The Avonworth School District is closing all school buildings beginning the evening of November 11, 2020, through Tuesday, November 24, 2020.  Please use this link to access additional information regarding this announcement.


Updates, announcements, and information related to COVID-19 and our District's response can be found here:  

ASD COVID-19 Webpage


The Avonworth School Board of Directors will hold the December 7, 2020, Curriculum Committee Meeting and School Board Meeting virtually.  Please use the link below to access the registration forms for these meetings if you wish to attend virtually.



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COVID-19

Educational Model Update

Beginning November 24, 2020, the Avonworth School District will begin updating our school community on the last day of each week of school on the educational model that the District will operate in for the upcoming two weeks.  This decision will follow the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recommendations outlined below.


  • The first week the county is in Substantial, PDE recommends Hybrid or Remote Learning.

  • The second week in Substantial, PDE recommends Remote Learning.

  • To transition out of Remote Learning and back to Hybrid/In-Person Instruction, the county must be in Moderate for two consecutive weeks.

  • To summarize, PDE recommends two weeks in any level of transmission when making a change between educational models.


The following table will be updated each Friday to reflect the educational model the District will operate in the two upcoming weeks.

COVID Tracker Definitions/Explanations

COVID-19 Tracker
The Avonworth School District COVID-19 Tracker was established to provide transparency regarding COVID-19 cases identified among Avoworth students and staff members.  The tracker will also report the number of individuals currently in attendance restriction.  Case numbers and attendance restriction numbers are updated daily.  To help understand the COVID-19 Tracker better, please see the definitions provided below. 

Confirmed Case - A confirmed case is a known individual that has tested positive for COVID-19.
Active Case - An active case is an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19 and is still in his/her isolation period.
Total Cases - Total cases are the number of positive COVID-19 cases/individuals that have been identified in the District since the beginning of the school year.
Attendance Restrictions - The number of attendance restrictions indicates the number of individuals that are not able to attend school and are currently in quarantine due to being identified as a close contact or symptomatic and awaiting a test.
Close Contact - A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes from 2 days before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated.
Quarantine - The time an individual is separated and restricts his/her movement due to being exposed to an individual during the time they are contagious as a result of testing positive for COVID-19.
Isolation - A person that has tested positive for COVID-19 who completely isolates himself or herself and has no interaction with individuals that are not sick.


Incident & Positivity Rate Trends


FAQ/Information for Parents:

MY CHILD ONLY HAS A RUNNY NOSE AND SORE THROAT BUT NO FEVER, CAN THEY STILL HAVE COVID-19? 

  • Most children with Covid-19 have mild symptoms, with or without a fever - some have no symptoms at all.  Contact your child's medical provider if your child is ill with ANY new symptoms of illness.  

  • CDC Covid-19 Symptoms in Children and Teens

Group A - 1 or more symptoms in this column

Group B - 2 or more symptoms in this column

Cough

Shortness of breath

Difficulty breathing

New loss of smell (without congestion)

New loss of taste (without congestion)

Fever (measured or subjective)           Sore Throat

Chills                                                       Headache

Congestion or runny nose                    Fatigue                                                   

Nausea or vomiting                               Myalgia

Diarrhea                                                  Rigors

 Keep your child home and contact their PCP if your child has:

One or more symptoms in Group A 

Two or more symptoms in Group B

If you have ONLY one symptom from Group B please keep your child at home until:

  • 24 hours after symptoms have improved without the use of fever-reducing medication


WHAT TEST WILL MY CHILD HAVE DONE?

  • There are different types of Covid-19 tests.  Consult your child’s PCP for guidance.

  • The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Viral test is highly accurate for detecting current infection

  • The Rapid Antigen test is less reliable than the PCR Viral test 

WHERE SHOULD I TAKE MY CHILD TO GET TESTED?

  • Contact your child’s doctor or your insurance provider for information on testing sites or click on the following link to find a site near you: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

    • Some testing sites do not require a doctor's order 

    • Some testing sites accept walk-in patients 

    • Some testing centers are also FREE for those without health insurance 

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

  • Isolation is required for 10 days from the start of symptoms (or if asymptomatic - from the date of positive Covid-19 test) 

  • Symptoms and fever must be resolved for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine before returning to school

  • Contact tracing will be done to determine any individuals that may be ‘Close Contacts’ 

  • We ask parents and staff to report all positive results to the school. We are contacted by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), however, they may be delayed, therefore, it is critical that parents or staff inform us as soon as possible

WHAT IS ISOLATION?  

  • Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home

    • Stay at home in a specific “sick room” or area and use a separate bathroom (if available)  

    • Do not share personal household items, like cups, towels, or utensils 

    • Keep a face mask in place and physical distance from all other family members and pets when it is necessary to be out of the room

    • Monitor health and seek emergency care immediately for any serious symptoms of illness   

  • CDC - Isolation Information 

HOW DOES CONTACT TRACING OCCUR? 

WHO IS A CLOSE CONTACT? 

  • Anyone within 6 feet of someone who is positive for Covid-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated REGARDLESS OF WEARING A MASK

  • CDC - Close Contact Information 

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS A CLOSE CONTACT? 

  • Quarantine is required for 14 days after isolation from the positive case or from the conclusion of the isolation period. This occurs even if they test negative during the quarantine.

  • Asymptomatic siblings and household members of close contacts do not need to quarantine, but we ask parents to monitor their health.

  • School officials and ACHD will notify all those identified as close contacts.

WHAT IS QUARANTINE?

  • Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has Covid-19 away from others.

    • Stay home.  Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of Covid-19. 

    • If possible, stay away from people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from Covid-19.

  • CDC - Quarantine Information  

DAILY WELLNESS CHECK

  • Please continue to monitor your child’s health every day before attending school in person. 



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