Responding to a Positive Case of COVID-19
If a positive case of COVID-19 occurs at a school or facility, general notification will be shared with the school community (staff and families) or building staff via a robocall and/or electronic communications. Families of any students identified as a close contact to the positive case will be personally notified by school staff and provided next steps, informed by the COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs (below). A close contact is defined as an individual who has been within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes within a 24-hour period. Impacted areas of the facility will be disinfected utilizing the District’s electrostatic machine.
Directed by guidelines provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the District takes into consideration the level of exposure, number of positive cases in a school within a 14-day period and the level of community spread in decision making related to school closures. The Allegheny County Health Department may also be consulted. When it is determined that a school, site or program must close, the District will notify local media and post the closure to social media, in addition to communicating the closure with families and staff.