Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Health and Safety

Masks

Masks are required inside all NHSD schools and buildings at all times in accordance with the state’s mask mandate effective Sept. 7 2021. This includes all after-school activities in NHSD buildings run by NHSD or any outside organization. The state's mandate does not apply to interscholastic school sports.

Other Mitigation Measures

  • Social distancing encouraged at all times
  • Classrooms free of unnecessary furniture and items to allow for social distancing
  • Student desks and seats separated by no less than three feet and facing the same direction
  • Separate tables in elementary and middle school cafeterias
  • Increased outside air circulated in district HVAC systems
  • Outdoor spaces utilized whenever possible
  • Thorough cleaning and sanitizing daily; high-touch surfaces cleaned throughout the school day
  • Reinforced hygiene practices and additional hand washing and sanitizing stations
COVID-19 Cases

NHSD requests that all student and staff COVID-19 cases be reported to the school principal and/or school nurse.

NHSD will track known COVID-19 cases online and consult with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) and follow their guidance when needed.

School districts are not required to conduct contact tracing or issue quarantine notices when a universal mask mandate is in effect and students are separated by at least three feet.

Under current state and local guidelines, there is no circumstance that would require a school or building closure due to COVID-19.

Illness & Quarantine

Students and staff should stay home when sick and not return to school until they are symptom and fever-free for 24 hours without medication.

Federal, state and local guidelines should be followed for when a student or staff member with COVID-19 or known exposure can return to school.

If a student is required to quarantine, learning will continue asynchronously through Google Classroom as communicated by the student’s teacher(s).

Health Agencies & Resources
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