Teacher at Hillel Day School in Farmington Hills has coronavirus (COVID-19), school tells parents

First-, second-grade students to begin home isolation quarantine

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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – A teacher at Hillel Day School in Farmington Hills has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the school wrote in a letter to parents on Friday.

According to the school, the teacher’s last interaction with students was on Monday, March 9. All first- and second-grade students at the school must immediately begin a home isolation quarantine that must last for 14 days. The school said that 14-day period began March 9, so it will end March 23.

“At this time, it is recommended that parents with questions should contact their personal physician or the Oakland County Communicable Disease Division at 248-858-1286,” reads the letter from Naty Katz, interim head of the school.

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County and state officials have confirmed three positive cases of COVID-19 in Oakland County -- two adult males, one with no travel history and one with domestic travel history, and one adult female with history of international travel.

Oakland County released a list of possible exposure locations early Friday. View that list here. Hillel Day School was not on that list.

Here is a statement from Hillel Day School:

"A Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit teacher has been diagnosed with a presumptive positive case of COVID-19.

"The teacher tested positive for the virus following domestic travel. A resident of Washtenaw County, the teacher is at home and recovering.

"Upon confirming the case late Thursday evening, Hillel Day School made the immediate decision to close Friday, March 13 until further notice, and will institute remote learning for all students. The affected teacher’s students and colleagues in the school’s 1-2 learning community are in self-quarantine through March 23.

"'He is a beloved and valued member of our school community, a teacher whose dynamic classroom is always filled with positive energy. We wish him and all those affected a speedy recovery.'

“'The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We continue to be in very close contact with the Oakland County Health Division. Officials there are monitoring the situation very closely, and we are following their guidelines.'”

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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.