Baltimore County Public Schools [BCPS] reported on Friday that a person associated with Essex Elementary School has recently tested positive for COVID-19.
The community is being alerted because many families were on the school campus on Wednesday, Oct. 7, to pick up Kindergarten bags and to pick up yearbooks.
Everyone who had close contact with the affected individual has been identified, notified, and will remain away from BCPS facilities until they are cleared to return by the Baltimore County Department of Health.
The school building has been cleaned in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols.
BCPS is working with the Baltimore County Department of Health to ensure that recommendations and guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health are in place.
On Friday, Oct. 9, the school system distributed a letter to Essex Elementary School families about the situation, urging students and community members to be diligent in monitoring their health and taking steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission, such as social distancing and wearing face coverings.
This is the second known case of COVID-19 at a BCPS location within a three-day span. It was reported that a Dundalk BCPS meal worker Tested Positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 7.