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Procedures in the Event of a Positive Case of COVID-19 in Our Schools

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The District has been working closely with the Department of Health to develop guidelines in the event of a positive case of COVID-19 in our schools. Below you will find more detail on the communication to families and procedures that would be followed related to the potential closing of schools.

Notification of Families

In the event of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in a school, general notification will be sent to the entire school via District email blast. Families of any student who is considered a close contact of the individual who has tested positive will be personally notified via phone with further details from the Department of Health. (The Health Department defines a close contact as any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.) All notifications are sent the day the District is made aware of a positive case. 
 
Click here for additional guidance from the PA Departments of Health and Education on procedures to follow when responding to COVID-19 cases in Pre-K to 12 school settings.
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What is case investigation, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine?

Isolation vs Quarantine
The Department of Health staff is responsible for case investigation and contact tracing for every case of COVID-19, regardless of level of community transmission or number of cases identified in school setting.  

Cases are people who have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Isolation is when the public health staff direct cases to stay home, in a hospital, or in a care facility to ensure they do not expose others with COVID-19.  Individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should be immediately isolated while waiting for test results. Public health staff handles case investigation steps including determining close contacts during the infectious period.

Close contacts are individuals who have been exposed (within 6 feet distance for at least 15 consecutive minutes) to someone who is a case during the infectious period, and it is unknown if the contact will go on to develop COVID-19. Public health staff determine close contacts after a case interview.  

Public health staff will work with school administrators to determine individuals or groups who may need to be quarantined. Based on these discussions, public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure to the case; this includes household contacts (like siblings and parents/guardians/caregivers) who attend or work in other schools.
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Peters
Township
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Peters Township School District
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631 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724-941-6251
Fax: 724-941-6565
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