April 28, 2021
Dear DASD Families:
Unfortunately, as a continuation from Monday’s announcement, we now have 11 positive cases of COVID-19 at the Middle School/High School for people who were in school and infectious over the last fourteen days as of April 26, 2021. Additionally, Westmoreland County has been in the substantial designation during this same time. DASD will follow the updated guidance and recommendations released by the PA Department of Health and the PA Department of Education that went into effect on April 5, 2021. All of this information and guidance can be found on the DASD COVID-19 Dashboard on the school district’s website (dasd.us → COVID-19 → DASD COVID-19 Tracker).
Given the updated case count, the District must extend the temporary school closure of the Middle School and High School complex through Saturday, May 1, 2021. This extended temporary closure of five days total (Tuesday-Saturday) will allow for continued contact tracing as well as additional deep cleaning of the school building. Also, all sports and activities at the Middle School and High School, both home and away, are cancelled through Saturday, May 1, 2021. Please realize this action is the safest measure that will ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. This extended temporary closure will allow the district to reset the case count to zero at the secondary level and re-open for in-person instruction starting Monday, May 3, 2021.
Due to this extended secondary campus closure, Thursday, April 29, 2021 and Friday, April 30, 2021 will be flexible instruction days for remote learning with synchronous instruction through iTrojan for Middle School and High School students. This extended temporary closure is for Middle School and High School students which includes all DASD EWCTC students. Please know that instruction will continue as normally planned for Grandview Elementary School Thursday, April 29, 2021 and Friday, April 30, 2021.
Eric P. Curry