Contact Tracing is used by the Department of Public Health to identify individuals exposed to an infectious disease and alert their Close Contacts as defined by the CDC. When used with other public health measures, contact tracing is the key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19.
Woodward is certified in contact tracing and has coordinated a plan with Department of Public Health officials in the event of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 for any community member. A brief overview is below:
- Woodward’s Lead School Nurse (Cheryl Minor), Director of Campus Safety and Pandemic Coordinator (John Lane), and Associate Vice President for HR (Christy Browne) will notify local public health officials when there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 for any student or employee.
- Using Department of Public Health guidelines, Health Services, Campus Safety, and Human Resources will work with the affected person, siblings, and families to identify and notify close contacts. The use of assigned seats in classrooms and on buses will assist with this process.
- We will maintain patient privacy as per HIPAA guidelines, but we will proactively and transparently keep you informed of any suspected or positive COVID-19 cases. This information will be updated daily in the Parent Portal.