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Carroll County School COVID-19 Data and FAQs

Carroll County Public Schools Dashboard (active cases aggregate and by school)

Maryland Department of Health School Data (outbreaks in public and private schools)

 

How will students and staff be notified if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 at a school or school-related activity?

  • Anyone identified as a close contact of a positive case in schools will be notified by the Health Department’s contact tracing team.
  • They will be given information about their risk, how to monitor for symptoms, and how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.
  • It is critical for people to cooperate with contract tracers to help identify people at risk and stop the spread.
  • Contact tracers will not reveal the identity of the positive case.
  • For more information, including the definition of close contact, visit our contact tracing page (link).

 

What happens when a student or staff member at school has symptoms of COVID-19? People with symptoms of COVID-19 who have not tested positive for COVID-19 are called persons under investigation (PUIs).

  • The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to symptoms of other illness like colds and the flu.
  • The school system follows Maryland state guidance to identify people with COVID-19-like illness.
  • Close contacts of PUIs will be required to remain home from school for 14 days or unless COVID-19 is ruled out for the PUI to whom the contact was exposed.
  • People with COVID-like illness who have a negative COVID-19 test may return to school once their symptoms and fever have gone away, without fever-reducing medication (like Tylenol).
  • People with a note from a healthcare provider identifying a different cause of the symptoms may also return to school once symptoms and fever have resolved without fever-reducing medication.
  • For other criteria for returning to school, see Maryland state guidance (link above).

 

How is the Health Department working to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools?

The Health Department has been working closely with public and private schools in Carroll County. Our staff has reviewed return-to-school plans, provided current guidance and technical assistance as needed, inspected school buildings, and followed up on complaints. We track and share COVID-19 data (link to page) to inform school openings and processes.

COVID-19 Guidance for Maryland Schools

CDC School Guidance

CCPS COVID Information

 

Will the Health Department close schools?

The Health Department will work with schools to identify and review COVID-19 cases and spread within schools and in the community. We will make recommendations for action, including additional mitigation measures; closure of a classroom, school, or multiple schools; and other actions designed to slow the spread of the virus within the school system.

 

How is community COVID-19 data used to inform school decision-making?

The Health Department works closely with Carroll County Public Schools to examine trends in county-level COVID-19 data. We will continue to provide regular community data updates to the Board of Education and CCPS staff. Review weekly data slides.

 

What can school community members do to help schools stay open?

The spread of COVID-19 in schools is closely linked with the spread of COVID-19 in communities. Parents who choose to send their children to school must screen their children daily for symptoms and keep their children home when they are sick; send their children to school with face masks, sanitizer, and other supplies; and should consider reducing higher-risk behaviors to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.

All community members can support the school system by following all guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, including wearing face masks, keeping your distance from others outside your household, and washing your hands often, as well as avoiding large gatherings and planning outdoor activities.

Reducing Risk at Gatherings

 

What should I do if I have concerns about what is happening at my child’s school?

If you have concerns about your child’s school, start by talking to that school’s administration. You may also contact CCPS Central Office. If you feel your concern has not been addressed, you may contact the Health Department by calling our COVID-19 hotline at 410-876-4848, using the contact form on our website cchd.maryland.gov, or messaging us on Facebook.

 

Additional resources for parents and children 

COVID-19 Mental Health tips