SPSD Health Notice: 03-22-21

SPSD Health Notice: 03-22-21
Posted on 03/22/2021
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As of March 22, the South Park School District has been notified of four additional positive COVID-19 cases. One elementary center student, one middle school student, one high school student and one middle school staff member have tested positive for COVID-19. The elementary center student was last in school on March 15. The middle school student was last in school on March 18. The high school student was last in school on March 16. The middle school staff member was last in school on March 17.

South Park Middle School remains in a remote instructional model tentatively through Wednesday, March 24 with a scheduled return to in-person learning on Thursday, March 25. In-person learning will continue at South Park Elementary Center and South Park High School.

We remain in regular communication with the Allegheny County Health Department. The district will adhere to all guidance and recommendations provided to us by public health officials. 

Identified close contacts from the middle school student case have been notified and will quarantine. There are no identified close contacts from the elementary center, high school and middle school staff cases based on the date of the positive test(s) or the onset of symptoms.

Our facilities staff continues to focus on the thorough cleaning of all district buildings.

The individuals will not return to school until the isolation period has concluded.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports individuals with COVID-19 may have mild to severe illness, and symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include:

Fever or chills


Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


Muscle or body aches


New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting


Individuals who exhibit any of these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

The health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff and community are our primary concern. We will continue to monitor the situation and notify families and staff of any additional actions that may need to be taken. 

This communication is being shared with all district families and staff as part of the procedures outlined in the district’s Health and Safety Plan approved by the Board of Directors on Tuesday, July 28. We will not release any additional information due to confidentiality and patient privacy laws.

If your child or an immediate family member tests positive for COVID-19 or if your child is told to quarantine, please contact your school nurse as soon as possible. 

If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider, click here to visit the CDC website, or call 211.

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