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The MTSD Pandemic Team is available M-F 7-3:30.

If you are returning your student with proof of vaccination, please email a copy to pandemic@mtsd.org. Your student may return to school as long as your student is healthy with no symptoms at this time.

  • Regardless of vaccination status, any person with new or unexplained symptoms of COVID-19 still needs to quarantine and test

If you are reporting a negative test result please email a copy of your negative test result to pandemic@mtsd.org. Your student may return to school if they have been 24 hours symptom free, fever free, and without the use of reducing medications and or has met quarantine requirements.

If you currently have COVID-19 symptoms and are scheduled or are waiting for results from COVID-19 testing, STAY HOME until results are returned. Result submission is required prior to return.

If you are reporting a positive test result for your student or household please leave your students full first and last name, school building, first day of symptoms and a call back number. STAY HOME to stop the spread of COVID-19. A member from the Pandemic Team will get back to you.

If you are reporting potential exposure or have been identified as a close-contact for COVID-19, STAY HOME to stop the spread of covid-19. A member from the Pandemic Team will get back to you to confirm virtual learning dates.

If you are reporting potential COVID-19 symptoms please stay home and call your Primary Health Care Provider for additional guidance and/or seek COVID-19 testing. If this is a life-threatening emergency please call 911 or visit the closest emergency department.


Following recommendations from the Department of Health, your child if experiencing symptoms may return to school when one of the following is met in addition to 24 hours symptom free, fever free, and without the use of reducing medications:

• Negative COVID-19 test (home tests are not accepted unless processed by Department of Health or PCP)

• Clinically cleared by a health care provider

• 10-day exclusion, if not testing for COVID-19 or seeking clearance from a health care provider


The MTSD Pandemic Team will only notify the staff and families identified as close-contacts or individuals exposed who require quarantine will be sent home with a letter at the end of the day.

Any student not in the school building, parent, or guardian will receive a call home from the Pandemic Team.

Current active case counts can be viewed anytime at www.mtsd.org/covid

Active Cases are defined as:

  • Active on-district cases, the individual was on district during the time they were infectious. This includes being in a district facility for school, work, or sport starting two days prior to illness onset through the last day of isolation. For asymptomatic (no symptoms) individuals, this would include two days prior to the positive test collection date.
  • Active non-district cases, the individual was not on district during the infectious period, therefore no known district impact. This includes people who are working or studying remotely and are not contact traced to have been on any district site while infectious. Non-district cases do not impact the MTSD community therefore are not reported via cascade or on the dashboard.

About the Pandemic Team

The Pandemic team is a dynamic interdisciplinary team comprised of academic, healthcare, and administrative members. This team meets weekly to review current COVID-19 data, evidence-based research, and best practices to provide a comprehensive and consistent approach to COVID-19.

Please notify the MTSD Pandemic Coordinator immediately if you or someone in your household

  • Scheduled to be tested for COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms
  • Completed COVID-19 testing and are awaiting results
  • You have a POSITIVE RESULT from a COVID-19 test (+ case)
  • You have been identified as a probable case by the DOH or Physician

Parents & Families Call : Pandemic Coordinator, Krystal Krawczyk, MHA, RN, at 814-835-5340


Pandemic Team Goals

  • Developing clear, fact-based understanding of pandemic influenza and its potential consequences to the impact of school and return to play from all key stakeholders.
  • Plan and prepare for issues and risks of pandemic related situations.
  • Establish identifiable benchmarks related to district size following guidance from PDE, CDC, and DOH for COVID-19 active cases and remote learning.
  • Continue to monitor and respond to updated guidance by PDE, DOH, and CDC to maintain the districts the needs for the Health & Safety Plan as well as the Return to Play Plan.
  • Provide community base education for best efforts on mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in school, on the field, and in the community to remain in face to face education.
  • Continued monitoring of Erie County and MTSD COVID-19 IR and PCR data to assess implications for current school learning mode and considerations for temporary virtual learning to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • Monitoring students and staff for exposures, quarantines, and isolation in collaboration with Erie County DOH. Notifying MTSD of any MTSD positive cases and additionally individually notifying any close contacts.
  • Reassessing the phase of learning and the potential for additional in-person learning based off of COVID-19 evidence based research and following state guidance
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IU5

Throughout the Pandemic planning, all superintendents from Intermediate Unit 5 (IU5) have been working with the executive directors to remain as consistent as possible for our students, families, and community.

Superintendents throughout the IU5 recognize return to school plans may need to be distinct and customized based on unique factors within each District, such as size for example. However, by planning collaboratively the Districts will have the ability to implement best practices learned and develop an approved Health & Safety Plan for Reopening that meets the guidelines from the PA Department of Education (released June 15, 2020).

The IU5 contains 17 area School Districts including those closest to Millcreek; Erie City, Fort LeBoeuf, General McLane, Girard, Harborcreek, Iqoquis, North East, and Wattsburg. For a full list of IU5 Districts visit:http://www.iu5.org/about-us/districts