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Butler school district reports 86 active COVID-19 cases

September 13, 2021 News Extra

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The Butler Area School District had a total of 86 active cases of COVID-19 among students, staff and faculty on Monday.

The district’s COVID-19 online dashboard listed 34 cases at the senior high, 22 at the intermediate school, seven at the middle school, 11 at Emily Brittain Elementary, seven at Broad Street Elementary, three at Northwest Elementary, and one case each at McQuistion and Summit elementary schools.

Superintendent Brian White said all cases are reported to the state Department of Health, and any potential school closure would occur upon a recommendation by the department.

White said some students are refusing to comply with the state mask mandate in all public schools.

Those refusals also are reported to the health department, White said.

The automatic school-closure threshold of 5% of a school’s student population having COVID-19 means the high school, which educates 1,500 students, would need to see 75 cases of the virus to close without a recommendation by the department, White said.

Read more in Tuesday's Butler Eagle.

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