Frequently Asked Questions
The order has three charts based on the size of the school and number of cases. The full order can be found here.
All Lakeside schools are classified as small.
The chart only applies to cases whose onset date is within the past 14 calendar days.
An onset date is defined as 2 days prior to the first COVID symptoms. For asymptomatic cases, the onset is 2 days prior to the date the test was taken.
No. The state order only includes cases where the individual was at school on or after their onset date. This means that many of the cases reported do not apply to the state order.
Common examples include full remote students, cases just after a break (like Thanksgiving), and individuals who became sick while quarantining due to a COVID exposure outside of school.
The most common example is an individual who has symptoms in the morning, does not attend school, and later tests positive. In this scenario, the onset date was while they attended school the two days before their symptoms began.
Lakeside is usually able to complete the case investigation and cleaning the day we are informed of a positive case. Contact tracing is completed by the Montgomery County Department of Health and varies depending on the number of contacts and other cases reported that day. In most instances, the tracing has been completed within 24 hours.
We will communicate as soon as we can to the families and staff of the impacted school. In most cases, the move to remote will only need to occur for a day or two while the contact tracing is completed. Families should have a contingency plan for their children in case remote instruction is required by the order.
Even though the number of cases is increasing in our community, Lakeside has had no (0) incidences of spread within our schools to date. This indicates that our health and safety protocols have worked when followed. Lakeside remains committed to the current academic options and family choice where class space allows.
Please continue to reach out to your school’s Program Director if you have further questions.