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Washington County Schools Trains Contact Tracers

Some Washington County School District staff can now add Contact Tracers to their list of qualifications. With the reopening of schools there was a lot to consider. One of the many things that the District looked at was training their own staff to become Contact Tracers. After many meetings with the Department of Public Health, it became apparent that having their own staff trained to contact trace would save time, and be the most effective way to keep students and staff safe.

“It is extremely important to us that we keep our students and staff safe and healthy. In order to do this efficiently, we needed a percentage of our staff to be able to assist DPH at a rapid rate,” Dr. Edmond stated.

The District strategically chose 40 staff members to go through training from Johns Hopkins University. Each member of the team had to complete a 6-8-hour course and pass the exam. Each school has their own team on site that will assist with the district’s mitigation plans and work directly with the Department of Public Health.

When asked how he feels this year is going he stated, “We are so proud of our students and staff for rising up this year, they have truly shown what it means to be a Golden Hawk.”


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