Community Day School announced that it would close its campus at noon on Thursday, Sept. 17 after learning that someone who was last present on campus on Sept. 11 had tested positive for COVID-19.
The individual testing positive was instructed to isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days, according to an email distributed to the CDS community.
“Out of a preponderance of caution and until we receive further guidance from the ACHD (Allegheny County Health Department), we will be closing our campus today at 12 p.m. as an early dismissal for all staff and students,” read the email, signed by Avi Baran Munro, head of school. “Students will be bringing home books, devices, and other materials they may need in the event we have to move to a CDS@home environment.”
CDS is working with the ACHD to ensure that those who are known to have had direct exposure to the person who tested positive are contacted. A 14-day home quarantine will be mandatory for those who were in close contact with the person who tested positive.
No non-essential visitors are allowed on the CDS campus from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., pursuant to a new policy implemented this year.
“The health, safety, and well-being of our community is our top priority, and we are carefully following our COVID-19 protocols with direct guidance from the Allegheny County Health Department and medical experts,” said Munro in an email to the Chronicle. “We are in close communication with our entire school community, appreciate the partnership with our families, and wish a quick and speedy recovery to the individual affected.” PJC
— Toby Tabachnick