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Central York High School, middle school closed for another week

Staff report

Central York School District announced that the district's high school and middle school will remain closed through Tuesday, Dec. 8.

The schools are closed because of the number of positive coronavirus cases linked to the buildings, the district said.

"This extension of our closure of the secondary schools is an attempt to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19 within our schools and facilities and in accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health recommendations," the district stated in a post on its website.

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Central York High School and middle school have been closed since Nov. 20. The district's elementary schools remain open.

High school and middle school students will continue remote learning, the district said. Winter athletics will be postponed until Dec. 9.

The district board will meet Dec. 7 to discuss guidance from the state and how best to move forward, the district's statement said.

York Suburban High School is also closed through Wednesday, as is Indian Rock Elementary School, according to the district's website.

The state issued new guidelines before the Thanksgiving holiday to help schools in counties with substantial spread of the coronavirus. 

Central York High School in Springettsbury Township, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

School districts in counties with substantial COVID-19 spread must sign an attestation form by 5 p.m. Monday agreeing to comply with safety regulations or agree to transition to fully remote learning, in accordance with an order Nov. 23 from Gov. Tom Wolf. Failure to sign the form means the district must go fully remote. 

The safety regulations  in the form include complying with a mask requirement for all students, staff and visitors, as well as complying with recommendations to temporarily close schools for cleaning based on the number of positive COVID-19 cases identified over a 14-day period. 

York County is among  59 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties with substantial COVID-19 transmissions.

At least five York County school districts have signed the attestation form: Northern York, South Eastern, West York, West Shore and Hanover. 

Dallastown Area's school board will meet Monday morning to consider signing the form.