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Identified Cases and School Closure Table

By Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, dated November 23, 2020, public PreK-12 school entities in counties with two consecutive weeks of substantial transmission must attest to complying to the following to continue offering any in-person instruction:


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. When Allegheny County is at the substantial level for community transmission for two consecutive weeks, 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



Substantial 

Intermediate



Substantial 

Middle

14/9/2021-4/22/2021

Substantial 

High

1

4/8/2021-4/21/2021

Substantial 

 Updated April 9, 2021,  9:38 a.m.


A county must be at “substantial” level of community transmission for two consecutive weeks for the Attestation Order of November 23, 2020, to go into effect.

The updates below go into effect on Monday, April 5, 2021, for Pennsylvania's school communities.  

When a case of COVID-19 is identified in a school setting, public health staff from DOH or the County or Municipal Health Department (CMHD) will work with school administrators to provide guidance and advice related to cleaning and disinfecting, contact tracing and quarantine recommendations, and closing certain areas of the school or entire school buildings if necessary. When entire school buildings are recommended to close, lengths of closure time will vary by level of community transmission and number of cases. If it is recommended that a school building close due to a COVID-19 case(s), schools do not need approval from the DOH or CMHD to reopen the school building after the temporary closure. Schools in Allegheny County will work with the Allegheny County Health Department when responding to cases of COVID-19 in a school setting.

The recommendations provided in the chart below complement the recommendations from DOH and PDE for Determining Instructional Models During the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Public Health Guidance for School Communities. The recommendations apply to individual schools, not an entire school district or Local Education Agency (LEA).

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 1-2 days*

  • Clean area(s) where cases spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

  • Close school(s) for 5 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 1-2 days*

  • Clean area(s) where cases spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

  • Close school(s) for 5 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 2-3 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 5 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 1-2 days*

  • Clean area(s) where cases spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

  • Close school(s) for 5 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 1-2 days*

  • Clean area(s) where cases spent time

  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

  • Close school(s) for 5 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 2-3 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 5 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.


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