Potential COVID-19 exposure sidelines Baldwin-Whitehall football for 14 days

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Action from the 2019 Baldwin-Whitehall football season. The current season has been shut down for 14 days due to potential exposure to COVID-19. (Current Photo by Jake Mysliwczyk)

By Mary Niederberger
Pittsburgh Current Education Writer

The Baldwin-Whitehall football team has been benched by COVID-19 after an adult member of the coaching staff tested positive.

The announcement comes a day after the district reported that a second grade student at  Whitehall Elementary School and someone associated with the Baldwin High School Girls Soccer Team tested positive for COVID-19.

The district started classes online on Sept. 8. On Monday, students transitioned to a hybrid system, with some days in class and others online. 

In a memo today from Superintendent Randal Lutz to the school community he said the district “took immediate action to isolate the players on the team that were in school today.” Also isolated were any teachers, staff members or other students that “serve in any capacity for the team.”

All of those slated for isolation were off campus by late morning, the memo said. 

District parents were notified by phone and letter by district officials.

Football operations in the school district are suspended for a minimum of 14 days while the players and coaches quarantine. 

No one else has been asked to quarantine at this point, according to the memo.

“While we know that the players and teachers/staff were in the school with the rest of the student body and faculty, there is no information at this time indicating a risk exists for the other students.  No player or teacher/coach has indicated having symptoms or been tested for COVID-19,” Lutz wrote in his memo. 

“As such, that categorizes the rest of the student body and faculty as “contacts of a contact.”  If you have not received personal notification, we do not believe that there was any opportunity for exposure and thus there is not additional action needed other than practicing everyday preventative measures,” the memo said. 

Lutz said “proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols were followed both today and yesterday. . 

In a memo yesterday regarding the second grader and soccer team associate, said the district started immediate contract tracing to identify anyone who would be considered a close contact of either infected individual. 

“If you have not received personal notification, we do not believe that there was any opportunity for exposure and thus there is not additional action needed,” Lutz wrote. 

The superintendent said district officials were also aware of instances where individuals in the district believe they may have been in contact with someone who has been tested for COVID-19, but results are not yet back. 

As a result, the district is requiring those students or employees to not participate or attend any district activity, including school until the test results are received. 

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