December 21, 2020: All Parents - Confirmed COVID Cases
Since our last communication, the District has been informed of one confirmed case of COVID-19 at Spring Grove Elementary, two confirmed cases at New Salem Elementary, one confirmed case at Paradise Elementary, one confirmed case at Spring Grove Intermediate, two confirmed cases at the High School, and three confirmed cases in the “other” category as noted on the COVID-19 dashboard. Nine of the ten cases have no reportable contacts. The District’s in-person Traditional Learning at all of the District educational buildings will remain open at this time.
The District is in the process of contacting any persons who are considered close contacts (the definition of exposure/close contact is a person who was within six feet of the person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) while in our buildings and directing them to follow appropriate quarantine guidelines. The Department of Health may follow up with those individuals (or others) who are considered close contacts and advise them to self-quarantine, accordingly. Unless you are contacted directly by the District or the PADoH concerning quarantining, there is nothing more you need to do at this time.
As we head into our holiday break, we encourage everyone to stay extra vigilant with continued safety measures. We also take this opportunity to remind everyone of the travel order issued in November by the PA Department of Health:
- Pennsylvanians visiting other states are to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth, or to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. (This does NOT apply to people who commute to and from another state for work or medical treatment.)
- In order for a student to return to in-person Traditional Learning after traveling out of state, proof of a negative COVID-19 test must be provided to your child's school building prior to his/her return to school. (*Students under the age of 12 are not required to travel quarantine or produce a negative test result upon their return to the commonwealth.) If a negative COVID-19 test cannot be provided, the student must follow the travel quarantine guideline stated above. During the travel quarantine time, your child will be able to participate in Virtual Learning at Home.
- To simplify the process for families to submit the appropriate documentation when traveling out of state, a form is available to download HERE. Once completed, families may submit the form electronically to the District Attendance Officer or the Building Principal.
If your child is exhibiting symptoms or is in the process of being tested for COVID-19, please keep him/her home and inform us immediately by contacting the building principal or the school nurse. For more information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website at cdc.gov.
Thank you for your ongoing support. We will continue to communicate updates as appropriate.
Dr. George W. Ioannidis