Abington Senior High School teacher tests positive for COVID-19

The Abington School District has announced that a teacher in the district has tested positive for COVID-19. Those believed who have had contact with the teacher are being contacted and will be asked to go into quarantine.

Below is the announcement:

The Abington School District was informed this morning that a teacher at Abington Senior High School has tested positive for COVID-19. Federal law prohibits the District from identifying the individual employee. The students and staff who may have had close contact with the teacher based on their schedules are receiving a separate notification.  Those individuals will be asked to go into quarantine.

If you are having symptoms of COVID-19, which may include fever, a dry cough, shortness of breath, and/or fatigue, contact your healthcare provider, who can also answer any questions you may have.  The MCOPH is available for phone calls every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the following phone number:  610-631-3000.

In the next few days and weeks, as testing becomes more available, and there is community spread of this virus, we expect additional reports of positive tests in our school community. This is consistent with what is happening nationally.  

MCOPH advises that simply walking through the school hallways does not constitute close contact with an infected person. As our schools are closed, additional transmission at school is not possible; however, everyone is directed to continue to practice social distancing. Stay home if at all possible, and stay 6 feet away from other people if you must leave your house. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, many times each day. Use disinfectant cleaners on high-touch surfaces, such as light switches, door handles, etc. If you start to feel ill, isolate yourself and contact your healthcare provider.

During this time when schools are closed and social distancing is being practiced, children should not be gathering for playdates, parties, sleepovers or group outings, even if those gatherings are outdoors.

This is a stressful time. Questions about your or your student’s specific health issues should be directed to your healthcare provider. Our staff members are available to assist you with other questions and concerns during the school closure. Please feel free to reach out to the Student Services department at the elementary schools or at the secondary level.  General questions may also be directed to studentservices@abington.k12.pa.us.

For more information, and links to resources including the Centers for Disease Control and MCOPH websites, please visit Abington School District’s Coronavirus Resource Center.