UPDATE: Mar. 14, 2020 – MECHANICSVILLE, Md. – At a meeting this morning, Dr. Meenakshi Brewster who serves as the St. Mary’s County Health Officer, confirmed what many Margaret Brent Middle School (MBMS) community members found out through email yesterday. The St. Mary’s County Health Department had recently conducted an evaluation of exposure risk including lab testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) of those individuals concerned. All lab tests conducted as part of this evaluation were negative for COVID-19.
“We conducted an evaluation of that risk of exposure and felt it prudent at the time to work with the schools in closing [MBMS] a day earlier than all the other schools,” Brewster explained.
The email which was sent out also included the reminder: “Community members should continue to practice infection prevention and social distancing measures as described on the health department’s website at: www.smchd.org/coronavirus“
There are still currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s County.
MECHANICSVILLE, Md. – March 12, 2020 – As the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) grows in our area, SMCPS and the St. Mary’s County Health Department are working closely with local, state, and federal agencies to monitor the situation. SMCPS remains committed to providing all families, staff, and students with updated, accurate information regarding the impact on our school operations.
- Margaret Brent Middle School will be closed to all staff and students on Friday, March 13, 2020.
- Update: Margaret Brent Middle School alerted parents via phone call with the following notice: “Good evening this is Mrs. Edwards the principle of Margaret Brent middle school with a very important message for the Margaret Brent community. Multiple members of our school community are being evaluated for potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. Which is the virus that causes COVID-19. Out of abundance of caution we will be closing Margaret Brent Middle School to all staff and students tomorrow March 13, 2020. This is not a confirmed positive exposure to the virus but we are taking every precaution to prevent the possible exposure and or spread of the virus, as a further precaution we will begin immediate mitigation efforts for the school building to include extensive cleaning. Again I want to stressed there is no confirmed positive exposure. We simply want to ensure our students and staff and community that we are doing everything possible for the safety and will being of the entire MBMS community. As always I thank you for your continued support. The Superintendent Dr. Smith will be sending an additional message that will to go out to out to all of st. Mary’s county Public schools staff and family later this evening with additional information about school closures. Thank you and I appreciate your time and consideration in this matter. Have a good evening.”
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon announced that all Maryland public schools will be closed for two weeks, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, and will plan to reopen Monday, March 30, 2020.
Schools will be in session on Friday, March 13, 2020, to allow students and staff to prepare for the time away from the school. Friday’s school events, field trips, and all after-school activities are cancelled for March 13.