We are writing to share that Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School has met the criteria determined by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) for a Classroom/Cohort outbreak of COVID-19 defined below:
Classroom/cohort outbreak definition:
When a report of a confirmed case of COVID-19 is received, Monocacy Valley Montessori (MVMS) administrators conduct a case investigation to identify any close contacts of the individual and follow the Maryland State Department of Education and MDH Decision Aid Exclusion and Return for Persons with COVID-19 Symptoms and Close Contacts in Child Care, Schools, and Youth Camps to isolate and quarantine the appropriate individuals.
We collaborate with our FCPS Health Services Specialist and the Frederick County Health Department (FCHD) for reporting and contact tracing of each case. During contact tracing, it was determined that two individuals tested positive for COVID-19 and work in close enough proximity to be considered a cohort. This information was reported to MDH who has determined these cases to meet the criteria of an outbreak of COVID-19.
During our case investigations, any close contacts of the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 were contacted directly and advised to quarantine at home, monitor their health, and to contact their healthcare provider for any health concerns.
While we believe the risk of exposure to others to be low, we are sharing this information out of an abundance of caution and to be transparent with our valued Monocacy Valley Montessori Community. The FCPS Health Specialist in collaboration with the FCHD COVID-19 School Liaison will be reporting COVID-19 case information to MDH every day until the outbreak is determined to be cleared.
Monocacy Valley Montessori will continue to provide in person instruction at this time. MVMS staff follow all health and safety protocols including mitigating strategies during this pandemic. We are following guidance for, use of face coverings, handwashing, and sanitizing and disinfecting all work spaces. The health and safety of our community is our highest priority.
Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School
217 Dill Avenue
Frederick, MD 21701
Principal: Amy Dorman