SPSD Health Notice: 04-06-21

SPSD Health Notice: 04-06-21
Posted on 04/06/2021
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As of April 6, the South Park School District is reporting seven additional positive COVID-19 cases. Three elementary center students who were last in school on March 31, two high school students who were last in school on March 30, one high school student who was last in school on April 6 and one high school staff member who was last at work on March 31 have tested positive for COVID-19. 


One high school case will count towards the high school’s 14-day rolling total as outlined by the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Health. The other cases will not count towards a building’s 14-day rolling total. 


Additional information about how a building’s 14-day rolling total is calculated can be found in this fourth quarter COVID-19 protocols and procedures review.


We remain in regular communication with the Allegheny County Health Department. The district will adhere to all guidance and recommendations provided to us by public health officials. 


Identified close contacts from one elementary center case and three high school cases have been notified and will quarantine. There are no close contacts from the other three cases.


Our facilities staff continues to focus on the thorough cleaning of all district buildings.


The individuals will not return to school until the isolation period has concluded.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports individuals with COVID-19 may have mild to severe illness, and symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include:


Fever or chills

Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or body aches

Headache

New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting

Diarrhea

Individuals who exhibit any of these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately.


The health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff and community are our primary concern. We will continue to monitor the situation and notify families and staff of any additional actions that may need to be taken. The district continues to monitor the number of cases and quarantines in each building and may make temporary modifications to its instructional model in a building or buildings if necessary to maintain a consistent learning environment.


This communication is being shared with all district families and staff as part of the procedures outlined in the district’s Health and Safety Plan approved by the Board of Directors on Tuesday, July 28. We will not release any additional information due to confidentiality and patient privacy laws.


If your child or an immediate family member tests positive for COVID-19 or if your child is told to quarantine, please contact your school nurse as soon as possible. 


If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider, click here to visit the CDC website, or call 211.

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