SPSD Health Notice: 03-23-21

SPSD Health Notice: 03-23-21
Posted on 03/23/2021
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As of March 23, the South Park School District has been notified of two additional positive COVID-19 cases. Two high school students have tested positive for COVID-19. One student was last in school on March 16. The other student was last in school on March 22.

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 continues 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 have been notified and will quarantine. 

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.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its school guidance for physical distancing in classrooms. In many cases, the CDC’s revised recommendations suggest three (3) feet or more of physical distancing in classrooms, with certain exceptions when six (6) feet is recommended. 

The CDC’s contact tracing guidance has not changed. Therefore, the definition of a close contact remains any individual within 6 feet of a person diagnosed with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more. The definition of a close contact applies regardless of whether either person was wearing a mask.

The CDC also writes, “For schools that use less than 6 feet between students in classrooms, the definition of close contacts should not change. Students sitting less than 6 feet next to another student or person diagnosed with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more should quarantine at home and be referred for testing.”

The South Park School District has confirmed with the Allegheny County Health Department that six (6) feet of distance is still to be used when contact tracing a confirmed, positive COVID-19 case in our schools.

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. The district continues to monitor the number of cases and quarantines in each building and may make temporary modifications to its instructional model in a building or buildings if necessary to maintain a consistent learning environment.

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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