The Howard County Health Department (HCHD) treats positive cases in the prekindergarten program as it would a daycare, closing the affected classrooms for a minimum of 14 days. In addition, if a student exhibits COVID-like illness (CLI), the classroom would also close until the student is tested for COVID-19 or evaluated by a medical professional for an alternative diagnosis. If the COVID-19 test is negative or there was an alternative diagnosis, then the classroom may reopen and the student with CLI may return to school when they no longer exhibit symptoms of a communicable disease.
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.