021, has been identified as a probable coronavirus (COVID-19) case. 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.

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:

? 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 or campus 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.

Mark Carothers

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