Sayre Area School District will be closed on Monday, October 12, after it was announced that a staff member at H. Austin Snyder Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.

A staff member at the high school was also exposed to COVID-19, according to a district official.

“I know that this news is concerning,” Superintendent Dr. Jill Daloisio said in a statement. “Please understand that we have prepared for this and the appropriate steps are being taken by SASD staff and supporting agencies. We will continuously assess the situation, maintain contact with the PA Department of Health, the Rapid Response Team, and keep our school community updated as we receive guidance and additional information.”

The closure was recommended by the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Education, as Bradford County’s transmission rate has been deemed “substantial.”

“This closure will allow public health staff the necessary time to complete case investigations and contact tracing,” Daloisio’s statement said. “Additionally, this will provide the necessary time for the SASD Administration to monitor the situation and make decisions on the next steps based on current data.”

Daloisio said further information would be announced on Monday.

Contact tracing is currently underway, and students and staff members that need to quarantine will be notified.

The district had previously announced preparations in case it would have to move to a hybrid-learning model.

There have been a total of 76 cases of COVID-19 in the Sayre Zip Code.

Towanda Area School District closed after someone contracted COVID-19 several weeks ago, before reopening later that week.

Ryan Sharp can be reached at rsharp@morning-times.com or (570) 888-9643 ext. 231. Follow @RealRyanSharp on Twitter.

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