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MCSD: Another bus driver tests positive for virus

District hasn’t closed any buildings

From staff reports

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County School District has reported another of its bus drivers has tested positive for COVID-19.

The district posted a letter from MCSD Chief Operations Officer Vance Varner on the district website Thursday and sent it to parents via MCSD’s Skylert messaging system. In the letter, Varner explained district administration learned of the positive result at around 11 a.m. Thursday.

Varner said the driver normally transports students to Lewistown Elementary School, Lewistown Intermediate School, Mifflin County Middle School, Mifflin County Junior High School and Mifflin County High School during the morning bus runs.

In the letter, Varner said the driver last drove for the district on Wednesday morning and became symptomatic Wednesday afternoon.

The school district said it is conducting contact tracing with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to determine which students were in close contact with the driver on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Varner said all families of students determined to have been in close contact with the driver will be contacted directly by school administration or nurses.

Varner also said as the situation develops, MCSD would continue to communicate with students and parents regarding any changes.

No building closures have been announced at this time. Students were already scheduled to be off today for an Act 80 faculty in-service day.

This is the second bus driver and the fourth person overall within the school system known to have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition to the other bus driver, a staff member at Mifflin County High School and one student have also tested positive since the school year began.

As of Monday, as part of its periodic updates, the district reported only one active case of COVID-19 within the school system at that time.

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