The North Allegheny School District has implemented contact tracing for those individuals in our community diagnosed with COVID-19.
The health of students and staff is our primary concern. If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider.
- Anyone in close contact with the individuals that tested positive for COVID-19 was immediately notified via email and school messenger phone call.
- Active cases are counted as active during the known infectious period of the confirmed COVID-19 case.
- *A case may span across multiple buildings or departments. In this instance, the case is recorded in the student or employee’s home building.
- New cases added to the tracker may not be active cases. Due to remote learning, delays in test results, and the holiday, NASD may have been notified of positive cases after the infectious period.
What’s Not Reflected On This Tracker:
- The number of students or staff out awaiting results from a COVID-19 test.
- The number of staff and students in quarantine due to a case within their family or personal life.
- The number of staff and students absent because of seasonal illness or other reasons.
While our tracker may appear different, the information provided remains the same.
- As of November 24, 2020, the Wolf Administration is requiring Pre-K to 12 public schools in counties that have been in the substantial transmission level for at least two consecutive weeks to commit to new measures to ensure the safety and well-being of students and educators. Allegheny County has been in the substantial range for a two-week period since the week ending November 13.
- Schools must monitor cases of COVID-19 over a rolling 14-day period.
- The positive COVID-19 case is added to the chart below on the date when the individual presented symptoms of COVID-19. If an individual tests positive and was asymptomatic, the case is added to the chart on the date of the positive test. Only positive cases of NA students or staff are added to this chart.
- It’s likely that the rolling period for each building may be different.
- The rolling 14-day period begins anytime students return to In-Person Instruction after a building closure.
- Because all NASD schools were in a remote learning environment through January 18, the 14-day period for all buildings holding In-Person Instruction will begin after the first positive Case of COVID-19 after January 19.
- If a school moves to Remote Learning, the rolling 14-day period resets when the school returns to In-Person Learning.
PA Department of Education Attestation Order for In-Person InstructionOn November 30, NASD signed and submitted the Attestation Order to the PA Department of Education (PDE) with our intent to provide in-person instruction. A copy of this document can be found on our website. The District will be required to make changes to the instructional model quickly based on our active COVID-19 cases at an individual building. By signing the Attestation Order, the District is required by the commonwealth to follow the order. It is not optional.
- Below are the Recommendations for Pre-K to 12 Schools Following Identification of a Case(s) of COVID-19 as it applies to the North Allegheny School District buildings. This chart aligns each NASD school building to the commonwealth student enrollment designations of small, medium, or large. This information will be used to determine when a school must go to full remote learning based on this order.
- The threshold is a range. Once a school reaches the low number in the range, NASD consults with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) to determine if a closure is necessary. If we are advised that we can stay open based on the circumstances of each specific case, we will continue to consult with the county as long as the school is within the range. As we approach the threshold at a school, the District will notify families to ensure they are aware of the potential need to secure childcare.
- In addition to the requirements of the Attestation Order, the District may make decisions to move to remote learning based on other factors, including, but not limited to, community spread outside of school buildings and staffing.
- A case in a school setting includes any confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 when the individual was physically present in the school setting during the infectious period, including but not limited to, instruction, work, sports, or extracurricular activities.”