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Baltimore City Public Schools Temporarily Closes Meal Site, Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

In a statement posted on it website Sunday,  school officials said an employee working at the emergency meal site at Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Effective Monday, May 4, City Schools will temporarily close the facility to follow the district’s Standard Operating Procedure on cleaning and disinfecting school buildings. The district says it will notify the community of the date when the meal site at Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy will reopen.

The employee may have had contact with others. Out of respect for the employee’s confidentiality, but school officials cannot release any personal information. According to the statement online, City Schools places the highest priority on the health, safety, and well-being of our community while working diligently to support the education and social needs of its families. The district is offering the following guidance:

Individuals who may have been in contact with staff working at the Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy emergency meal site should self-monitor for symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath for 2-14 days.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you think you have been exposed to COVID 19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

For students and families seeking meals or learning packets, please visit our Meal Sites webpage for a list of 17 other sites where meals and learning packets will be available.

As the situation continues to change rapidly, the  Baltimore City Public School System will work to keep the public updated regarding this rapidly evolving situation and encourages everyone to  avoid contact with others.