Germantown Academy to temporarily close due to a student’s family member having a presumptive positive test result for Coronavirus

A student at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington is related to one of the two Montgomery County residents who have had a presumptive positive test result for Coronavirus. Due to this, Germantown Academy has announced that it will close for three days and then operate virtually for a few days prior to its spring break starting on March 17th.

Below is a portion of the statement from Germantown Academy:

As you may have heard, two residents of Montgomery County were declared presumptive positive for COVID-19 this weekend. Unfortunately, one of these residents is the family member of a Germantown Academy student. While that family member is experiencing only mild, cold-like symptoms, and while the GA student has no symptoms, the student will self-quarantine at home for at least two weeks. The family member has not been on GA’s campus, but the student was in attendance through Friday, March 6.

Though the Montgomery County Department of Public Health has advised us that there is no concern for anyone else right now, we are a large community with people of all ages and conditions and caring for them must be our priority. We are taking proactive measures to protect the health of our students, teachers, staff and those who use our facilities. We have decided to close school on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week and to begin operating Virtual GA for grades PreK-12 effective Thursday, March 12 through the end of day Tuesday, March 17, after which we will commence Spring Break (Virtual GA in session: Thursday, March 12; Friday, March 13; Monday, March 16; Tuesday, March 17). Beginning Monday, March 9 and continuing through spring break, GA will undertake a thorough deep cleaning of all interior spaces just to be safe so that when students return to school everything will have been disinfected.

We will provide an update as necessary.