Community Public Health Update, March 9

Dear Duke School Community,

The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priority. This letter is to inform you that this afternoon we learned that a Lower School student tested positive today for COVID-19. The student is experiencing mild symptoms and is currently remaining at home, following the guidance of medical professionals. Please note that the case reported today is unrelated to the case reported yesterday.

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 2020-21 we 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.

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.


Lisa Nagel

Head of School

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