Gateway High School closing for 5 days, football game canceled after second COVID-19 case

Gateway High School closing for 5 days, football game canceled after second COVID-19 case

MONROEVILLE, Pa. — Gateway High School will be closed next week after a second student tested positive for COVID-19.

District officials said Friday night’s football game between Gateway and Pine-Richland is also canceled due to the new coronavirus case.

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The two students who tested positive were not identified, and it’s unclear if it was a football player to just test positive -- causing the football game to be canceled.

Officials did confirm both students tested positive within the same 14-day period, which prompted the closure next week.

Below is the full statement on Gateway’s website addressing the closure:

"The Gateway School District was notified today that a student at Gateway High School has tested positive for COVID-19. The student has been quarantined and has not been within the building since September 22, 2020. Unfortunately, this is the second student within Gateway High School that has tested positive for Covid-19 within a 14 day period. As a result, our District will adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Specifically, the guidelines state that schools within counties that are in the moderate level of community transmission and have 2 - 4 students/staff in the same school building test positive for Covid-19, the school building will close for five days. During the five day closure, all Gateway High School Students will engage in learning remotely.

In order to fully engage in learning, we are recommending the students log-in via Zoom at the scheduled time for each class. Please encourage your child to engage in all learning activities and reach out to the teacher if additional support is needed.

After guidance from the Allegheny County Health Department, the District is conducting contact tracing to determine any individuals that have been in close contact with the student. Close contact is defined as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least fifteen minutes starting from two days before the illness until the time of quarantine. We will continue to communicate with families and staff with additional updates.

Should your child experience any symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider and notify the school. Please review the Allegheny Health Department COVID-19 FAQ document for information regarding exposure. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. We will remain committed to keeping all members of our school community informed to ensure a safe and secure environment for all."

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