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Sisters sent home from Baltimore private school over possible coronavirus exposure

Posted at 11:09 AM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 14:57:54-05

BALTIMORE — Three sisters at an all girls Jewish school in Baltimore have been sent home and are being monitored by the State Health Department over possible exposure to the coronavirus.

In a letter sent out to parents and staff at Bnos Yisroel, the sisters had indirect contact with someone in New York who tested positive for the virus.

The school sent out text messages Wednesday to the school community.

The original message read:

"Dear Parents and Staff: We have been made aware of possible indirect contact between three of our students (sisters) and someone who tested positive for the Coronavirus in New York. We have been in touch with the Baltimore City Health Department, the CDC, the Department of Health and Local Rabbanim. Per their recommendations, the three students were sent home earlier today. We are formulating a plan of action and will communicate it in writing later tonight. We are currently in the process of disinfecting the school as a precautionary measure."

Based off advice from local and State Health Department's, the sisters are being kept away from school until cleared. The school is currently being disinfected as a precaution, but will remain open.

One parent who spoke to WMAR 2 News said she has confidence in the school administration and sympathizes with the family impacted.

“My daughters are friends with the girls,” said Sara Lefkowitz. “They were busy last night worrying if they should text them or not. They didn’t want to intrude but everyone wants the family to know we’re thinking of them.”

The school held an assembly addressing the issue for grades 9 through 12 about the situation.

“What I love about the school is how they’re communicating with the girls and the girls are communicating with them,” said Lefkowitz. “Because of this I don’t think there’s any real fear as a parent.”

Health officials have advised the family of the students impacted to self-quarantine. In the meantime, school officials are urging everyone to continue proper hand washing, and keeping sick children home from school.