School Notes: COVID-19 ‘outbreaks’ at four Montgomery County private schools
Plus: MCPS launches gift card campaign to help families purchase groceries
COVID-19 ‘outbreaks’ at four Montgomery County private schools
Four private schools in Montgomery County have ongoing “outbreaks” of COVID-19, according to the Maryland Department of Health.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac and St. Elizabeth School in Rockville each have two cases of the coronavirus in their schools, according to the state’s online data dashboard.
Bullis School has eight cases and The Heights School has four cases, according to the dashboard. Both schools are in Potomac.
A coronavirus outbreak in a school setting is defined as having at least two confirmed cases among teachers, students or staff in the building in a two-week period that are linked, or cases that have occurred in three separate classrooms within two weeks, according to the website.
No additional information is provided about any of the outbreaks.
Bullis spokeswoman Sharon Kessler said in an interview on Thursday that six of the school’s cases were caught through campuswide testing of students and staff members. Two others were people who tested in other venues. Kessler said contact tracing has shown people who have tested positive contracted the virus outside of school.
The state data are updated every Wednesday.
There were 128 cases associated with outbreaks in 34 Maryland schools as of Wednesday.
MCPS launches gift card campaign to help families purchase groceries
Montgomery County Public Schools, in partnership with the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations, has launched a fundraising campaign to gather gift cards to help families purchase groceries.
Some schools began similar initiatives when the COVID-19 pandemic began in the spring, and the district is now hoping “to take these successful initiatives county-wide,” according to the MCPS website.
The Albert Einstein High School community was one of the first to collect gift cards for its struggling families. Within four days in April, 115 gift cards, worth nearly $6,000, were donated.
Donations for the countywide campaign can be made online. People can direct the donation to a specific school, grade or cluster.
People can also donate by texting the word GIFTCARD to 301-329-2238.