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. School staff will personally notify families of any students identified as close contacts to the positive case and provide the 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 24 hours. Per the CDC, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student where the consistent and correct use of masks, physical distancing, and other K-12 prevention strategies are in place. Impacted areas of the facility will be disinfected utilizing the District's electrostatic machine.
Based on guidance as shared in the Department of Health's (DOH) Plans and Processes for K-12 Schools During COVID-19 on August 11, 2021, Pittsburgh Public Schools has shared Building Closure Guidelines for outbreak containment that take into account the number of cases within a 14-day period it would take to close a school, based on each building's population. 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.
Building Closure Guidelines can be found here.