How is contact tracing being conducted when students eat in classrooms?

There are instances in elementary schools where students eat breakfast in their classroom and are not wearing masks. If a student tests positive for COVID, contact tracers will reach out to the student and their family to identify others who may be identified as a close contact. Contact tracers also may reach out to the teacher or other staff member if they are not able to accurately identify close contacts from the student and family.

Contact tracing is handled by the Howard County Health Department (HCHD), with support from and in coordination with the HCPSS Office of Health Services.