• August 19, 2022 

    Dear TASD Community,

    The CDC released updated COVID-19 guidance on 8/11/22 and TASD has revised guidance for students and staff accordingly. The CDC is now relying on community transmission levels to determine guidance and no longer recommends quarantine of exposed persons, regardless of vaccination status.  
    School districts are asked to continue to report COVID-19 positive case counts to the PA Department of Health each week.  TASD will continue to provide a public dashboard on the district website of reported, weekly case counts in our buildings.   

    Families are asked to notify the school nurse if a student is COVID positive to determine a return to school date.  Likewise, staff should also notify their respective school nurse if COVID positive to determine a return-to-work date. 

    While the school nurses should be notified if a student or staff member is COVID positive, based on this updated guidance, families DO NOT need to notify the school of COVID exposure or close contact. 
    We will continue to emphasize proper cough etiquette, hand washing, appropriate cleaning protocols, and improving ventilation in our buildings.  We will also continue to maintain a supply of hand sanitizer and masks to support students, staff, and visitors who wish to wear them.


    Q:  Should parents, students, and staff still screen for symptoms before sending children to school and/or coming to work?

    A:  Yes, parents should screen their children each day before coming to school and staff should screen themselves before coming to work for general signs of not feeling well.  If your child is not feeling well, exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or taking fever-reducing medication, your child should STAY AT HOME.  Normal guidelines such as being “fever free for 24 hours, etc., will apply before returning to school.  Please follow instructions provided by your health care provider, DOH, or the school nurse related to returning to school/work.

    Q: What if I am experiencing COVID-like or flu-like symptoms?

    A:  If you are experiencing COVID-like or flu-like symptoms, 

    •    Stay home if you have a fever (100 degrees or higher) or are sick.
    •    Testing is recommended, but not required.
    •    Contact your healthcare provider or the school nurse if you have questions.

    Q: What if I test positive for COVID-19?

    A:  Families should notify the school nurse if a student is COVID-positive.   Likewise, school staff members should notify the school nurse if they test positive for COVID-19 and,

    • Isolate for 5 days regardless of vaccination status or presence of symptoms.

      o    Individuals may return to school/work on Day 6 if fever-free for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving.
      o    CDC recommends that individuals wear a mask in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10).
               ▪    CDC Recommendation After Isolation - With two sequential negative tests 48 hours apart you may remove your mask sooner than day 10.  If your test results are still positive, you should continue wearing a mask and testing.

    Families should review and follow current CDC guidance if exposed.  If you would like to review this guidance with our health staff or if you have any questions, please contact our nursing offices.   

    Tyrone Middle/High School
    Tracy Miller tlmiller@tyrone.k12.pa.us
    Telephone:  (814) 684-4240  Ext.  3710
    Fax:  Middle School (814) 682-1013
    Fax:  High School (814) 684-4245

    Tyrone Area Elementary School
    Molly Mills mcmills@tyrone.k12.pa.us
    Telephone:  (814) 684-1342  Ext.  2708
    Fax:  (814) 684-2149