August 4th, 2021 - Important Update Regarding Contact Tracing, Vaccinations and Quarantining
For the 2021-2022 school year, the Chambersburg Area School District will be operating on a typical 5 day a week instructional schedule. We would like to provide you with some information as you prepare for your child(ren)’s return to school.
Contact Tracing - The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) requires that contact tracing is done when any individual is exposed to someone with COVID-19. What is contact tracing? According to the DOH, “Contact tracing is the process of identifying, notifying, and monitoring anyone who came in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 while they were infectious”.
Close Contact - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines “close contact” as follows: “Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.
Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both students correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.
This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.”
Quarantining - Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine.
Non-vaccinated individuals may be required to stay home for 10-14 days. These students will complete assignments on the Learning Management System but will not, as we were able to do last year, receive online virtual instruction from their teachers.
Currently, vaccinations are available for individuals 12 and up and are available locally at hospitals, pharmacies, large supermarkets and other businesses. Vaccinations for younger children will likely be available later this year.
Masking - Finally, please note that there is not a mandate for masking on school property and this remains a family decision. The exceptions are as follows: school transportation which requires masking per federal order. Individuals using our school health suites and Keystone Health Clinic at CASHS will need to wear a mask as well.
Thank you for noting this information.