Wootton, Robert Frost Principals: School Community Not at Risk for Coronavirus

Thomas S. Wootton High School Principal Kimberly Bolden and Robert Frost Middle School Principal Joey Jones sent school-wide emails stating that individuals from their community attended an event at The Village at Rockville days after a coronavirus patient attended an event at The Village on Friday, Feb.28. Despite this, both principals have stated that the individuals who attended the event at The Village were not at risk of contracting the virus.

Both schools are less than a mile away from The Village.

Maryland public health officials urged anyone who attended the same event at The Village to watch out for symptoms and contact the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. According to the statement, MCPS spoke with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services who stated that the individuals that attended an event at the same place days after were not at risk of contracting the virus.

Both principals also urged families to continue to stay “vigilant” with their health and follow CDC guidelines and practices.


Full Statement from Principals Bolden and Jones:

I have heard from several parents seeking information about the cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our county. As MCPS shared in a letter on March 5, 2020, the first three cases of COVID-19 were identified in the state of Maryland, and that the patients reside in Montgomery County. Last night, Maryland public health officials shared that one of the individuals who tested positive attended an event at The Village, a retirement home in Rockville, between noon and 6 p.m. on Friday, February 28. Health officials have asked that people who attended this specific event should monitor for symptoms and contact Maryland Emergency Management Agency call center at 410-517-3720. Please read the County release for more information.

MCPS leadership spoke directly with officials from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and they have shared that individuals from our school community who visited the facility days after the Feb. 28 event are not at risk of contracting the virus.

While there is no specific concern for these students, all of our families should remain vigilant with their health and follow the CDC guidelines and best practices. More information about COVID-19, including the CDC guidelines, is available on the MCPS coronavirus webpage.

Ensuring a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students is paramount. Have a great weekend.

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