October 7, 2020
Dear Charleroi Area School District Parents and Guardians,
The Charleroi Area School District was notified today that a staff member at Charleroi High/Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. The Pennsylvania Department of Health was immediately notified and has provided the district with guidance and protocols. Only “close contacts” are required to be quarantined. The PA Department of Health defines a “close contact” as an individual who was within six feet of a positive COVID-19 case for longer than fifteen consecutive minutes. The continued implementation of safety measures, such as frequent hand washing and the wearing of face coverings will continue. The teacher has not been in the building since Friday and has not had contact with students. The impacted areas were thoroughly sanitized and disinfected last weekend and again on Monday and Tuesday.
Please note that while we have an obligation to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all members of our community, we also have an obligation to protect the privacy of individuals affected by this virus. Unless an individual has been personally contacted by the Department of Health or the school nurse, we can reasonably assure you that you have not been identified as a “close contact” of a positive case.
It is important for students and staff to administer the Parent At-Home Health Screening Tool every day. If you are symptomatic or may have been in close contact with a positive case, you need to stay home and contact the school nurse immediately. Your cooperation with sharing information with our nurses and reporting any positive cases of COVID-19 within your family or close contacts is very important. Because of our moderate level of community transmission in Washington County and only one case of COVID-19 within a 14 day period in our middle/high school, it is not recommended that our school need to be closed.
Charleroi Area School District cares about the health and safety of our entire learning community. We appreciate your diligence with our safety protocol.
Please stay safe,
Edward J. Zelich, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools