Delmar Elementary staff test positive for COVID-19, switching to virtual learning
WICOMICO CO., Md. – Wicomico County Public Schools announced on Sunday evening that Delmar Elementary School is immediately shifting to virtual learning after three staff tested positive for COVID-19.
Officials say the Wicomico County Health Department has been notified and the school is moving to virtual learning for the next two weeks as a health and safety precaution. Families and staff were told about the situation in a call from the school principal on Sunday afternoon. This means instruction will be virtual starting Monday, November 16 and in-person instruction is expected to resume Monday, November 30.
“As soon as Wicomico Schools became aware of the positive cases, School Health Services followed established protocols and reported the cases to the Health Department, which monitors COVID-19 case numbers. Contact tracing was immediately conducted.”
Wicomico Schools says it has already started informing known close contacts of the COVID-19 positive persons of their possible exposure during close contact (within six feet) for a total of 15 minutes or more within each 24-hour period, starting from two days before the infected person became symptomatic or had a positive COVID-19 test. Close contacts are being informed in a phone call from School Health Services staff, with a letter about specific health protocols to follow.
Recommended health protocols are being followed for those testing positive or showing COVID-19-like symptoms, and for those who had close contact with either person. Extensive cleaning and disinfecting are ongoing in the school building. While the school building is closed, Delmar Elementary will not serve as a meal site, until further notices. Meal bundles may be picked up at any Wicomico school on any school day. The closest school sites to Delmar Elementary are North Salisbury Elementary and Salisbury Middle.
“School system staff and students take a prescreening health questionnaire each day before reporting to a school or worksite. They are required to wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times while in a school or on a school bus, and must maintain physical distancing of 6 feet or more whenever possible. While these measures are designed to minimize the spread of the virus, no method of prevention or protection is guaranteed to be 100% effective.”
The Wicomico County Public School System is now providing weekly updates on the number of COVID-19 cases in schools, on the WCPS COVID-19 Dashboard: wcboe.org/domain/2645.