Denton Dolphin News

October 30, 2021

Covid Guidelines Revised

Beginning Monday, October 18, CCPS will be following a modified process for quarantining unvaccinated students identified as close contacts of a positive case of COVID-19. Based on updated guidance from the Caroline County Health Department (CCHD), quarantining protocols will be as follows:

With masking:

In settings where all students are masked, an asymptomatic student who is identified as a close contact will no longer need to quarantine from school as long as the following conditions are met:

  • If at any time the student develops symptoms of COVID-19, he or she should isolate and get tested right away.

  • The student must continue to wear a mask properly for 14 days after the exposure in all settings.

  • The student cannot participate in activities within a school or public setting for 14 days where universal masking and social distancing are not in place. This includes sports and extracurricular activities.

  • Testing is recommended 5-7 days following the exposure.

Parents will be notified by email only if their child is identified as a close contact while masked. Parents should ensure their email address is current with the school, and check their email regularly.

Please check with the school nurse if you are unsure about the conditions of your child’s quarantine.

If parents choose to keep an asymptomatic child home to quarantine, they should notify the school and the absence will be excused until a specified return date.

Without masking:

Students who are identified as close contacts while not wearing a mask (such as during meals) will continue to be quarantined. Students currently quarantined under these conditions (no masks) must remain quarantined as directed. Please check with the school nurse if you are unsure about the conditions of your child’s quarantine.

Parents will be notified by phone, followed by a letter in the mail. There are two options for quarantined students:

  • Option A: Quarantine at home for 10 days from the last date of known exposure. Your child can return as long as they remain without symptoms.

  • Option B: Quarantine at home for 7 days from the last date of known exposure with testing on or after day 5 from exposure. Your child can return to school on day 8 with a negative PCR test result.

For more details, please see the CCPS News Release.

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Meal Benefits Forms

If you have not submitted your meal benefits form, please do so as soon as possible. The CCPS webpage has linked all about the benefits for completing the form at

Information from P-EBT can be found here:

Contact Mrs. Gorsuch if you need any assistance with your form.

Upcoming Dates

November 2: Make-up Picture Day

November 5: Early dismissal and end of Term 1

November 6: PTA Meeting at 6:00 PM

November 11-12: No school for PreK; Conference day for PreK Only

November 12: No school; Conference day for PreK-5

November 12: Turn in all money and tickets for PTA Food Raffle

November 16: Report cards home

November 24-28: Thanksgiving break

COVID-19 Testing Available Once a Week in All CCPS Schools

Voluntary COVID-19 testing will be available one day a week in all schools, beginning the week

of November 8, 2021.

CCPS has contracted with 20/20 GeneSystems in Rockville, Maryland to provide this service.

Registration is required prior to participation in the testing program. Parents will be able to

register students online with a one-time enrollment, which grants permission for once a week

testing for the remainder of the school year.

Testing schedule:

• Mondays beginning Nov. 8 - Federalsburg and Preston Elementary Schools, Colonel

Richardson Middle and Colonel Richardson High Schools

• Wednesdays beginning Nov. 10 - Denton, Greensboro and Ridgely Elementary Schools,

Lockerman Middle and North Caroline High Schools

20/20 GeneSystems has developed a Frequently Asked Questions sheet for parents which

includes information about the registration process.

Denton Elementary is a Title I School

Vision of Excellence:

The Denton Elementary School family will promote

our core values of supporting a challenging curriculum,

honoring individuality, and working collaboratively.

S: Stay Safe

W: Work Hard

I: Include Everyone

M: Make Responsible Choices