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Panther Valley employees test positive for COVID-19

Panther Valley School District has temporarily closed all district buildings after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

Superintendent Dennis Kergick released a statement Monday morning announcing that multiple staff members in the administrative office tested positive for the virus, and all school buildings will be closed through the week.

Any district events which were scheduled for this week have been postponed. Junior-senior high school students will clean out their lockers Monday June 8.

The lunch program for school-aged children has been canceled for the week.

Grief counseling sessions set up by Panther Valley Elementary following the untimely death of a student last week were canceled. The school is offering the sessions through video conferencing, with signup available online.

Kergick said some staff members are under self quarantine for the next two weeks.

The district’s statement follows:

“Over the weekend we received reports that some central office staff members were experiencing issues revolving around COVID 19. Some staff members were tested and the results were positive for the COVID virus.

“As a result of the positive test results we felt that in the interest of safety of staff, students and guests that we close down the district buildings until we can address the situation through a thorough cleaning process and provide a safe environment for everyone involved.

“We do anticipate closing all district buildings for the week and some staff members are under a self quarantine for the next two weeks.”