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KCSD reports new cases, but remains open

MILL HALL — Although there are still staff and students with COVID-19, the Keystone Central School District has no plans to go remote.

KCSD superintendent Jacquelyn Martin sent her weekly update to staff, students and families on Friday afternoon. In it, she said there are “four confirmed, active cases among our staff and four among our students in four different schools.”

Martin said that all schools — kindergarten through 12th grade — will attend in-person learning next week, Monday through Friday (March 1 through March 5).

In the email, Martin said that parents and families should report any known cases to the “appropriate building principal.”

Because of a spike in numbers of COVID-19, Martin also warned that closures could still be in play.

“Families and staff should be prepared for any possible short-term closures for any school as per PDE/DOH regulations. Positive cases have risen this past week, so please (use) extra caution to stay safe and follow the safety guidelines,” Martin said.

The email detailed recent data for community spread (over 100 cases per 100,000 people) for the counties in the Keystone Central School District. The numbers look like this: Clinton County — 201.9 (Feb. 26), 134.6 (Feb. 19), 139.8 (Feb. 12), 189.0 (Feb. 5) and 160.5 (Jan. 29). Centre County — 127.5 (Feb. 26), 208.8 (Feb. 19), 254.9 (Feb. 12), 338.7 (Feb. 5) and 246.9 (Jan. 29). Potter County — 102.9 (Feb. 26), 66.6 (Feb. 19), 199.7 (Feb. 12), 181.5 (Feb. 5) and 108.9 (Jan. 29).

Martin also noted that has been around a year since schools were closed by PDE due to the pandemic.

“It has been almost a year since schools across the nation were closed due to the pandemic. There is talk of another waiver for PA Schools regarding the required PSSA and Keystone Exams for 2021, however nothing has been confirmed,” Martin said. “As of now, we will plan to push back our testing window later in the spring to permit more time for learning to occur. We are advocating at the state level for another waiver from the federal government and will keep you posted on any new developments.”

There will also be more food distributions on Monday, March 1 and Thursday, March 4. At that time, seven days of bundled breakfasts and lunches will be available for all children ages 1 through 18 in the KCSD community. The distribution will take place at the following locations: Bucktail High School (main entrance), Robb Elementary (main entrance) and Central Mountain High School (bus loop entrance in parking lot B). The food distribution will take place from 5 to 6 p.m.

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