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6 students, employee test positive for COVID-19 at local school district; classes to start online

ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. — Six students, along with a part-time employee, have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Elizabeth Forward School District.

Now, the high school will begin the school year using remote learning, according to a release from district officials.

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Officials said in a release that the people who tested positive were “part of several athletic programs at the high school level,” and they are now in quarantine for 14 days. The district said it shut down practices after learning of the positive tests.

Due to the positive tests and after consulting with the Allegheny County Health Department, Elizabeth Forward High School will now be starting classes using remote learning for the first week of school starting Aug. 31.

However, Kindergarten through 8th grade will still use the hybrid model previously outlined by the district.

According to a release, the district will follow these mitigation steps:

  • No individual(s) will return to a school building until they have completed isolation procedures for COVID-19.
  • The impacted facilities have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
  • Contact tracing is being conducted by the district and the county health department to verify if any other possible exposures occurred.
  • Following all of the protocols as outlined by the school district’s return to school plan.

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