Over the past fourteen school days, 17 students have been infected at the elementary level, 14 at the middle school level and 30 at the high school level, according to the district’s COVID-19 tracking data.
“If you are monitoring our positive COVID-19 case dashboard, you know that the number of those infected with COVID-19 within our school community has risen recently,” school administration officials wrote in a letter to Central Bucks families Wednesday morning. “In fact, Central Bucks is experiencing the highest number of positive infections in a single week since the start of the school year.”
As cases mount across multiple schools simultaneously, it can hinder the Bucks County Health Department’s ability to perform contract tracing, the district said.
“If these cases cannot be cleared, it may become necessary for the affected school to transition to all-virtual (synchronous) instruction for a period of 24 hours,” officials said.
School officials insist there is no evidence that the new cases represent in-school spread and that the district remains confident in its health and safety plan.
New COVID-19 cases were up 23 percent last week in Bucks County, marking a third consecutive week of increasing new infections. Cases are also increasing statewide, which health officials blame on coronavirus variants and fatigue over safety measures.
Meanwhile, the Central Bucks School Board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the potential implementation of modified quarantine, which allows students to continue to attend school even if they are exposed to coronavirus. The meeting will be live-streamed here and the agenda is available here. Those who wish to address the board during public comment must appear in person at the Education Services Building, 16 Welden Drive, in Doylestown.
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