City Schools Health Update: March 29, 2020
March 29, 2020
Dear City Schools students, families, staff members, and community partners,
The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) has informed Baltimore City Public Schools that a staff member at The Historic Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School recently tested positive for COVID-19 during the school building closure period. Based on an investigation by BCHD when the individual began to show symptoms, the employee contracted the virus three days after schools were closed.
The employee has not been at the school during the closure period, including in recent days when the school building has been used to distribute learning packets and emergency meals. Out of respect for the employee’s confidentiality we cannot release any personal information.
Nevertheless, City Schools continues to take proper steps to ensure all buildings, including Cherry Hill, are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized for use both now and when students return. We are following all recommended guidance from BCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including best practices for cleaning, hygiene, and social distancing.
The most critical steps involve actions the district has taken to ensure schools and offices are sanitized, including:
At every opportunity, directing staff members to work remotely
To the greatest extent possible, practicing social distancing when distributing emergency meals or learning packets
Encouraging frequent handwashing for employees that are working
Cleaning and sanitizing high-use areas, paying particular attention to shared surfaces (doorknobs, sink/toilet handles, elevator buttons, etc.)
Baltimore City Public Schools appreciates the trust you place in us regarding how we are addressing the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community. Please continue to check the school district’s Health Updates Web site for information at www.baltimorecityschools.org/health-updates.
Thank you for your support.