Some Schuylkill County schools have been very open about their ongoing battle with COVID-19 infections.
Others, not so much.
At North Schuylkill School District, they’ve taken a step above the daily drumbeat of announcing new cases and quarantines on social media. The school maintains a public COVID-19 Tracker on its website.
You can visit the page here.
All it really is is a spreadsheet that lists whether a student or staff member tests positive, on what date they learn of it, and how many people are being told to self-quarantine.
So, if you go there now (Nov. 16), you can see that in the last week, North Schuylkill had 6 people test positive for the virus. And as a result, a total of 67 students and 2 staff members were told to self-quarantine.
Most cases were reported among students and staff at the Junior-Senior High School.
Despite the rising numbers recently, North Schuylkill Superintendent Robert Ackell says the school district will continue to hold in-person classes.
“Our contact tracing results have identified no evidence of transmission within our schools. We attribute this to our students’ and employees’ ongoing adherence to our Health and Safety Plan protocols, and it is primarily why we are continuing in-school education,” Ackell wrote in a letter to parents on Saturday. “We can monitor what happens during the school days but beyond that, we need our entire community to wear masks, adhere to physical distancing and avoid gatherings.”
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