Pottstown Middle School's entire seventh grade will move to virtual learning for the next two weeks starting on Friday, Sept. 17 the district announced Thursday evening.
An announcement posted on the district Facebook page noted that "7th grade students may not participate in co-curricular activities, before or after school during this time."
John Armato, the district's director of community relations, confirmed "we had a number of students who tested positive for COVID-19 and were found, as a result of contact tracing, to have come in contact with other students."
"Anyone who has had potential close contact exposure will have communication from the school. If you do not receive any direct communication from school personnel, then the only action you should take is to continue to watch for the symptoms sent home previously," the announcement indicated.
During Thursday night's school board meeting, Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez told the board "this is not a decision we made fast or a decision we made without counsel. We are doing our very best to mitigate all these issues. but please stop yelling at our nurses, they don't deserve it."
The announcement, reinforced by comments from Rodriguez, pleaded with parents to keep sick students home.
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The board took further steps Thursday to try to keep schools open.
With one member missing, they voted unanimously to amend the district's COVID health and safety plan to require that all staff members be vaccinated, or show proof of vaccinations.
Those who can't, or won't, will be required to get tested twice per week, Rodriguez explained.