• January 2021

    Covid-19 Chart & Level of Community Transmission

    The state Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Education (PDE) recommend a Full Remote Learning Model for all schools in counties with substantial level of community transmission. Allegheny County is currently experiencing a substantial level of community transmission. 

    Since Highlands has chosen to resume hybrid in-person instruction while the county is experiencing substantial community transmission, the district must follow the recommendations to close individual school buildings that experience positive COVID-19 cases within a rolling 14-day period. The number of positive COVID-19 cases that will trigger a school closure is based on the size of the school. For the full chart outlining the DOH and PDE recommendations based on the size of the school, please visit this PDE webpage.

    In an attempt to help district families prepare for a possible school closure, the chart provides recommendations based on the number of COVID-19 cases in a school building over a 14-day period. 

    * Active Cases are defined as confirmed positive or presumed positive cases of COVID-19. 

    * This chart does not include the number of students or staff members who are quarantined due to close contact.

    * The rolling 14-day period at Highlands began on Jan. 19, 2021 when the district transitioned back to the hybrid instruction model.

    Please review specific information related to case counts and possible closures.


    Building Size

    Under the state Department of Health and Department of Education guidelines, Highlands school buildings are identified as the following:

    Medium school buildings (500-900 students)

    Highlands High School

    Highlands Middle School

    Highlands Elementary School

    Small school buildings (less than 500 students)

    Highlands Early Childhood Center


    Rolling 14-Day Period

    The rolling 14-day period began when students returned to in-person instruction – January 19, 2021.

    The rolling period for each building begins when a school records a positive COVID-19 case, therefore, the rolling periods may be different for each building.

    If a school or the district moves to virtual instruction, the rolling 14-day period resets when the school/district returns to in-person instruction.