October 22, 2020

Dear Villa Community,

After having been in the Toddler II classroom for a couple of hours this morning, a staff member received news that her sibling had tested positive for COVID-19. That staff member immediately left school and went for testing. She received a positive test result as well. She was not exhibiting symptoms while in the classroom. 
As of right now, everyone in the classroom is considered a close contact. We have closed the classroom and have contacted Maricopa County Department of Public Health. We have not yet heard back from them. Unless we hear otherwise from MCDPH, the classroom will remain closed for 14 days to allow staff and students to quarantine for the required number of days. The infant/toddler staff wear face coverings as well as face shields which minimizes the exposure of the virus to these young children who cannot practice social distancing. We are hoping that may have some bearing on this situation. We will keep you updated.
A question has been raised as to whether or not an individual considered a close contact who receives a negative test result can shorten/bypass the quarantine time. The answer is no because the virus has a 14 day incubation period which means someone could test negative on day 2 of quarantine, for example, and yet test positive on any day up to the 14 days.
Here are two flow charts from the MCDPH website that may be helpful.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

In good health,

Margo S. O’Neill, M.Ed.
Head of School
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