Montgomery County schools modify COVID-19 contact tracing protocol

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Parents in Montgomery County, Maryland should expect changes in how COVID-19 cases are tracked in classrooms.

Parents in Montgomery County, Maryland should expect changes in how COVID-19 cases are tracked in classrooms.

Universal contact tracing will no longer occur in district schools and child care programs.



Montgomery County Public Schools said beginning May 2, anyone who comes in close contact with a positive case will not be individually identified or notified.

Instead, messages will be sent at the class, year, or school level to inform the community.

Headteachers have said that in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak, contact tracing will take place and they will continue to monitor cases to keep the community safe.

The decision was made based on advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health.

Parents can track daily cases on the school system’s COVID-19 dashboard website.

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