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WASD has its first positive COVID-19 case, which was confirmed by the PA Department of Health, at WAMS.

According to the Waynesboro Area School District Superintendent Dr. Tod Kline, they discovered the case the previous Friday and sent out a letter to the WAMS families notifying them over the weekend. “Before we could notify anyone we had to wait for confirmation from the Department of Health that it was indeed a positive case,” Kline reported.

Kline also announced that district officials have done contact tracing and have informed all who have been considered “exposed” to the student. “Within six-feet for more than 15 minutes are the standards that the Department of Health set for us,” Kline said. “As always, we are cleaning the building and classrooms regularly but we are focusing on high touch points and areas where the individual was.”

Kline said the name and grade of the student will remain confidential and that the number reflects only those learners and faculty that are physically attending in-person learning in district school buildings.

While this is the first positive case that occurred inside of a district building, Kline said that there are a number of district families affected by the illness.

“We have received a number of calls from parents who have tested positive,” Kline recalled. “As instructed, they are keeping their children home and quarantining for 14 days and staying at home for an additional 10 days on virtual schooling to see if any late signs surface.”

With the first week of the 2020-21 school year in the records, Kline is hopeful for the coming weeks.” Our students have been doing a good job wearing their masks and that is what I believe is going to save us from an outbreak in the future. We will continue to update everyone, and ask for your patience, Kline said. “In addition, if your child shows symptoms like sneezing, coughing, chills, fever, muscle or body aches, nausea, and/or difficulty breathing, please keep him or her home. Have your child wash hands regularly and wear face coverings. If we follow these recommendations, we can have a much more successful school year.”

This is a developing story and more posts will be made as information is given. Stay tuned for more information! Stay safe!