City and school officials open the DOE COVID Response Situation Room this week. The

multi-agency partnership between the Department of Education, Department of Health and Mental Health and the Test & Trace Corps aims to facilitate a rapid response to positive COVID-19 cases in public schools.

The Situation Room provides a single point-of-contact between schools and agency partners responsible for performing both testing, contact tracing and ensuring the appropriate interventions are being taken by school communities.

School leaders can call the Situation Room if they receive notice from a staff member, student or parent/family member of a positive COVID-19 test or if a student or staff member is isolating or sent home with symptoms. Upon reporting a possible case to the Situation Room, DOHMH will verify the case and, if needed, trigger a Test + Trace investigation.