Germantown Academy student tested presumptive positive – three other students in self-quarantine

Germantown Academy in Fort Washington sent an email this morning to its families that reported that an Upper School student has tested presumptive positive for Coronavirus. The student is related to the adult in Lower Gwynedd who previously tested presumptive positive (the adult isn’t a teacher or staff, but a parent of a student). When the adult’s condition was determined Germantown Academy announced that it was going to closing for three days and then utilizing its virtual learning program for a few days until spring break on March 17th.

Three other Germantown Academy students who visited the home of the student last week are now self-quarantining for two weeks.

Below is a portion of the email sent to parents of Germantown Academy:

I have promised to keep you updated with any pertinent news regarding COVID-19 at Germantown Academy. As reported earlier, the family member of a GA student tested presumptive positive for the virus. I have just been informed that the student, a member of our Upper School, has also tested positive. The student remains in self-quarantine at home. While our campus is interconnected with common spaces open to all students, the student who tested positive does not have any siblings at the school, does not currently participate in physical education or athletics, and does not use the bus system for commuting to school.

I also learned that three other Upper School students who visited that student’s house last week are in self-quarantine for a minimum of two weeks, at the direction of the Montgomery County Department of Health. These students are currently asymptomatic and will not be tested unless they begin to experience symptoms.

I implore you to follow the previously shared CDC recommendations regarding COVID-19. Should you, your child, or a family member exhibit symptoms of the virus please self-quarantine and consult with and follow the advice of your healthcare provider and public health officials. If you begin to exhibit multiple symptoms you may also call the Montgomery County Department of Health to inquire about testing at 610-278-5117. If there is a positive test for COVID-19, please contact me directly.

GA will proceed as announced with our closure and with the launch of Virtual GA on Thursday, March 12. Our complete disinfection of the school’s buildings continues. All campus events are canceled through spring break. We will update you on any other news as we have it.

We will provide an update as necessary.