Coronavirus 2021

The CYSD COVID-Tracker is updated by 12PM Daily. If there are no changes, it will show the most recent update posted. The numbers included with this tracker reflect positive cases and incidents that have an impact on school attendance and/or quarantines.

COVID
Coronavirus Information for Families, Staff
Posted on 01/29/2021
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COVID-19 Update for 4.13.21
Central York School District today has confirmed two new positive COVID-19 cases at Central York Middle School, one new COVID-19 case at Hayshire Elementary School,* and one new COVID-19 case at Stony Brook Elementary School.
 
All individuals are quarantining according to Department of Health protocols. All individuals who may have been exposed have been notified directly by school administrators and will be notified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 

Please continue to notify your child’s school nurse or office any time your child or a family member is tested for COVID-19 so that we may maintain our COVID-19 tracking. In addition, please continue to self-monitor and screen your children for symptoms of COVID-19. 

Anyone showing signs of illness is encouraged to stay home from school to avoid the spread of germs at this time. 

*Please note - the new case announced today at Hayshire Elementary School was reported after it had an impact on school, therefore there are no active cases listed in the Hayshire Elementary School window. The case is reflected in the District's total number of cases and Hayshire's total number of cases for the year to date. 

Frequently Asked Questions

We encourage you to review the information below for a better understanding of the numbers reported and what they mean. If you have additional questions, please email them directly to Julie Randall Romig, Director of Communications, at jromig@cysd.k12.pa.us so that they can be addressed and shared with the group. 


What Numbers Are Reported in the COVID-Tracker?

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 that have been reported to the school district and confirmed by the PA Department of Health by 12PM the day the tracker is updated and released. This tracker also includes the number of cases year-to-date. The confirmed positive cases by building are within a 14-day rolling period. 

I Know Some Faculty/Students Who Are Quarantining But It’s Not on The Tracker. Why?

Confirmed positive cases reported in the tracker are those that occur with our faculty/staff or student population that have an impact on our schools in terms of exposures to others in school or the need to quarantine others who may have been exposed at school. If a staff member or student is exposed to COVID-19 outside of school and is quarantining as a result, the case is not reported through our tracker because it does not have an impact on our school. In addition, individuals who are quarantining due to travel are not listed in the COVID Tracker. 

Why Does The Tracker Show Zero Cases & Quarantines?

When a building or school is closed for three or more days, the Department of Health guidelines state that the active positive case count resets to 0 for their tracking purposes.


Why Don’t We Hear About Confirmed Positive Cases Right Away?

Once we are notified of a possible positive COVID-19 case, the district works with the school administrators, nurses and faculty/staff to provide the Department of Health with information so the case can be confirmed and we can begin contact tracing and communicating with any possible exposures regarding both the case & the quarantines required. Our administrators also contact any  parents/guardians of students as well as any faculty/staff who may have been exposed to notify them directly before the Department of Health contacts them. 

 

We then update our COVID-19 Tracker so that you can see the latest Year-to-Date totals and building occurrences. After all of these communications have occurred, we communicate to our faculty/staff and community the confirmation of new cases since the last update.

Do We Automatically Close When We Reach 6 Cases at the Middle School or High School?
The recommendation is to consider a short-term closure if cases are within the 6-10 range at Central York High School or Central York Middle School. Reaching the number 6 does not automatically trigger a closure. Staffing shortages can also trigger a short-term closure to in-person instruction and a switch to remote learning. We are reviewing the data and recommendations multiple times daily and will try as always to keep our faculty, staff, families and students informed of any changes to our normal operations with as much notice as possible.

Why Was A School Closed Due to a Staffing Shortage, But the COVID-19 Tracker Shows 0 Staff Quarantined in That School? 

Confirmed positive cases reported in the tracker are those that occur with our faculty/staff or student population that have an impact on our schools in terms of exposures to others in school or the need to quarantine others who may have been exposed at school. If a staff member or student is exposed to COVID-19 outside of school and is quarantining as a result, the case is not reported through our tracker because it does not have an impact on our school. In addition, individuals who are quarantining due to travel are not listed in the COVID Tracker. 

There may be staff absent due to personal (outside-of-school exposures with no impact on students or staff) or other illness or reasons. We are bound to follow certain social distancing and health and safety guidelines as a requirement of staying open for in-person instruction at this time. If we do not have the staff to ensure these guidelines are followed appropriately, we may need to close the school for one day or more until we are able to hold in-person instruction with the required protocols in place. 

Coronavirus Resources  from other sources


The following are resources that have been shared with the District and that the District has shared in an effort to help us communicate with our staff, families and community about this issue.


Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Informational Website

Pennsylvania Department of Health Coronavirus Informational Website