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MCHS closed for cleaning

More virus cases: more virtual classes

Sentinel photo by BRIAN COX
A decal on the walkway in front of the entrance to Mifflin County High School reminds students to remain at least six feet apart while a sign on the door warns people with symptoms of illness to avoid entering the facility. MCHS is the latest Mifflin County School District building forced to temporarily close due to having too many COVID-19 positive tests within it. On Monday, MCHS joined Strodes Mills Elementary School and Mifflin County Junior High School as schools forced to shutter for a few days just this week. The Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology also had to temporarily close this week due to COVID cases among students and staff.

From staff reports

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County School District announced yet another one of its buildings would close for a few days due to the number of positive COVID-19 test results among students and staff.

This time, it is Mifflin County High School. MCSD said on Monday the building would be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and that students would engage in remote learning for those days. The building is tentatively slated to reopen for in-person instruction on Friday.

The district said it is following revised guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which also suggests extra cleaning during any building closures. For the guidelines to take effect, at least six students or staff at the school must be known COVID positives.

MCSD said in a separate letter Monday, that there are 21 active positive COVID cases within the district as of just after 11 a.m. Monday. There are cases at six different buildings within the district, the letter states. In addition to MCHS, Mifflin County Junior High School and Strodes Mills Elementary were closed due to too many positive tests within those buildings. The Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology also had to temporarily close due to COVID cases.

The district said there are also cases at Mifflin County Middle School, Indian Valley Elementary Center and Lewistown Elementary School, but the number of positives is not yet high enough to force closure.

All the buildings that have closed since the return to in-person instruction are slated to reopen at some point this week. Strodes Mills students return Wednesday and junior high and Academy students return Thursday, although it is not clear how the MCHS closure may affect The Academy, which hosts students from both Mifflin County and Juniata County school districts.

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