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Current Active Covid-19 Information

The Tussey Mountain School District recognizes clear and precise information is incredibly beneficial to families and the community. We know information travels quickly and the community will have questions about potential Covid-19 cases in our schools. We want you to know the truth about the current active situations so you can help us mitigate the spread and confidently support the school’s mission to offer face to face education. This page provides verifiable information about Covid-19 in our schools and the district’s effort to mitigate any potential spread.

District Approach to Mitigation

The district wants you to know our approach to mitigating the spread of Covid-19 is both aggressive and conservative. We will aggressively investigate potential cases in an effort to fully understand any potential spread. We ask everyone to work with our contact tracers to help us protect students, staff, and the community. Also, we sincerely ask all members of the educational community who have a questionable situation to call first before sending students to school. For example, if a parent fears a household member has Covid-19, call us before sending your children to school. Additionally, we will make conservative decisions to protect students such as beginning a quarantine to be safe rather than a wait and see approach. We would rather respond quickly to a potential case and err on the side of caution. We are hopeful this approach to mitigation will protect students, and prevent the need to physically close schools forcing a transition to a complete virtual education.

Definitions of Active Cases

Active Positive Case is someone who has a positive Covid-19 test and is currently in quarantine.

Active Close Contact is a person who has been within 6 feet of an active positive case, whether masked or unmasked, for 15 minutes or more and is currently in quarantine.

Active Suspected Case is an individual who is experiencing Covid-19 symptoms and is seeking medical attention and is currently in quarantine.

Active Suspected Close Contact is a person who has been within 6 feet of an active suspected case, whether masked or unmasked, for 15 minutes or more and is currently in quarantine.

Updated: 10/19/20

 

These guidelines will be followed out of an abundance of caution to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within our school community. Please follow these guidelines to help keep our school community safe.

1. My child had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and will not have any further contact.

  • KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME
  • Your child should quarantine for 14 days from the date they had close contact.
  • Please contact your child’s doctor regarding testing.
  • Please contact the school nurse BEFORE sending your child back to school

2. My child had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 (live with infected person)

  • KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME- You will be contacted by the PA Department of Health when your child’s quarantine period should end.
  • Please contact your child’s doctor regarding testing.
  • Please contact the school nurse BEFORE sending your child back to school.

3. My child is having COVID-19 symptoms but has not had a known exposure

  • KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME
  • Please contact your child’s doctor regarding testing and notify the school nurse.
  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they will need clearance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to return to school.
  • Please contact the school nurse BEFORE sending your child back to school.

4. If anyone in your household is being tested for COVID-19

  • KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME- If results are negative, your child may return to school. If positive, refer to one of the situations above.

If your child, or anyone in your home, tests positive for COVID-19, you will be given specific isolation and quarantine instructions by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Please be mindful that other illnesses are still prevalent. Review our school illness policy for guidance on school exclusion for other illnesses.