WAMS student tests positive for COVID

WAYNESBORO – A Waynesboro Area Middle School student has tested positive for COVID-19, according to district officials.

WAMS students and staff who were considered exposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health have been notified and are participating in a 14-day quarantine.

During his weekly “pandemic update” Tuesday, WASD Superintendent Tod Kline said there are no cases of COVID-19 among district staff.

According to the Department of Health, those considered exposed must have been within six feet and 15 minutes or more of a confirmed case.  

“Those just passing by someone who has COVID-19 or testing positive is not considered exposed,” Kline explained.

He said proper cleaning of district buildings as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control has been completed.

“Those areas that were impacted by students that were exposed or the student who tested positive were cleaned and recleaned,” Kline said. “We want to assure everyone we are doing everything we can.”

The one positive case reflects students physically in school.

“Students who are in cyber schools, private schools, virtual schools as APEX, FVA or our Hybrid, are not included in these numbers,” Kline said. “Only those attending our schools.”

Kline said anytime there is a suspected case in the district, a process is followed.

“Please understand even though we hear there is a positive or confirmed case, we have to notify the Department of Health and they have to confirm it with us before we can count that as a true confirmed case,” he said. “As we have cases in the district, there will be some students notified that they are exposed.”

He asked families to do their part to prevent the spread of the virus.

“If you have a child that is sick, please check your child’s temperature daily. Check for fevers, chills, muscle or body aches, nausea. If you child shows those symptoms, please keep him or her home.”

He said hand-washing and face coverings are also critical parts to preventing the spread.

“If we follow these recommendations, we can have a much more successful school year,” Kline said.