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October 7, 2021: COVID-19 Reminder to Our Rocket Families

Dear Rocket Families, 
 
We have recently seen an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in some of our schools. Please be aware that due to the high number of reported positive cases of COVID-19 at the Middle School, the District, in consultation with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, is closing the Middle School ONLY for in-person learning on  Friday, October 8th, 2021
 
We are asking for your assistance in helping us mitigate the spread and achieve our goal of keeping our school doors open and providing educational and extra-curricular opportunities for our students.  
 
A number of children are still coming to school even though they are feeling ill, are presenting symptoms, and/or are in the process of being tested for COVID-19.  According to our policies/handbook, students that are ill should NOT come to school. Even more so in the current COVID-19 conditions, this is not helpful and we ask that you please adhere to the following: 
 

  • If your child is feeling ill, they should not attend school until symptoms of illness have resolved, or they have been cleared for return to school by their medical provider.   

 

  • If your child has been tested for COVID-19, they should remain at home until they receive their test results. Test results should be communicated to the student's school nurse prior to their return to school to determine a return-to-school date.  

 

  • If your child resides with or has been identified as a close contact to someone that is diagnosed with or is being tested for COVID, they should not attend school until cleared by their medical provider.  

 

  • If your child resides with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should observe quarantine recommendations and consult with their medical provider. Students who are fully vaccinated may not need to quarantine, but should follow testing and masking recommendations, even if symptoms are not present. 

 

  • If your child receives a return to school note from their medical provider, please do not send them back to school until the date stated on the medical note.  

Our singular focus has been and continues to be maintaining our in-person learning and our extracurricular student activities. We need your help in doing so. Complying with the protocols stated above will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our school buildings.   

Thank you,  

Dr. George W. Ioannidis 
Superintendent