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Hamburg High School

A Hamburg High School student tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the school to switch to half-day virtual instruction on Monday and Tuesday, the district announced Friday.  

A Perry Elementary staff member also tested positive. The school also will have half-day virtual instruction.

Berks Career and Technology Center will have virtual instruction as well, Dr. Stanley Shawn Gravish said in a statement Friday.

Hamburg Middle School and Tilden Elementary will have in-person instruction, and extracurricular activities remain as scheduled.

The district's Thanksgiving break starts Wednesday, and students return to school on Dec. 1.

Three lunches and three breakfasts will be available for pickup on Monday between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the auditorium entrance to the high school. The meals are available for students 18 years old and younger. To reserve meals, follow this link:

The district is working with the state Department of Health to take the steps necessary to protect the health of students and staff, Gravish said.

The district said the student was last in school on Nov. 16, and the staff member on Nov. 13.  They may not return to school until:

  • At least 14 days since the onset of symptoms. 
  • At least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • Improvement in respiratory symptoms.

Individuals who have been in close contact with the student  and the staff member will be quarantined at home for 14 days, and the district will deep clean the areas impacted as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Health. 

"We know that this is concerning news," Gravish said. "Please understand that we have prepared for this very scenario and all the appropriate steps are underway. We will continue to assess the situation in consultation with the PA Department of Health and will provide you with updates as we know more."

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