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Upper Adams Schools Cope with COVID

All schools in the Upper Adams School District remain open as of today, as the district continues to monitor cases and follow state guidelines

Superintendent Wesley Doll said there were currently four COVID cases in the district and that 32 people were currently in quarantine out of a total of 1,700 students in the district.

Doll attributed to the success to good communications among staff members, the use of face shields and masks, practicing social distance, carefully tracking results, and following health guidelines including a rigorous cleaning schedule.

“We want to try to keep our schools open, but whether we can stay open depends on many factors,” said Doll.

Doll noted that Adams County has moved to a “substantial” level of infection.   “This has an impact on all of us, and we need to think about whether the type of instruction we’re providing is the best we can do for our community.”

Doll said the district would continue to monitor data before children return to school on December 2 to decide how to continue to provide instruction and that an announcement would be made on Monday November 30 if changes were to be made.

Doll said students would be taking laptops and other materials home with them over the Thanksgiving break so they would be prepared if it became necessary to go online.

Doll thanked the parents and staff for the excellent job they are doing and asked parents to reach out to the district if they have students who are staying home and quarantining.

“Opening these schools and keeping them open is a community effort,” said board president Tom Wilson.  We’ve had great success to date with keeping people healthy. We’re doing about all we can do at this point.”

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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