At 11:00 a.m. today, Huntingdon County superintendents participated in a conference with epidemiologists from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Deputy Secretary of Education regarding Huntingdon County’s second week in the Substantial level on the DOH Early Warning Dashboard. SHCSD has been impacted by positive COVID-19 cases and quarantine measures at a higher incidence rate than the other county schools. Since the first positive student case was reported on October 1, 2020, positive cases and quarantine results are as listed:
Total faculty/staff testing positive: 6
Total students testing positive: 4
Total faculty/staff quarantined: 22
Total students quarantined: 110
Huntingdon County maintains the highest positivity rate in Pennsylvania for the second consecutive week. For the past three weeks, Huntingdon County experienced 100 cases per week with an increase of 152 cases last week. In addition to a substantial level, seventy percent (70%) of the positive individuals were unable to identify how they contracted COVID-19 reinforcing the need for continued social distancing. The DOH stressed that a COVID-19 spread within a school can lead to an increased case rate within the overall community.
Due to today’s substantial classification, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is recommending full remote learning. SHCSD will operate remotely for the week of October 26th and the week of November 2, 2020. The District will transition to a hybrid model for the weeks of November 9th and 16th 2020. Instructors will connect daily with their students on remote days the next two weeks and on Fridays during the hybrid model. The Board will evaluate COVID-19 numbers and vote on how we move forward during the November 17th Board meeting.
(Same Groups as Previously Established at the Start of the School Year)
Group 1 (Last Name A-L) Monday and Wednesday attending school
Group 2 (Last Name M-Z) Tuesday and Thursday attending school
Friday -- all students remote
*All athletic and extracurricular activities are scheduled to resume on Saturday, November 7, 2020.
*The meal program remains available to students.
*Please contact your child’s school or the administration with any questions.