COVID-19 Notification Process & Communications

What Families and Staff Can Expect


We are committed to ensuring our families and staff receive timely and meaningful information related to COVID-19 so you can take appropriate measures to monitor the health and safety of yourself and your family. Following is what to expect if the West Shore School District is notified of a confirmed/presumed positive COVID-19 case by parents, staff, or the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).

Case Report: Families, staff, and/or the DOH will notify the District of a confirmed/presumed positive COVID-19 test result of an individual who was present in our schools/facilities. If the report of a positive case comes from anyone other than the DOH, the District will contact the DOH to confirm/share that information.

Contact Tracing: Multiple District employees are certified contract tracers. The District will assist the DOH in contacting those identified as having been in close contact to provide advice and guidance on how to quarantine and monitor symptoms.
  • Staff will provide a list of individuals who were considered to be in close contact and may have been exposed to the confirmed/presumed positive case.
  • Per the CDC, close contact is determined by time (at least 15 minutes) and distance (within six feet) with OR without wearing a face mask.
Notifications: The District will notify staff and families of those attending the impacted building.
  • A personal phone call will be made from school staff to families of those determined to be close contacts. Families and staff may also be notified by the DOH. Click here for additional information on what to expect if your child is quarantined.
  • The school will notify all parents and staff of a confirmed/presumed positive case by email, text, and post to the school's website and as a quick link below. School-wide communication of positive cases have been limited to those that have had a direct impact on building staff and students.
  • Correspondence to families and staff will include additional health/safety information that is relevant to the situation and/or recommended by the DOH.

Please note, strict confidentiality will be maintained for individuals who have tested positive. The District WILL NOT release the name or any identifying information associated with the confirmed positive COVID-19 case in compliance with state and federal laws related to privacy of healthcare information and privacy of student and employee records/information.

Family Resources

No Cost and Low Cost COVID-19 Testing Locations 
Click here for information about no cost and low cost COVID-19 testing in our area.

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) 

The DOH recently launched a new vaccine eligibility tool called “Your Turn” to help Pennsylvanians understand where they fall in the vaccine prioritization effort and to be alerted when it is their turn to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to access the Your Turn website.

COVID-19 Mental Health Resource
We hope you find the following article informative and helpful. 

West Shore COVID-19 Tracker

In addition to the email communication families receive following a positive case which has impacted their child’s school, we have added a COVID-19 Tracker to our website to share data on active cases, quarantine numbers, and total cases impacting our District. We hope this information will assist our families in understanding the status of our schools and our ability to remain open.

Quick Links to School Related COVID-19 Communications

May Messages
April Messages
March Messages
February Messages
January Messages
December Messages
November Messages
August through October Messages
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