Northern York County, West Shore close more schools due to COVID-19

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

Two more schools from the Northern York County and West Shore school districts are closed temporarily this week following a rise in COVID-19 cases. 

Wellsville Elementary, in the Northern York district, closed Tuesday after recording two cases within a 14-day period. The school will reopen Friday.

Newberry Elementary, in the West Shore district, also closed Tuesday, after recording three cases within 14 days, and it will reopen Monday. This is the second time in two weeks that Newberry Elementary has closed because of COVID-19. 

Newberry was closed to students on Friday after recording two COVID-19 cases in 14 days. The school just reopened to students Monday. 

Another West Shore school, Highland Elementary, just reopened Tuesday after a closure caused by recording two COVID-19 cases. 

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In Northern York, South Mountain Elementary is still closed and will reopen Wednesday, according to a district announcement. The school recorded three recent cases and was closed March 8 for other documented COVID-19 cases. 

According to state regulations that both Northern York and West Shore agreed to follow last year, two cases within a 14-day period is enough to warrant a temporary closure for school buildings with fewer than 500 students. 

Northern York County Superintendent Steven Kirkpatrick announced Monday that Northern High School and Dillsburg Elementary each also recorded one recent COVID-19 case. Neither school has accumulated enough cases to warrant a closure. 

West Shore has collected 10 cases across its 14 schools in the last 14 days, including the three cases at Newberry, according to the district's online COVID-19 dashboard. No other schools in the district have enough cases to warrant a closure.