Pittsburgh’s Colfax K-8 closed after spike in covid-19 cases

Colfax K-8 in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill will be closed through Friday due to a spike in covid-19 cases, school district officials said.

The school closed on Tuesday after covid-19 cases exceeded the school’s 5% threshold for closing, sanitizing and masking.

As of Monday, there were 33 cases among Colfax students and staff in the previous 14 days, representing at least 5% of the building’s students and staff, according to the Pittsburgh Public Schools Dashboard.

No one can enter the Beechwood Boulevard school building until Friday to allow time for cleaning and disinfecting. All events and activities are canceled until the end of the week.

When the building reopens, students, staff and visitors will be required to wear masks until May 23, officials said.

Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 closed Monday for three days as covid-19 cases exceeded the 5% threshold. The downtown Pittsburgh school will remain closed through Friday and face masks will be required through May 20.

Both schools operate via distance learning.

The rise in cases comes about a week after Pittsburgh Public Schools dropped their mask mandate — one of the last districts in the region to do so.

Masks for the most part will remain optional as long as Allegheny County remains at a low level for the spread of covid-19, as per federal guidelines.

The original proposal called for reinstating the mandatory masking policy if the county reached the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s benchmark for high level of covid spread. Council member Jamie Piotrowski offered to restore it if the county reached a moderate level of covid spread, and the council passed his amendment by a 5-3 vote.

Megan Guza is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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