NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. (KDKA) — The Norwin School District announced they are delaying the full reopening of schools and over 100 students and staff members are quarantining due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The district anticipates another 40 middle school students will be quarantining over the next 48 hours as well.
Since the beginning of the school year, almost 270 students and staff members have quarantined at some point.
The district is now delaying the full reopening of schools from Nov. 4 to Nov. 18.
The middle school will be closed for two days and all instruction will be virtual while the school is closed and sports are canceled. This comes as two more cases of COVID-19 were found in a middle school student and staff member.
Since the start of the year, 25 students and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Norwin school leaders say data shows more than one-third of the COVID-19 cases are among 12 to 17-year-olds.
As of now, the district plans to continue hybrid learning. The district says that on Nov. 9, they will re-evaluate plans to reopen on Nov. 18.
District leaders say the building will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized. This will allow for staff to ventilate areas where people with the virus have been.
The district says that the state needs to perform contract tracing. Anyone close to a positive case will be notified and quarantine for 14 days. A school nurse, school official or health department worker will contact the family of students.
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