How are cases of COVID-19 handled when they occur in a prekindergarten classroom?

The Howard County Health Department (HCHD) treats positive cases in the prekindergarten program as it would a daycare setting, closing the affected classrooms for a minimum of 14 days. In addition, if a student exhibits COVID-like illness (CLI) the student will be excluded.  

When there is a positive case in a pre-K classroom, HCHD is in contact with parents/guardians of all quarantining students for contact tracing. Parents/guardians are encouraged to answer the phone if contacted, or call the Health Department back as quickly as possible. If you are contacted by a contact tracer, they will provide information about the viral progression and offer guidance about quarantining.