Pasadena, MD (Arundel.News & AAFA)- Families and staff at Chesapeake High School are awaiting notifications from Anne Arundel County Public Schools about what the next two weeks of learning will look like. A letter from AACPS sent Wednesday 9/29 advises families that the county health department is working with AACPS to determine which students were exposed to classes that have "outbreaks". According to the letter, more than 25 students have tested positive at the high school. 

"As such, all non-vaccinated students and staff in classes in which two or more of the students are enrolled as well as any other non-vaccinated students or staff who are determined to be close contacts must quarantine for 10 days from the date of their last exposure to a COVID-positive student."

A CHS parent who contacted the school for clarification on the policy tells Arundel.News: 

"When I called to inquire why are they only wanting to quarantine the unvaccinated and not all who are effected I was told the kids who are vaccinated can come to school but will remain in mask all day per normal but they would keep their mask on during gym and have lunch separate. They have yet to contact me if he's been exposed. "

The parent declined to have her name published due to health privacy concerns for her minor child. Another mother of four, who contacted Arundel.News asking for more information, summed up how many families are reacting to the news that a switch to virtual learning could soon be in their future. She also wished to keep her identity private.

"I will go into depression if we go virtual. Running these kids is hard but I can’t do that $- - -  again."

Families are being told to monitor for symptoms of the virus and not to participate in school activities if they are exhibiting any of the following:

"As a general practice, families should regularly monitor their students closely for any symptoms of COVID-19. Per the Maryland Department of Health and the Maryland State Department of Education, those symptoms are any one of the following:
  • fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • new onset of severe headache (especially with fever)
  • new loss of taste or smell
Anyone developing any of those symptoms should not take part in any school-related activity, should consult a family physician, and should be tested for COVID-19. A list of testing sites operated by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health can be found here. Other testing sites are available throughout the county."

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