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Health Updates | Baltimore City Public School System
Baltimore City Health Department | Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Baltimore City Health Department: Coronavirus Fact Sheet 2/27/20 | English
Baltimore City Health Department: Coronavirus Fact Sheet 2/27/20 | Spanish

Message from the Executive Director

As you’ve likely heard, Governor Larry Hogan has issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency after the first three positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Maryland. Our schools, and our whole organization, continue to take proactive steps to address readiness and responsiveness in regards to coronavirus. You will notice new, additional hand sanitizer dispensers and signage reminding everyone to wash their hands all around our campuses. Our cleaning crew continues to be extra vigilant in making sure all bathrooms remain clean and soap/paper towel dispensers are refilled. Teachers are talking to students about the importance of hand-washing, which is the best defense against the spread of coronavirus.

As always, if your child is sick, please keep your child at home until they are fever free, without having taken any medicine for 24 hours. Scheduled activities at our schools will continue until a change is deemed necessary by local and state health professionals.

Please continue to check for emails from the school and the district, visit the ABI website and the City Schools website, and check our school Facebook pages for more updates. 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are writing to you with an update about the coronavirus and our efforts to ensure the health and safety of all students in our buildings at Tunbridge and The Belair-Edison School (Brendan and Brehms Campuses). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that the risk to the general American public remains low. Furthermore, no cases have been confirmed in Maryland. With that said, we want to let you know about precautions we are taking in our schools and remind our families of best practices when it comes to the spread of germs.

In our schools:

  • We have a dedicated cleaning crew that cleans all rooms in all buildings each night. We’ll be taking extra action to be sure soap dispensers, paper towels, and hand sanitizer dispensers are refilled and readily available in our bathrooms. We will also be installing additional hand sanitizer dispensers around our buildings. We are closely monitoring classroom attendance and if we see multiple students absent for health-related reasons, we'll take action to clean that room with special care. Please email the school if your student is out sick and with any symptoms they are experiencing.
  • We’ll be providing extra disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and tissues to all our classroom teachers. 
  • Reminders about hand washing and containing the spread of germs are currently in place around all campuses. We’ll be adding additional signage.
  • Baltimore City Public Schools will be sending home a fact sheet to all students, so keep an eye out for that in students’ backpacks. 
  • Check your email, our website and our school Facebook pages where we will share helpful information.

The Belair-Edison School | Brendan Campus
The Belair-Edison School | Brehms Campus
Tunbridge Public Charter School

Preventing infection:

  • As a best practice for overall health in cold and influenza season, the CDC recommends that individuals receive the influenza vaccination and engage in everyday, preventive measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, such as:
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Take any anti-viral medication prescribed to you as instructed.

Helpful links:

CDC website

NPR “How to Prepare at Home for a Potential Coronavirus Outbreak in the US

Baltimore City Health Department

Please reach out with any questions or concerns. We will continue to communicate with our families as we receive updated information from the district, the city, and the CDC.


Will McKenna
Executive Director
Afya Baltimore Inc. (ABI)