Pottsgrove High Principal Issues Virus Advisory Letter

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – An “individual” or “individual(s),” who apparently recently entered or occupied Pottsgrove High School, were confirmed as having tested positive for coronavirus, school Principal Dr. Bill Ziegler reported Tuesday (Dec. 29, 2020) in a letter parents said was e-mailed to high school families. It was posted by a member of the privately operated “Pottsgrove High School Discussion/Networking” Facebook group to its page.

PHS Principal Issues Virus Advisory Letter
The letter as it appeared Tuesday night on Facebook

The person or persons involved are “self-quarantined at home,” the letter stated, and “currently following the guidance of the Montgomery County Department of Health and the PA Department of Health,” it stated. He, she, or they were not identified in any way. There was no indication whether the positive confirmation applied to a student, parent, teacher, staff member, or others.

The Post called Ziegler on Wednesday (Dec. 30) morning to ask for more details about the letter, but he was unavailable at the time. District Communications Director Gary DeRenzo confirmed the letter was sent.

The potential for exposure inside a school building was anticipated by district officials and school board members weeks ago, as they publicly discussed re-opening school buildings for part-time in-person hybrid learning sessions. At the time they said such notices would be issued to keep the public informed, but should not be considered causes for alarm.

As one parent with whom The Post traded messages Wednesday noted, “It’s going to keep happening, unfortunately.” Others offered their best wishes and prayers for those potentially exposed.

The letter, it said, was only an “advisory” issued to comply with the school and district Health and Safety Plan communications protocol. “If you did not receive a communication regarding next steps to take, then you/your child was not identified as having exposure through contact tracing,” it added.

It also noted that anyone “identified as a primary exposure … would have already received additional notification and information from either the school district or the Department of Health.”

“We appreciate your ongoing understanding and patience as we continue to work together to ensure our community members remain safe and healthy,” Ziegler wrote.

Photo from the Pottsgrove High School Discussion/Networking” Facebook group