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Middle school faculty member tests positive for COVID-19, 53 self-isolating

Maddy Whitman
Signs around school remind students and staff to follow the school’s COVID-19 guidelines. The school had its first positive test result Sept. 17.

Fifty-three students are currently self-isolating after a middle school faculty member received a positive COVID-19 test result Sept. 17, Head of School Robin Appleby said. 

Those who were identified as having close contact will stay home for 14 days since their last contact with the infected individual as a precautionary measure.

Appleby said that the conditions that constitute close contact are based on the U.K. COVID-19 guidance.

Appleby said any further positive cases that arise will be treated similarly to the initial case, following the exact same protocol that was followed last night.

“There’s a whole protocol for essentially doing an internal track and trace,” she said. “What you do is you immediately try to figure out [with whom] the person has had … direct contact.”

In addition, Appleby said that the administration will treat the case as an evaluation of the established protocols.

“If none of the students who have to stay home because of this develop [symptoms], that’s going to tell us something about the risks of contact,” she said.

Despite the confirmed case, Appleby said that, as it stands, campus “is pretty far” from closing. 

“Honestly, the only way that we would experience a school shut down is if the government decreed that,” she said.


The Standard will continue reporting any new developments regarding COVID-19 at ASL.

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Cameron Spurr
Cameron Spurr, Editor-in-Chief
Cameron Spurr (’22) is the Editor-in-Chief of The Standard. He joined staff in Grade 9 as a staff writer and became News Editor: Print the following year. In Grade 11, Spurr was the Lead News Editor. He found a passion for journalism early in high school, and always strives to be a quality source of information for his readers.
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Sal Cerrell, Co Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online
Though born in Seattle, Sal Cerrell (’21) has lived in London for nearly a decade. He predominantly write about politics and global affairs for the opinion section. In his free time, he enjoys reading the newspaper and running. This is his third year working on the Standard, and his first as an editor.
Maddy Whitman
Maddy Whitman, Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online
Maddy Whitman (’22) is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online of The Standard. Whitman spent her Grade 11 year in the role of Media Director and was a Media Editor and staff writer in the two years prior. Whitman loves that she can combine her passions of photography and journalism to create work for The Standard. Outside of her role, Whitman enjoys baking, running, watching Formula 1 and following her football team, Fulham FC.

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