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Anne Arundel County school employee tests positive for the coronavirus, according to school system letter

Anne Arundel County Public School confirmed a case of the coronavirus on Thursday and sent a letter to employees who may need to contact the county health department.

The school system employee had visited Brooklyn Park Middle School earlier this week and was diagnosed with the virus, the letter states.

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Earlier this month, two county school system employees tested positive for the coronavirus. They were working at the Millersville supply warehouse and the school system also sent out a letter to employees who should contact the health department because of that case.

This week the school officials and the Anne Arundel Board of Education discussed the reopening plan at the same time a rally of teachers, parents and other officials openly criticized the hybrid plan.

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Some employees said they felt forced to return to classrooms under a plan that does not properly address their concerns about reducing the risk of spreading the virus.

Employees who receive the letter is part of an “abundance of caution” said school spokesperson Bob Mosier. As part of the protocol, the system sends out information to employees who may have been in contact with someone who has the coronavirus and not just close contact, he said. But he added this is not an example that schools are unsafe.

“The fact that any single employee has been diagnosed COVID positive is not an indicator or an indication of the cleanliness of whatever work location that employee has,” Mosier said.

“We’ve very serious about our cleaning protocols, and we will continue to do that.”

The school system posted guidelines on what it will undergo if there is a confirmed case of the virus, as part of the overall hybrid plan.

If a student or employee shows symptoms of the virus during the school day the school will then isolate the student in a designated area, notify parents and ask for the child to be picked up and clean areas the student made physical contact as well as provide additional advice given by the health department.

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