Coronavirus (Covid-19) CCPS Communications​

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COVID-19 Decision Aid 

CCPS Close Contact Definitions and Exceptions to Quarantine

Carroll County Health Department

Maryland Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Parent Communication 10/1/21

This communication is to inform you of changes to our COVID-19 quarantine protocols that will begin on Monday, October 4th

Starting Monday, October 4, 2021, in settings where universal masking is in place, an asymptomatic student who is identified as a close contact to a positive case will no longer need to be quarantined. Students who are currently in quarantine will need to complete their quarantine before returning to school. 

Parents will be alerted by email if their child is a close contact of a COVID-19 positive student.  If parents choose to keep their child home and quarantine they should notify the school and their absence will be excused.

The school system will continue using mitigation strategies to keep our students safe, including hand-washing, socially distancing students to the extent possible, complying with universal masking, and using air purifiers in instructional spaces. 

Thank you for helping to keep our schools safe by monitoring your child’s health and keeping them home when they are sick.  As a reminder, each week CCPS sends a self-screening email for parents to refer to in order to determine if their child should stay home from school. If you notice symptoms, please contact your health care provider.

Parent Communication 9/15/21

The Maryland Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive & Legislative Review held a public hearing today on the regulation passed by the Maryland State Board of Education mandating masks in all public schools. After hearing testimony, the committee voted to require any person inside a school facility to wear a face covering.

Effective tomorrow, Wednesday, September 15, all CCPS students, employees, and visitors will be required to wear a mask when inside our school buildings and facilities in accordance with this law.

The following link provides the full description of the regulation that is now required as it relates to masks:

Microsoft Word - PROPOSED Mask REGULATION_8.26.21.docx (carrollk12.org)

Like last year, principals will work with families and students regarding questions for this requirement. Please contact your child’s school should you have any questions.

 
Parent Communication 8/13/21

Throughout the summer months, planning has been underway for a successful return to full in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year, as well as for academic recovery programming during the year. As we approach the new school year, we feel that it is important to share with parents/guardians the protocols and health and safety measures that will be in place as our students return to school.

In Carroll County, all students will be returning to the classroom in-person five days a week, which is in alignment with the Maryland State Department of Education’s requirement that all school systems in Maryland commit to opening schools five days a week for all students.

While the use of masks in schools remains optional, CCPS encourages anyone who wants to wear a mask to do so.  Please keep in mind that it is a federal requirement that all students wear masks on school buses.

Listed below is a summary of the measures we will have in place to keep our students and employees healthy and safe.

​Screening and Quarantine CCPS will continue to provide a COVID Dashboard on the school system’s website. Here, parents and guardians will be able to find the latest information regarding COVID-positive cases. CCPS will also continue to send weekly messages informing parents and guardians of the latest guidance for self-screening from the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and MSDE.

If a student must quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure, he/she will participate in asynchronous learning through the learning management system (either Schoology or Google Classroom).  Learning resources will be readily available and students will be able to turn in completed work and communicate with their teachers.  In addition, each school will have staff dedicated to supporting students in quarantine.  These staff will be available to speak with students and families during the school day, and coordinate any needed academic or social-emotional support.

​Building Space  ​Last school year, CCPS provided commercial air purifiers to schools for all student instructional spaces and some designated office areas. These air purifiers will remain in use. In addition, school health suites will continue to have industrial air filtration units in operation and Plexiglas barriers will continue to be provided in high volume reception areas. To the extent practicable, schools have the flexibility to arrange layouts and schedules to space students where possible.
​Personal Protective Equipment ​Per Governor Hogan’s termination of the Executive Order Requiring Use of Face Coverings in Certain Circumstances, masks became optional for employees, students, and visitors in CCPS effective July 1, 2021. CCPS will continue to provide hand sanitizer and soap for schools as we did last year. CCPS maintains quantities of PPE including gloves, gowns and face shields. CCPS will also provide a supply of masks, including kn95 masks to any student or staff who requests them.
​Cleaning and Disinfecting ​CCPS will clean schools and facilities daily. Particular attention will be paid to high touch areas and surfaces. CCPS maintains supplies of approved disinfectant in each school and facility. Each school also has disinfecting mister machines that will be used to respond to areas of exposure.
​Pupil Transportation ​With a return to full in-person learning in the 2021-22 school year, CCPS will return to traditional full service. To the extent possible based on ridership, drivers may space students on the bus. When possible, windows and roof hatches will be opened to increase ventilation. As with last year, CCPS will provide disinfectant products and spray bottles to contractors for the driver and attendant to disinfect the high touch areas on the bus as appropriate. Based on a federal order being enforced by MSDE, masks are required on school buses for students, drivers, and assistants. Under the federal order, the mask requirement does not apply to children under 2 years of age, or a person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask.
Food Services ​All students will have access to a free breakfast and a free lunch during the instructional day.
​Identifying Close Contacts ​In order to support contact tracing efforts of the Carroll County Health Department, CCPS will continue to identify close contacts of students or staff members who meet the criteria for COVID-19 exposure, such as testing positive for COVID-19 or identifying as COVID-19 probable.
​Testing Center ​This year, CCPS will be operating a COVID-19 testing center on the property of Westminster High School to provide free COVID-19 tests for students and staff who develop COVID-like symptoms or are identified as close contacts while they are in school.
​ ​If you would like to view the Board of Education’s approved CCPS Recovery and Return-to-Learning Plan, please click here.
 
As we begin the school year, you will be receiving additional information regarding these health and safety measures as well as other information and updates from your child’s school. We will continually monitor ongoing conditions and provide you any updates or changes to the protocols outlined above.
 
We are excited to welcome all of our students back to school and look forward to a successful school year.

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