Posted on 08/24/2020

Covid Parent AlertMonday, August 24, 2020

Dear MASD Parent/Guardian:

This notification is sent to inform you that the District has been apprised of two confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Middletown Area School District.

A support staff employee at the High School received a positive COVID-19 test result on Sunday. The employee was last at the High School on Monday, August 17, and had no contact with students and very limited contact with other employees; most importantly, not within 6 feet of the infected individual, thus they do not need to be quarantined.

This morning the District was apprised that a student athlete has tested positive for COVID-19. Therefore, certain members of the football team who may have been in close contact with this player on Thursday, August 21 will need to quarantine for 14 days out of an abundance of caution. Phone calls are being made to those student athletes who will need to be quarantined. If the athletic director or coach does not call you, then that means that your child was not in close contact with the infected individual and will not need to quarantine. According to our District physician, it is not necessary for your child to be tested for COVID-19 at this time. You should monitor your child for any COVID-19 symptoms, and if symptomatic, consult with your child’s personal care physician for his/her recommendation regarding the need to get tested. Please note that even if your child were to be tested and the result be negative, they must still quarantine for the full 14 day period which ends on September 4, 2020.

Since school begins next week, our District physician has indicated that those quarantined student athletes must remain at home and do full remote learning until the quarantine period ends. Those students will be able to return to their regularly assigned high school cohort effective Tuesday, September 8, 2020. They will be able to return to football practice on Friday, September 4, which is the end of the quarantine period. (*Note there is no school on September 4 or 7 due to the Labor Day holiday weekend.) 

On an unrelated note, the District was advised this morning that Power School sent out automated messages informing parents of their child’s progress reports and class assignments. The IT department is working to resolve this glitch in the system. We apologize for any confusion that these emails created for parents this morning.

Thank you for your continued vigilance as we work together to reopen school and athletics/extra-curricular activities with safety as our first priority.

Dr. Lori A. Suski
Superintendent of Schools

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