City Schools sees first confirmed case of COVID-19

(BALTIMORE — March 30, 2020) – The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) informed City Schools late last week that a staff member at The Historic Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School recently tested positive for COVID-19 during the school building closure period. Based on an investigation by BCHD when the individual began to show symptoms, the employee contracted the virus three days after schools were closed.

The employee has not been at the school during the closure period, including in recent days when the school building has been used to distribute learning packets and emergency meals. Out of respect for the employee’s confidentiality, we cannot release any personal information.

City Schools continues to take proper steps to ensure all buildings, including Cherry Hill, are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized for use both now and when students return. We are following all recommended guidance from BCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including best practices for cleaning, hygiene, and social distancing.

For more information, please visit our Health Updates webpage at www.baltimorecityschools.org/health-updates

About City Schools:

Serving 80,000 students, Baltimore City Public Schools is committed to providing a world-class education through the Blueprint for Success which addresses the critical areas of student wholeness, literacy, and staff leadership. The goal of City Schools is to create learning communities where our students will learn, grow and graduate from our high schools college and career ready, and equipped to succeed wherever their life may take them.