Montgomery County Public Schools to halt COVID contact tracing
The school district noted that by following health guidelines and taking vaccinations, it has mitigated and minimized the spread of COVID-19.
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Montgomery County Public Schools will no longer be tracing contacts for the COVID-19 virus, according to a letter sent by MCPS.
In the letter, MCPS says the school district made the decision based on advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health.
Starting May 5, the school district says it will no longer identify or notify those in close contact with people who test positive for COVID-19. Additionally, MCPS adds that there will be class-level, grade-level, or school-level notifications to let people know if there are positive cases among individual schools.
However, if there is an “identified outbreak” as described by MCPS in its letter, they will provide contact tracing and notify the community of “additional mitigation strategies.”
The school district noted that by following health guidelines and taking vaccinations, it has mitigated and minimized the spread of COVID-19. They also attribute this to another factor that was taken into consideration in abandoning contact tracing practices.
Despite the removal of contact tracing, MCPS says they will still provide daily reports of positive COVID-19 cases for each school.
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