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Montgomery County schools release new plans to keep kids out of quarantine

Montgomery County schools release new plans to keep kids out of quarantine
After over thousands of students in Montgomery County, Maryland, were sent home to quarantine over coronavirus concerns, the system is introducing new plans to keep more students in the classroom.

More Coronavirus news Sign up for WTOP alerts Sign up for WTOP’s coronavirus email newsletter Latest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and Virginia Latest COVID-19 vaccination numbers in DC, Maryland and Virginia Back-to-school plans in DC, Maryland and Virginia: Where masks are required FAQ: What CDC’s latest guidelines mean for DC region Children’s National in DC nearing capacity amid surge in respiratory illnesses Looking for more information?, Maryland and Virginia are each releasing more data every day.Visit their official sites here: Virginia | Maryland | D.“It’s the one thing that can help us verify — if a student who has symptoms or is presenting symptoms — because they are, quite frankly, impacted by COVID; or is it something else,” McKnight said.

McKnight said another priority under their new plan is to hire a school health officer that will work with the county and state health departments.McKnight said the health officer will, “assess our MCPS COVID-19 data and determine — how we may need to pivot and communicate that to all of our stakeholders, make recommendations and provide guidance around prevention strategies; and also make recommendations around quarantines and contact tracing.

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