Greensboro Elementary School closes after COVID results

Principal Dawn Swann

DENTON — Greensboro Elementary School will be closed to students and most staff for a two-week period, Oct. 19-30, an announcement from Caroline County Public Schools said Sunday. Principal Dawn Swann said in a letter to parents, “This is being done in an effort to reduce the opportunity for spread of the virus, and because the number of staff in quarantine means we cannot safely staff the building.”

During the week ending Oct. 14, Greensboro Elementary School had two staff members test positive for COVID-19. Over the weekend, six additional staff members received positive COVID-19 test results.

Superintendent Patty Saelens said, “We have made this difficult decision in an effort to reduce the opportunity for spread of the virus, and because the number of people in quarantine means we cannot safely staff the building.

While bringing students back for in-person learning is vitally important, it cannot come at the expense of ensuring a healthy and safe environment.”
In an email to families Sunday, Principal Dawn Swann wrote, “I certainly understand the level of anxiety that receiving this message is going to cause for all of you, and I truly wish I didn’t have to send it. However, the safety and health of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure the safest environment possible.”

All students will continue instruction with their teachers through distance learning. CCPS Kajeet Smartspots have been provided to students without connectivity at home. If the device does not enable a connection, the student will be provided a paper packet of materials by the school.
Information regarding protocol for suspected and positive COVID-19 cases and a weekly positive case report are shared on the Positive Case Report webpage.


Helpful Coronavirus links

Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage

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