Dear Student, Parent/Guardian, Staff Member,
Last school year, the Portage Area School District hosted three vaccine clinics for the community. Over 500 people took advantage of this easy access for vaccination. As a service to the community, the Portage Area School District is considering hosting another Pfizer vaccine clinic for students, staff, parents/guardians, and community members if there is interest to warrant such actions.
I am asking for your help. Please follow the link below to a Microsoft Forms survey to share your level of interest for your children/children, yourself, and/or other community members. Please submit your response by Friday, October 15th.
If there are over 50 positive responses, the school district will proceed with scheduling a vaccine clinic as quickly as possible.
Our Frequently Asked Questions has been updated to reflect new information on quarantine for those who have had a documented case of COVID-19 and antibody testing. One question that is difficult to answer is for students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, whether at home or at school. According to the PA DOH and CDC, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is more transmittable than the original virus. While the school district recognizes the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to many other illnesses, the safest action is to isolate and be tested for the virus.
After peaking at thirty positive cases of COVID-19 in our zip code on September 20th, the 7-day rolling count numbers are lower but on the rise. At the time of this writing, the zip code has thirteen cases in the past week but appear to be rising again.
In addition to the many protocols we have in place to prevent the spread of this virus, the school district has placed Corsi-Rosenthal air filtration systems in each classroom and office. The research indicates the system helps filter the virus and other allergens from classroom air. Special kudos are extended to our Technology Education teachers Dennis Link and Bill Bearer and their students as they constructed over 100 of these devices. The district has received local, national, and international recognition for our efforts.
The school district is also in the process of instituting VOLUNTARY testing for the COVID-19 virus. On August 12th, we will conduct “pooled testing” for a limited number of volunteer employees. Once we are comfortable with the testing procedures, I will share more details of this program.
Thank you for your support during these difficult times. Stay safe and healthy. -z-
Eric Zelanko, Superintendent
Portage Area School District
84 Mountain Ave.
Portage, PA 15946
(814) 736-9636 ext 1560