Carlisle School District going online for November

Carlisle/West Shore

On Sunday it was announced in an email from the Carlisle Area School District superintendent that all schools within the district will be closing down all school buildings through Monday, Nov. 30.

The school district has had ten positive confirmed cases of coronavirus over the past six days while other test results are still pending for those who have multiple COVID symptoms.

“We recognize this short-term closure impacts our families,” says Superintendent Christina Spielbauer. “It is our goal that by closing buildings for two weeks and shifting to remote learning, we will be able to reduce the number of cases in our District and our overall community.”

In-person classes are projected to be back on Dec. 1.

Many parents say they should have been given more notice, as well as teachers caught off guard.

“It’s been very very challenging and very frustrating and a lot of it is because of poor planning by the school district and their administration,” said parent Marc Thorne.

Cumberland County had 466 new positive COVID-19 cases for the week of Nov. 6-12.

In that time period, the PCR positivity rate was 9.2% and the incidence rate per 100,000 residents was 185.3.

Guidelines from the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Education say school districts in counties with 100 or more incidents per 100,000 residents or 10% or higher positivity rate should operate fully remotely.

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