COVID Outbreaks At Baltimore-Area Schools Raises Concerns For Parents – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – As schools across Maryland deal with growing COVID-19 cases and outbreaks, it’s heightening concern for parents.

In Baltimore County from May 7 to 13, 23 schools reported an outbreak among students and staff. Now, Fort Garrison Elementary School in Pikesville is experiencing an incident.

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WJZ received a letter to families from Fort Garrison School Principal Dr. Hope Baier, who said 5% of the school’s students and staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

Alissa Abramson-Densky, a third-grade daughter with asthma, said: “I felt very unsafe sending her to school.

Abramson-Densky is hoping the school will bring the assignment back, but said she has been told neither the school nor the district will do so.

In Baier’s letter, the school sent home COVID-19 testing kits to each child, and the Office of Health Services is “strongly encouraging” students and staff to wear masks but not travel far. required level.

A first-grade mother, Lisa Zajdel, whose son also attends Fort Garrison Elementary, said the decision to wear a mask would be up to the parents.

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She said the masks had an adverse effect on her son, Bradley, who told WJZ he had trouble breathing while wearing the mask at school and was relieved to see the teacher’s face for the first time when they were can take them off.

But the outbreaks aren’t just happening in Baltimore County. Last week, a sixth-grade classroom returned to virtual learning at Roland Park Middle School in Baltimore City after 30 students tested positive from an indoor event off campus.

Classes have returned to face-to-face learning.

“There are a lot of children in exposed schools. . . Aaron Milstone, Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

But with the FDA allowing the vaccine to be given to children on Tuesday, Milstone said that could mean fewer outbreaks in the future.

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“Hopefully that booster will help boost the kids’ immunity to help protect them. . . and we also hope that it will reduce the risk that some children will spread the virus to others,” said Milstone. COVID Outbreaks At Baltimore-Area Schools Raises Concerns For Parents – CBS Baltimore

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