Two Chambersburg elementary schools go virtual tomorrow

CHAMBERSBURG—Two Chambersburg elementary schools—Marion and Scotland—will transition to all virtual learning beginning tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 19.

“Late Nov. 18, the Chambersburg Area School District administration was notified of two positive cases of COVID-19 at the Marion Elementary School, one first-grader and one fourth- grader,” said Brian Miller, communications and marketing director for CASD. “As a result, Marion Elementary School will transition to all virtual learning starting Nov. 19 with a tentative return on Dec. 3.”

Virtual instruction will begin for all students at their regularly-scheduled time.

The school office will be open Friday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon for any student, AA or BB, to retrieve their Chromebook and personal belongings. Teachers will communicate directly with families on both the AA and BB schedules regarding continuity of education during the closure.

During the closure, all areas within the building will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, beyond the regular and extensive cleaning that already occurs daily.

In addition, school bus 906 was determined to have a confirmed case present during a route.

Also Wednesday, district officials were notified of five positive cases at Scotland Elementary School: two first-graders, one second-grader, and two fifth-graders.

As a result, Scotland Elementary School will also transition to all virtual learning starting Thursday, with a tentative return on Dec. 3.

In addition, bus M-10 was determined to have a confirmed case present during a route.

Families and students in direct contact with the students will be contacted by school building staff.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, together with Chambersburg Area School District, conducted the contact tracing investigation. Individuals identified as close contacts will be contacted by PA DoH and/or Chambersburg administration.

Close contact is defined by the CDC as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated.

The Chambersburg Area School District has multiple employees who are certified contract tracers.

If an individual is not contacted by PA DoH and/or CASD, the individual is not considered to be a close contact.