West York Area High School closed until Thursday due to COVID-19

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch
West York Area High School in West Manchester Township, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert

West York Area High School is closed to students Tuesday and Wednesday after recording a rise in recent COVID-19 cases. 

West York Area School District officials announced the closure in a letter issued Monday, after the building recorded four COVID-19 cases in the previous 14 days. The school will reopen to students Thursday.

All other West York schools are open for in-person instruction. The district closed its middle school twice this month because of COVID-19 cases, but both closures were limited to the weekend so students did not miss class days. 

The state Department of Education recently relaxed safety guidelines for schools, shortening the recommended closure period to as little as two days for buildings in counties with substantial virus transmission. 

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At least 18 other local schools have temporarily closed this month due to COVID-19. Last week, Mount Wolf Elementary and Spring Forge Intermediate in the Northeastern School District closed for several days, as did Susquehannock High School in Southern York County, Hannah Penn K-8 in York City and Red Mill Elementary in West Shore.