MCPS is making changes to the COVID-19 contact tracing process in schools to align with recommendations from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.
Based on advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maryland Department of Health, universal contact tracing is no longer required in schools and child care programs.
As the virus continues to affect people in the community and across the country, this change is possible because of the important work we have all undertaken to follow health guidelines, including vaccinations, which mitigate and minimize the spread of the virus. COVID-19.
As of Thursday, May 2:
- MCPS will no longer individually identify or notify individuals who are in close contact with students or staff who test positive for COVID-19.
- Messages will be sent at the class, year or school level, as appropriate, to notify the community of positive cases in individual schools.
- Daily cases by school will continue to be reported on the COVID-19 dashboard.
MCPS will continue to work collaboratively with county health partners, and in the event of an identified COVID-19 outbreak, the district will conduct contact tracing and notify the school community of additional mitigation strategies, which may include wearing masks and PCR or on-site or home testing. MCPS will monitor the number of cases and our strategy to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and communities.