Cambridge Public Schools Superintendent Kenneth Salim speak at a January meeting of the School Committee. (Photo: Derek Kouyoumjian)

Cambridge Public Schools Superintendent Kenneth Salim said Thursday that he will work from home effective immediately after a member of his child’s school community tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. People who entered the school building are advised to “avoid public spaces and practice social distancing” to wait out the two weeks in which coronavirus symptoms would appear, per the Boston Public Health Commission.

He is the first Cambridge official to say they are self-isolating to check for symptoms during a nationwide coronavirus outbreak. (City councillor Quinton Zondervan said he didn’t travel to a conference with seven other councillors “not because of the virus, but I’m the one home with a sore throat right now.”) Salim’s child does not attend school in Cambridge; he didn’t identify the school in his message.

Salim will present the district’s school budget via videoconference at Thursday’s meeting of the School Committee. The budget will be available for download shortly before the meeting begins at 6 p.m.

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