School Exceptionally Cautious Following Nighttime Notification Of Infected Child
UPDATE 2:06 PM: While several parents are using the word “quarantine” when contacting us, the school tells us the “stay at home” order was really just to have affected areas ready for kids and faculty to return. It’s easier to clean when no one is there. While students directly affected by potential COVID-19 may be — or are being — asked to quarantine, the entire school is not being quarantined. We appreciate the clarification from the school and we appreciate that many parents are using words interchangeably during these unprecedented times.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton took the extraordinary measure of requiring all middle school students to stay home today (Thursday) after the school learned of a child testing positive Wednesday evening.
School spokesman Carlos Barroso responded immediately to BocaNewsNow.com once parents called our news line to report the closure. The school was completely transparent with the positive COVID-19 test and its reaction.
We are publishing the message sent to parents as an example of how private schools are responding to COVID-19 infection reports.
Dear Saint Andrew’s School Families,
At Saint Andrew’s School, we are committed to being as transparent as possible with our community regarding positive COVID-19 cases and potential exposures on our campus.
We write to inform you that late this evening we received confirmation that a grade 8 Middle School student has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual will isolate according to the school’s protocols, which are based on CDC and the PBC Department of Health guidelines.
We thank the parents of the student for their immediate communication of the news to the school but, due to a nighttime notification, and in order to sufficiently and appropriately contact trace, we are requiring all Middle School students to participate in SA@Home on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Lower and Upper School divisions will operate in-person as normally scheduled.
The Saint Andrew’s Contact Tracing Team will continue its work to determine if there are any close contacts of the positive individual. In collaboration with the PBC Department of Health, anyone identified as a close contact (defined as being within a 6-foot distance for more than 15 cumulative minutes in the previous 48 hrs, or direct physical contact) will be instructed to quarantine according to the school’s protocols. If you are not personally informed, you or your child have not been identified as a close contact.
The school is following CDC guidelines to sanitize and disinfect all Middle School classrooms. We have reported the positive case to the Palm Beach County Department of Health and will follow any instructions they provide.
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