In an effort to keep our families and community members informed and safe, the Armstrong School District will issue automated email and phone messages district-wide in every instance a positive COVID 19 case is confirmed.
Today, we were notified by the Department of Health that one student in the 10th grade at West Shamokin Junior Senior High School has tested positive for COVID-19. The student will remain home during a 10-day isolation period under the direct care of their physician. All students who were potentially in close contact are receiving a separate telephone call advising them to contact their health care provider and to quarantine for 14 days.
Because it is a single case it is not necessary to close the school, however, out of an abundance of caution, and in accordance with ASD’s Health and Safety Plan and Department of Health guidelines, we have thoroughly sanitized all affected areas and school will operate as usual on Tuesday.
In all instances when someone tests positive, public health staff from the Department of Health, our local hospital, and our School Physician immediately assist our local Pandemic Team with risk assessment, isolation and quarantine recommendations and other infection control recommendations.
We continue to encourage all parents to screen their children for symptoms before school every morning especially fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. Students who are sick should stay home from school. As always, your child’s physician is the best person to guide you regarding steps for keeping your child safe and healthy.