The CDC released updated COVID-19 guidance on 8/11/22 and we have revised our guidance for students and staff accordingly. The CDC is not relying on community transmission levels to determine guidance and no longer recommends quarantine of exposed persons, regardless of vaccination status.
However, Penn Cambria School District will still be required to report COVID-19 positive case counts to the Department of Health each week and we will continue to provide a public dashboard on the district website of case counts in our buildings. Families should notify the school nurse if a student is COVID positive.
We will continue to emphasize proper cough etiquette, hand washing, appropriate cleaning protocols, and improving ventilation in our buildings. We will also continue to make hand sanitizer available and maintain a supply of masks to support students, staff, and visitors who wish to wear them.
Updated COVID-19 Guidance– 8/12/22
What if I am experiencing COVID-like symptoms?
- Stay home if you have a fever or are sick.
- Testing is recommended. At this time, Penn Cambria School District is unable to provide free on-site testing as we did last year. However, through a PA Department of Health program, we anticipate having a supply of free over-the-counter test kits available for staff or for parents to pick up if they wish to test their student at home. We will share more information about this program when supplies are available.
What if I’m COVID positive?
- Families should notify the school nurse if a student is COVID-positive.
- Isolate for 5 days regardless of vaccination status or presence of symptoms.
- You can return to school on Day 6 if you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.
- You should mask in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10).
- CDC Recommendation After Ending Isolation – With two sequential negative tests 48 hours apart you may remove your mask sooner than day 10. If your test results are still positive, you should continue wearing a mask and testing.
While the school should be notified if a student is COVID positive, based on this guidance, families do not need to notify the school of COVID exposure or close contact. However, families should review and follow current CDC guidance if exposed. If you would like to review this guidance with our health staff or if you have any questions, please contact our nursing offices.