Mars schools report more cases

All buildings except high school are open

November 18, 2020 Cranberry Local News

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A second case of COVID-19 in Mars Area Middle School has been announced, according to a report posted on the district's website Monday.

Two middle school students now have cases of coronavirus, although the district hasn't indicated they're connected.

The first middle school student, reported last Thursday, hasn't been in school since Nov. 5.

Also posted Monday was a notice that two more high school students have tested positive for COVID-19.

Mars Area High School has reported seven cases to date, although some of them are no longer active.

In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Health's guidelines, those who have been in close contact — within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes — with the infected individuals have been notified with exact exposure dates.

Students haven't been on high school property since Nov. 10, when the district decided to move high school students to livestream interactive (LSI) instruction through Dec. 1.

District administration anticipates returning to in-person instruction Dec. 2, although this might change depending on case numbers and county transmission rates.

In addition to the seven high school and two middle school cases so far reported by the district, a primary center student in October also reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

This brings the district's total student cases to 10 since school started in September.

Mars Area Centennial and elementary schools have not reported any cases among staff or students.

Appropriate quarantines are being implemented, according to the district.

All school buildings except the high school remain open and operational at this time.

Further information about district status can be accessed online at

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