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Current District Metrics

Building Instructional Mode Cases Since Reopening
 ECC Hybrid since 5/7/21 1
 Elementary (2-5) Hybrid since 4/26/21 3
 Middle School  Hybrid since 5/6/21 3
 High School  Hybrid since 5/11/21 1
 Other (K-12) --- 1

The District counts posted above are 14-day rolling totals. 

Data in the table above is updated each school day prior to 4 p.m.  (Data is not entered during weekends and holidays.)

Archived District Metrics

May 28, 2021

Positive 10 1 4 3 1 1
Quarantine 128 12 78 30 7 1

May21, 2021

Positive 11 1 5 3 1 1
Quarantine 136 14 82 30 10 0

 Archived Weekly COVID-19 Stats - 2021

The two tables above are 14-day rolling totals, posted each Friday.

Current Community Metrics

 DTSD Community Data Positivity Rate Last 7 Days  Incidence Rate Last 7 Days
  21.61¹ 107.51/100K¹

The DTSD Community data above includes ZIP Codes 17033 and 17036.  These figures reflect a 7-day rolling average. The district would consider temporarily suspending in-person instruction at the secondary level if there are sustained upticks in rates and/or the figures indicate rates consistently above the established thresholds (7-day positivity rate average exceeding 35.00% and the 7-day incidence rate greater than 500/100K).

Data in the table above is updated each school day prior to 4 p.m.  (Data is not entered during weekends and holidays.)

♦ Most Recent Update for DTSD Families - AMay 6, 2021

Good Evening DTSD Families,

Earlier this week, school districts across the Commonwealth received a joint update from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  That message provides some welcome news as we continue planning for a full return next school year.  Although, according to Governor Wolf, universal face coverings will need to stay in place until at least 70% of adult Pennsylvanians are fully vaccinated, state officials have told us most current mitigation requirements faced by school districts are set to lift as we move toward summer.  Barring any set-backs, this move will give districts more flexibility and increased local autonomy in regards to mitigation efforts next school year.  We’ll be discussing this more at the May 10 school board meeting.

While there is reason for optimism, there are also still many reasons to stay vigilant and not backslide on the mitigation measures that are still in place and moving us forward.  We’re not out of the proverbial woods yet, as evidenced by the several recent temporary building closures we were required to implement – including two just this week.  With some significant school events on the horizon, it is imperative we all continue to follow the guidance of public health officials.  

Even as the Commonwealth is signaling it will be easing restrictions as of June 1, 2021, the current mitigation efforts remain in place for the remainder of this month. For example, if positivity thresholds are exceeded, we will still be required to close buildings.  And when buildings are closed, depending on the guidance provided to us by the Department of Health, there is the potential that students who attend school in the affected building (hybrid or virtual) may be precluded from participating in extracurricular activities, including athletics.  That’s not an outcome any of us desire, as many of our athletes are looking forward to postseason competitions.  Similarly, the members of the Class of 2021 are eager for senior celebratory events such as prom and, of course, graduation. The need to maintain measures like social distancing, hand washing hygiene, staying home when you are sick and following masking requirements is not only important for our older students, but our younger ones as well.  There are many traditional end-of-year activities students look forward to enjoying; disruptions due to additional COVID cases would be a disappointment.

I am so incredibly proud of how well our students, staff and our community have responded this school year.  We’ve had more than our fair share of challenges and getting to this point has been no easy matter.  Let’s keep our eyes on the prize and double our resolve that each of us will continue to do our very best to keep ourselves and one another safe and healthy these final few weeks of the 2020-21 School Year

With Trojan Pride,
Joe McFarland, Superintendent



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From the PA Department of Health

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From the Centers for Disease Control

From Public Citizens for Children and Youth


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