Dear Canon-McMillan School District Parents/Guardians and Staff,
The Canon-McMillan School District learned that additional students have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Canon-McMillan Senior High School (CMHS). This brings the total positive COVID-19 count to seven at the high school. The high school is currently temporarily closed from the previously identified cases and these additional cases do not warrant an extension to the closure. When making a determination to temporarily close a school facility the DOH and the School District take into consideration multiple factors on a case-by-case basis. In this case, four students and one teacher were identified as contacts, the students contracted the virus outside of the school setting, neither the students nor the contacts have been in the high school since Friday and there is no link between this case and any of the other cases. At this time, Canon-McMillan Senior High School is still scheduled to re-open for students and staff for the hybrid model of learning on Monday, November 9. Per our established protocol, we have been in contact with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH). Contact tracing was conducted and individuals identified as contacts were notified and directed to quarantine in accordance with DOH guidelines. We are taking all recommended steps to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Please note, we are performing daily deep cleanings in all District buildings with disinfectant mist machines.
As a reminder, anyone experiencing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 is urged to contact their primary care physician immediately and to notify the school nurse of the child’s building if there is a positive report or exposure to a positive person. For your convenience and information, the Canon-McMillan School District Screening Tool can be accessed on our website, cmsd.k12.pa.us in the Coronavirus Update Center. It provides detail on signs and symptoms of COVID-19. It’s also important for us to once again highlight the need for social distancing in public spaces and gatherings, wearing a mask and washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not readily available).
Please heed the warnings/advisories medical experts are sharing with gatherings of groups and visits to hot spots. Please visit the PADOH website (www.health.pa.gov) for the latest and most accurate information about COVID-19.
The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount, and we continue to follow all aspects of the District’s health and safety plan at all times. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through this pandemic. We will get through this together.
Canon-McMillan School District