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November 20, 2020 - Important COVID-19 Message Regarding Guilford Hills Elementary School

Late November 20th, the Chambersburg Area School District administration was notified of two positive cases of COVID-19 at the Guilford Hills Elementary School: one third grader and one fourth grader.

As a result, Guilford Hills Elementary School will transition to all virtual learning starting November 23rd with a tentative return on December 7th.

Families and students in direct contact will be contacted by school building staff.

Virtual instruction will begin for all students at their regularly scheduled time. The school office will be open Monday, November 23rd, from 9:00am-12:00pm for any student, AA or BB, to retrieve their Chromebook and personal belongings.

Teachers will communicate directly with families on both the AA and BB schedules regarding continuity of education during the closure.

Additionally, the following school buses were determined to have a confirmed case present during a route:

  • 416

Note: school buses use seating charts to assist in contact tracing and students needing to transition to virtual learning will be contacted directly by the Department of Health. The buses listed will continue to run their regularly scheduled routes.

During the closure, all areas within the building will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, beyond the regular and extensive cleaning that already occurs daily.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, together with Chambersburg Area School District, conducted the contact tracing investigation. Individuals identified as close contacts will be contacted by PA DoH and/or Chambersburg administration. If an individual is not contacted by PA DoH and/or CASD, the individual is not considered to be a close contact. Please be aware that Chambersburg Area School District has multiple employees who are certified contract tracers.

  • Close contact is defined by the CDC as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated.

Please know that we sincerely understand that this message may cause some concern. Remain assured that we will continue to closely monitor this situation and will provide additional information as needed.  Please share any questions with your child’s teacher.  He or she can pass them on to others that may assist.