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Community Public Health Update, March 8

Dear Duke School Community,

Yesterday we learned that a student tested positive on Sunday, March 7, for COVID-19. The student is experiencing mild symptoms and is currently remaining at home, following the guidance of medical professionals. The family has shared that the student is improving. The student also has a sibling in Lower School. Family members and the sibling are awaiting test results, remain asymptomatic, and the sibling is quarantining.


As a result of the diagnosis of the student, following the guidance of the Durham County Public Health Department and consistent with our Duke School Return to School Policies 2020-21we are requiring teachers and students in the diagnosed child’s pod to quarantine and operate in distance learning mode for 10 days, from March 5 to March 15. Please note that the teachers and parents of students in the child’s pod have already been notified.

The sibling’s pod does not have to quarantine at this time, per our Duke School Return to School Policies 2020-21. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide additional information as it becomes available.

I understand that, having received no communications of this nature to date, this news may be disconcerting. We remain fully committed to enforcing our risk mitigation measures, relying on the guidance of public health experts and our CAG and making decisions with everyone’s health and safety as our top priority. As a reminder, we have multiple, overlapping risk mitigation measures in place at Duke School to greatly reduce the likelihood of transmission at school. All spaces occupied by the community member have been closed and have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected according to CDC guidelines. We remind everyone to be vigilant about avoiding potential exposures and to practice mask wearing, social distancing and hand/face hygiene.

I know we are all holding the student in good thoughts with wishes for a speedy recovery. We are grateful for your continued support and partnership. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or Russell Rabinowitz with your questions.

Sincerely,

Lisa Nagel

Head of School

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