Friday morning, families and faculty at Maury Elementary School (1250 Constitution Ave. NE) received a notice informing them that a student had tested positive for COVID-19, NBC reporter Mark Segraves tweeted Monday morning.
Data provided on the DC Coronavirus websites indicates the student is an 8-year-old male. He is the first known minor to test positive for the virus.
The letter, signed by DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee, said that faculty and families would not need to be tested or to undergo voluntarily quarantine. It passed along the DC Health recommendation that all District residents monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Those experiencing such symptoms should remain at home and contact their primary health care provider.
“DCPS will continue to implement enhanced cleaning protocols and monitor the situation closely with DC Health and other District agencies,” the letter said.
Asked about the recommendations against testing and quarantine, a spokesperson for DCPS said that DC Health conducts a risk assessment through their contact tracing process to determine what next steps are needed for any given individual or community that may have come into contact with a confirmed case.
“In this case, the risk exposure for any Maury student or staff member is considered low and there is no immediate risk in the building,” the spokesperson said, adding that due to privacy protections, DCPS could not confirm specific details on the student.
This story has been updated to include a response from DCPS on the letter’s recommendations against testing and quarantine.
For District updates on coronavirus, visit coronavirus.dc.gov
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