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Identified Cases and School Closure Table

As part of the mandated Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Attestation to hold in-person learning, below is a table reflecting current cases per building in the most recent 14-day periods. In accordance with the mandate, South Fayette Township will close schools if the thresholds below are met, if there is evidence of school transmission, or if we cannot fully staff a building due to quarantine or Family First Coronavirus Leave Act leaves. The state thresholds are related to the level of community transmission.


In relation to the table below, South Fayette Elementary, South Fayette Intermediate, and South Fayette Middle School are in the “medium” category.  South Fayette High School falls under the “large” category. It would take a minimum of four cases in a 14-day period for the South Fayette Elementary, Intermediate, and Middle Schools to close. It would take six cases in a 14-day period for the South Fayette High School to close.


South Fayette Township School District

School

Number of Positive COVID-19 Active Cases

(staff/students)

14-Day Period

Community Transmission

Elementary

3

1/12/2021-1/25/2021

Substantial

Intermediate

1

1/20/2021-2/2/2021

Substantial

Middle



Substantial

High

1

1/21/2021-2/3/2021

Substantial

    Updated January 22, 2021 7:25 a.m.


From the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Recommendations for Medium (500-900 students) Pre-K to 12 School Buildings Following Identification of a Case(s) of COVID-19

It is important to note that a significant and/or widespread outbreak may require moving to a more remote-based instructional model more quickly. DOH will provide proactive consultative assistance to school entities should such an outbreak occur.

Level of Community Transmission in the County

Number of Cases of COVID-19 Within a Rolling 14-Day Period:


1-3 students or staff

Number of Cases of COVID-19 Within a Rolling 14-Day Period:


4-6 students/staff

in same school building 

Number of Cases of COVID-19 Within a Rolling 14-Day Period:


7+ students/staff

in same school building

Low

  • School does not need to close

  • Clean area(s) where case spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

  • Close school(s) for 3-5 days*

  • Clean area(s) where cases spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

  • Close school(s) for 14 days*

  • Clean entire school(s)

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine


Moderate

  • School does not need to close

  • Clean area(s) where case spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

  • Close school(s) for 3-7 days*

  • Clean area(s) where cases spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

  • Close school(s) for 14 days*

  • Clean entire school(s)

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

Substantial†

  • School should consider altering schedule to significantly decrease number of students on site

  • Clean area(s) where case spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine


  • School should consider altering schedule to significantly decrease number of students on site

  • Close school(s) for 3-7 days*

  • Clean area(s) where cases spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

  • School should consider altering schedule to significantly decrease number of students on site

  • Close school(s) for 14 days*

  • Clean entire school

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine


*If case investigations, contact tracing, and cleaning and disinfecting can be accomplished in a faster time frame, the length of closure time may be shortened.

Recommendations for Large (>900 students) Pre-K to 12 School Buildings Following Identification of a Case(s) of COVID-19

It is important to note that a significant and/or widespread outbreak may require moving to a more remote-based instructional model more quickly. DOH will provide proactive consultative assistance to school entities should such an outbreak occur.


Level of Community Transmission in the County

Number of Cases of COVID-19 Within a Rolling 14-Day Period:


1-5 students or staff

Number of Cases of COVID-19 Within a Rolling 14-Day Period:


6-10 students/staff in same school building 

Number of Cases of COVID-19 Within a Rolling 14-Day Period:


11+ students/staff

in same school building

Low

  • School does not need to close

  • Clean area(s) where case spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

  • Close school(s) for 3-5 days*

  • Clean area(s) where cases spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

  • Close school(s) for 14 days*

  • Clean entire school(s)

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine


Moderate

  • School does not need to close

  • Clean area(s) where case spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

  • Close school(s) for 3-7 days*

  • Clean area(s) where cases spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

  • Close school(s) for 14 days*

  • Clean entire school(s)

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine


Substantial†

  • School should consider altering schedule to significantly decrease number of students on site

  • Clean area(s) where case spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine


  • School should consider altering schedule to significantly decrease number of students on site

  • Close school(s) for 3-7 days*

  • Clean area(s) where cases spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

  • School should consider altering schedule to significantly decrease number of students on site

  • Close school(s) for 14 days*

  • Clean entire school

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine



*If case investigations, contact tracing, and cleaning and disinfecting can be accomplished in a faster time frame, the length of closure time may be shortened.

https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/SchoolReopeningGuidance/ReopeningPreKto12/PublicHealthGuidance/Pages/SchoolClosureRecommentations.aspx

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