COVID-19 Related Questions
What if someone is sick at school?
Families and staff are strongly encouraged to conduct daily monitoring for symptoms and to contact their primary care provider if they suspect they have COVID. Families should also consider getting a COVID test when symptoms indicate possible COVID. If a student or staff member is ill during the school day, they will be sent to the nurse’s office for evaluation as they are anytime someone feels ill at school.
It is important to remember that although students and staff may be experiencing symptoms, they are not automatically presumed positive for COVID, and they may return to school/work when fever free or their symptoms have subsided for at least 24 hours.
What if someone tests positive for COVID-19?
It is important that families and staff communicate with school officials. Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or who shows signs or symptoms of illness should stay home and contact their health care provider for further guidance.
Following updated guidance from the CDC
, individuals who have tested positive for COVID may return to work/school after 5 days if they do not have symptoms or if they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. They should wear a high-quality mask through day 10.
What if someone is a close contact for COVID-19?
The CDC is recommending
that instead of quarantining if you were exposed to COVID-19, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5.
Will the District conduct contact tracing?
If a student tests positive for COVID, the school nurse should be notified; however, the District will not contact trace or identify close contacts and will not require healthy students to quarantine due to close contact of a COVID case.
Will the District utilize a COVID Tracker this school year?
Consistent with the frequency in which we are required to report cases to the PA Department of Health, the District’s COVID Tracker will be updated weekly to show the total number of positive cases per school. Click here to view the tracker
Will parents receive notification when a COVID-19 case is reported at their child's school?
There will not be a building-wide notification of positive COVID-19 cases like last school year, unless reported cases warrant additional mitigation efforts.