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Hempfield Area High School on Wednesday began a two-day closure after additional students tested positive for covid-19, according to district leaders.

High school students will participate in remote learning today and Thursday. The decision to temporarily close the school came after district administration was informed of additional high school students testing positive for the virus and being at school while infectious, according to Superintendent Tammy Wolicki.

In all, there are eight active cases at the high school, according to an online covid-19 tracker.

In the district, there are currently 12 active cases, all of which are students. In addition to the cases at the high school, one is at Fort Allen elementary, one is at Harrold Middle School and two are at West Hempfield Middle School. Since Jan. 1, the district has had 146 total cases, of which 112 were students and 34 were staff, the tracker shows.

According to a letter posted on the district website, closing the high school will provide an opportunity to mitigate spread of the virus and allow staff to complete contact tracing.

Students will return to in-person learning Friday.

According to the letter, students who attend the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center can continue to attend in-person classes at the New Stanton-based school. District transportation will be provided through alternate routes posted on the high school website. Students are also able to drive themselves.

Extracurricular activities, athletic practices, games and events are canceled Wednesday and Thursday.

Free breakfast and lunch is available for students at the high school between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Technology support is also available at the school during those times.

Parents and guardians are reminded to report positive cases to school nurses, principals and to Lisa Maloney, supervisor of pupil services.

Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, mtomasic@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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