11/5 Positive COVID-19 Cases

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton November 5, 2020 19:00

Hello Governor Mifflin families,

As an integral part of our district’s Health and Safety Plan communications protocol, I provide the following advisory. Today, we learned of three positive cases of COVID-19 on our campus impacting Governor Mifflin High School, Governor Mifflin Intermediate School, and Brecknock Elementary.

Here are the facts of these cases that are appropriate to share:

(11/5 Case #1 and #2)

  • Two siblings reported positive COVID-19 tests today: one student is in 2nd grade at Brecknock Elementary, one is in 6th grade at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School.
  • Both students developed symptoms during the week of October 26 and did not attend school until October 30, two days after symptoms stopped and with clearance from a family physician.
  • On October 30, the students’ family became aware of potential COVID-19 exposure outside of school and subsequently were tested for COVID-19.
  • Both students received positive COVID-19 test results today.

(11/5 Case #3)

  • The student is in 9th grade and attends classes during the PM hybrid session.
  • The student was last in school on Friday, October 30 and symptoms developed on Saturday, October 31.
  • The student took a COVID-19 test on November 2 and received a positive test result today.
  • The student rides the bus, but has no current extracurricular activities.

We have sent a separate phone call and email to students who will be required to quarantine as a result of this case. However, if you have previously received a quarantine notice, please continue to quarantine following the dates provided in that previous notice.

In following our protocols, our district administrators are following previous guidance from the PA Department of Health. Our Operations Department has already begun deep cleaning impacted classrooms and any common areas.

At this time, it is important to understand that while we are continuing to see more positive COVID-19 cases within our schools, we are not seeing spread from these cases within our buildings. We continue to make our mitigation efforts the utmost priority, including mandating masks or face coverings for all and using enhanced cleaning practices daily, with additional disinfection procedures in areas that may have been impacted by an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in our community, we must all do our part to ensure that we are not taking actions that put ourselves or others at an increased risk of exposure. Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask, and wash your hands often. Most importantly, and this may be the most difficult request, especially for this time of year, but we must limit our interaction with others outside of our households. Our ability to remain open is a community effort and we need each and every one of us to do our part to keep our community safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steve Gerhard
Superintendent
Governor Mifflin School District

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton November 5, 2020 19:00