Immediate Change in Learning Model
for the Jr/Sr High School
Dear Student and/or Parent/Guardian:
The Portage Area School District has been cooperating with the PA Dept of Health as contact tracing occurs for anyone in close contact with a positive COVID-19 individual. A close contact is considered anyone who was within six feet for more than 15 minutes . Department of Health representatives have begun reaching out to anyone deemed a close contact. Those individuals deemed close contacts will be quarantined for 14 days from the date of exposure.
Students of the Portage Area Jr/Sr High School will remain as remote learners until at least Friday, October 2nd. How the school district proceeds next week is still unknown at this time. There are many factors that will be used to guide that decision in the coming days including the number of students in quarantine, any additional positive cases that are identified, and/or forthcoming recommendations from DOH. The health and safety of our school community is of utmost importance.
Any student, staff member, or community member who thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others until 14 days after their last exposure to a person with COVID-19. Seek assistance from your physician. Please visit the PA Department of Health web site for more information on COVID-19.
I would like to commend the students, staff, and community for your understanding, work effort, and support as we move forward. I would also like to express gratitude to the PA Department of Health officials who are working for the health and safety of our school community. -z-
Eric Zelanko, Superintendent
Portage Area School District
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