Seven positive COVID-19 cases reported at six schools

The school district has learned that seven members of the Penn Manor community have tested positive for COVID-19. Below is a message from Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter with more information.

December 1, 2020

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the school district became aware of seven individuals from these Penn Manor schools who tested positive for COVID-19: Hambright Elementary (1), Central Manor Elementary (1), Penn Manor High School (2), Eshleman Elementary (1), Marticville Middle (1) and Pequea Elementary (1). The individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with these individuals in the school setting have been notified.

    Penn Manor High School will continue remote learning this week. In-person learning will continue at the other schools at this time.

    As a result of these positive cases, Penn Manor has taken the following actions:

  • Contacted the PA Department of Health for further guidance
  • Cleaned and disinfected locations visited by the individuals who tested positive
  • Identified individuals who had close contact with the infected individuals and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about the individuals is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members of our school community.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home from school if he or she is feeling ill for any reason. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, loss of taste and shortness of breath. Muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue also are common. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult with your family medical provider immediately.

    Please continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and wear a mask in public, including in school. We face this challenging situation together, and we are grateful for your continued support of our school district.

    For additional information about COVID-19, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website or Penn Manor’s COVID-19/Reopening Updates page.

Sincerely,

Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools