Dear Duke School Families,
We were informed late yesterday that a Lower School student, who was last on campus on Thursday, December 3, has tested positive for COVID-19. The child was tested on the basis of an exposure outside of school and results were returned on December 10. The child was and remains asymptomatic. Following our protocols, we are in contact with the Durham County Public Health Department. After consulting with members of the CAG, we believe this incidence does not pose an exposure risk to the community.
The family has followed all protocols and plans to have the child continue to quarantine at home through the end of next week, December 18.
At this time, given the timeline of the case, lack of symptoms, and adherence to protocols maintained on campus, no one at Duke School has been identified as a potential close contact. This letter is being shared to raise awareness. There is no change in status of school attendance at this time for students or faculty/staff. Please know that Duke School continues to monitor the situation and will provide additional information as needed.
As I have shared previously, our ability to continue on-campus learning depends on the overlapping protective protocols we ALL maintain. Most important are wearing masks, washing hands, maintaining social distance and staying home when sick.
In the interests of the health and safety of our community, all Duke School students, faculty and staff are encouraged to continue to adhere to local orders, as applicable, follow CDC guidelines and recommendations, and practice social distancing. We also request that you review the Duke School Return to School Policies 2020-21 if you have questions related to our procedures during this time.
Head of School