Allentown School District Closed for Cleaning, Employee Being Tested for Coronavirus

Written by on March 12, 2020

Allentown School District Closed for Cleaning, Employee Being Tested for Coronavirus

By Jen Rehill

March 12, 2020

All schools in the Allentown School District and the Easton Arts Academy are closed today and tomorrow amid concerns around the coronavirus. Multiple sources are reporting the Easton case is related to a student’s travel to New York.

And in Allentown, WLVR’s Jen Rehill reports more than 16-thousand students will be out of school following news that a sick employee is being tested for coronavirus.

In a letter posted to the Allentown School District website last night, Superintendent Thomas Parker said all schools would be closed for the rest of the week for a “thorough cleaning of facilities. 

This follows news that a district staff member “who presented with symptoms” was being tested for COVID-19.

Parker noted that while there are no known or reported cases of coronavirus in the district, the closure is being done out of an abundance of caution, and to ensure the safety and wellness of students and staff.

Schools are currently slated to re-open on Monday, March 16th.

The superintendent said he remains in contact with the Allentown Health Department and state health officials, and that updates will be shared with the community as he learns more. 

Host out (optional): The Allentown District is the latest in eastern Pennsylvania to close due to coronavirus concerns. Some schools in Delaware, Bucks and Montgomery counties have also been closed in the past week.

For a full list of our reports and resources, visit WLVR.org/health.



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