UPSD COVID-19 Data
The Upper Perkiomen School District considers the health and well-being of our students, staff, and community to be of the utmost importance. It is with that in mind that we share this information with our school community. The chart towards the bottom of this page shows the number of active positive cases of COVID-19 among students and staff of the Upper Perkiomen School District.
When the district is notified of a positive case, administrators immediately work in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health to identify and notify individuals who may have been in close personal contact with the positive case. These individuals are required to quarantine (as outlined below) following the close contact designation, after which they may return to school/work provided they have not developed symptoms of COVID-19. "Close personal contact" is defined by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health as being within 6 feet of a positive case of COVID-19 for 15 or more consecutive minutes, with or without a mask. The building administration will also notify families and staff via email when a positive case occurs within their school community, and the information will be posted to the table below.
Families and staff must remain vigilant and compliant with District safety protocols in order minimize the risk of disease transmission in our school community. By taking these precautions, we help protect ourselves and one another.
Remember to always:
- STAY HOME if you do not pass the daily symptom checker and get tested if you experience any symptoms consistent with COVID-19
- DO NOT RETURN to school while awaiting COVID-19 testing results
- Wear your mask
- Practice social distancing
- Wash or sanitize your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your face
- Follow all Montgomery County Office of Public Health Requirements as outlined below.
COVID-19 School Exclusion Recommendations
On December 18, 2020, the Montgomery County Office of Public Health adopted new quarantine guidelines for individuals who are considered close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The guidelines allow for the 14-day quarantine to be shortened.
Therefore, UPSD students and staff who are identified as "close contacts" will now be asked to follow the new quarantine guidelines below:
- Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. Individuals completing a quarantine after day 10 should continue monitoring for symptoms until day 14.
- Quarantine can end after Day 7 if a negative COVID-19 test result is presented and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring.
- The test must be administered on or after Day 5 of the quarantine period, but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.
- Close Contacts within a household will be required to to begin his/her quarantine following the conculsion of the positive family member's isolation. This quarantine will be for 10-14 days.
If a student is identified as a "close contact" in school, the student's family will be contacted by the school and advised of the quarantine procedures. Please refer to the updated School Exclusion Recommendations for guidance on when students must stay home from school.
COVID-19 Travel Guidelines & Implications for Returning to School
The PA Department of Health has also updated its guidance for out of state travelers. Any PA resident who is returning home from locations outside the state must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in quarantine. An individual who is unable to get a test or chooses not to get a test must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in PA. An individual may quarantine for 7 days with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine.
Given that the in-person hybrid instructional model begins soon after the holiday season, which is typically a popular time for travel, we are asking our community to remain aware of the travel guidelines that are currently in place, and what that could mean for our students and staff upon a return to Pennsylvania and school. Any STUDENT/STAFF member who travels outside of PA, MAY NOT return to school buildings until they have followed the recommendations outlined above.
For more detailed information on these topics, please visit the Montgomery County Office of Public Health or PA Department of Health websites. Questions about this information should be directed to the Andrea J. Farina Ed.D, Assistant Superintendent via email email@example.com or by phone 215-679-7961 ext. 2466.
UPSD COVID-19 DATA
In accordance with the PDE/DOH attestation and guidance from the Montgomery County Office of Public Health, ALL Positive and Probable Positives will be included for public reporting and school decision making. Chart will be updated each Tuesday and Friday.
The chart documents cases of individuals who are attending face to face instruction in the buildings.
UPDATED for the week of 2/8/2021
Face to Face
Positive Cases Reported
*Used for Closure Decisions*
Face to Face
Positive Cases Reported
*Used for Closure Decisions*
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Classifications for Positive and Probable Positive Cases of COVID-19
Positive Case of COVID-19:
Confirmed laboratory PCR Positive test results.
Probable Case of COVID-19:
Meets clinical criteria AND epidemiologic linkage (Close contact** with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 disease) with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for SARS-CoV-2.
Meets presumptive laboratory evidence.
Definition of Clinical Criteria:
At least two of the following symptoms: Fever (measured or subjective),chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose.
Any one of the following symptoms: Cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, new taste disorder
Severe respiratory illness with at least one of the following: Clinical or radiographic evidence of pneumonia, Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
Definition of Presumptive Laboratory Evidence:
Detection of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) by antigen test in a respiratory specimen.
***The PDE/DOH School Closure Guidance allows for discretion in total closure time based upon case management, contact tracing, and environmental cleaning.****