Many students at Hershey Elementary School have switched to distance learning due to COVID-19 cases

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Many students at Hershey Elementary School will be taking classes virtually due to the number of COVID-19 cases, the Township of Derry School District said on its website.

Students in Grades 2-5 will switch to distance education the week of September 27, Dr Stacy Winslow said in a note posted to the district website on Friday. She noted that COVID-19 cases in these classes had increased over the past two weeks.

The district notice says that in grades 2-5 there are “54 positive cases and 224 students and staff showing symptoms or quarantined.”

Students are expected to resume in-person classes on October 4. The district said there would be additional mitigation measures to reduce the spread of the virus during lunchtime.

“Our data so far indicates that this has been the main source of the spread of COVID-19 during the school day,” the district said.

The decision to go remotely was made in consultation with the Derry Township School Board, according to the notice.

Students should plan to follow their regular schedules and attend school virtually from 8:40 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Some other school districts in central Pennsylvania have had to temporarily switch to distance learning due to COVID-19 cases. In the Northern York County School District, the high school and college interrupted face-to-face classes and walked away for several days.

Earlier this month, the college in the Millersburg School District and the Shippensburg-area School District had to temporarily switch to distance learning due to cases of COVID-19.

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have increased in recent weeks, largely due to the rapidly spreading delta variant, health officials said.

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