Confirmed Positive Case COVID-19 Dashboard

The Bensalem Township School District is committed to in-person instruction, and submitted a signed attestation that provides for the authority to continue to offer in-person instructional modes so long as the district commits to taking certain actions, as defined by the commonwealth, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among our in-person students and/or employees.

In order to continue to offer in-person instruction, the district must commit to the three C’s: 

  • CASE INVESTIGATION
  • CONTACT TRACING (performed by the Bucks County Health Department)
  • CLEANING/DISINFECTING

The commonwealth’s process establishes confirmed positive case thresholds that trigger actions designed to mitigate the spread within a school. Thresholds and suggested responses are outlined here: PDE Recommendations for Pre-K-12 Schools Following Identification of a Case(s) of COVID-19 (Read online via the PDE website.) The thresholds differ depending upon the status of COVID-19 in the county and the size of the building's population.

Once these measures are complete, a building may re-open. In addition, the Bucks County Health Department (BCHD) has assigned a priority to contact tracing investigations that are associated with confirmed positive cases within schools. As a result, we remain hopeful that our schools can remain open, or if a closure is necessary, we will reopen quickly. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), "If case investigations, contact tracing, and cleaning and disinfecting can be accomplished in a faster time frame, the length of closure time may be shortened." Once complete, the school’s 14-day rolling total resets to 0.

We realize this will present a hardship and challenge for families who must manage child-care and other matters. For that reason, we will do all that we can to help families anticipate, wherever possible, a potential closure within their school. In addition to reporting all cases within our schools, we will report our confirmed positive cases. Please see the definitions of terminology below to help navigate this new information.

NOTIFICATION OF THE NEED TO CLOSE A CLASSROOM OR SCHOOL - In the event that it becomes necessary to migrate a classroom or school to all-virtual learning for any length of time, clear communication will be conveyed by the building principal or district superintendent. 


BTSD SCHOOL BUILDING SIZES

<500 Students

Snyder | Rush | Struble 

500-900 Students

Shafer | Belmont Hills | Cornwells | Faust | Valley

>900 Students

Bensalem High School


Definitions

Confirmed Positive Case - A case that is confirmed positive through a COVID-19 test.

Onset Date - Symptom onset is defined as the date on which COVID-19 symptoms began. 

14-Day Rolling Total Cases - Confirmed positive cases reported within the most recent 14 calendar days are included in the 14-day rolling total.

  • The total only includes cases where the individual was in-person or otherwise engaged in school activities or athletics two days before symptom onset or positive test.
  • The 14-day rolling total DOES NOT include positive cases among those who are engaged in the all-virtual program (unless the student participates in-person for athletics or activities).
  • The 14-day rolling total DOES NOT include positive cases among individuals who did not participate in any in-person instruction or school sponsored activities or athletics on or after their onset date. 

Case Investigation - Bensalem staff will research close personal contacts (individuals who have come within 6 feet of a confirmed positive case for a time period greater than or equal to 15 minutes) during the time when students or employees are in school, on district transportation, or otherwise engaged in school sponsored athletics or activities. This information, along with the confirmed positive case information, will be promptly reported to the BCHD. 

Contact Tracing - Contact tracing is performed by the BCHD. For more information on contact tracing, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.

Cleaning and Disinfecting - The Facilities Department is responsible for the daily cleaning and disinfection of all district buildings according to CDC approved guidelines. This process includes daily cleaning/disinfection of all high touch surfaces (door handles/knobs, faucet/toilet handles, railings, etc.) twice daily. All high touch surfaces in buses will be cleaned at least twice daily.


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School

14 Day Rolling Total

Elementary 

 

Belmont Hills 

1

Cornwells

0

Faust

0

Rush

0

Struble

0

Valley

0

Middle

 

Shafer

0

Snyder

1

Bensalem High School

1

 

NOTE: The above chart includes only those cases within the 14 day rolling window.  Once the 14 days have past, the number will be reduced.  For the ongoing list of totals throughout the school year, scroll to the below chart. 

As you review the below charts, please keep the following in mind:

1. Cases reported here are only those incidents where the positive individual was in school, or participating in a school activity, within the two-day window of concern as defined by a “Close Contact.”
The tallies in the Co-Curricular column indicate student/staff positive cases within an athletic team/co-curricular organization where contact tracing does not involve the broader school community within the normal school day.
 
2. A "Close Contact" is defined here.
 
3. BTSD does not report (and may not be aware of) students or employees who have tested positive, but have not been in the school environment within the two-day window of concern articulated above.
 
4. Positive cases are reported here, regardless of whether the virus was contracted in school or outside of school.

 

 

Belmont Hills

Cornwells

Faust

Rush

Struble

Valley

Week of…

Staff

Students

Staff

Students

Staff

Students

Staff

Students

Staff

Students

Staff

Students

8/31/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

9/14/2020

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/21/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/28/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/5/2020

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/12/2020

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/19/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/26/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/2/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/9/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/16/2020

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/23/2020

 2

 2 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2

 

11/30/2020

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

 2

12/07/2020

 

1

1 (IU) 

 

 

 

 1

 

1

 

 

12/14/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2

 

12/21/2020

 1

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 1

 

12/28/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01/04/2021

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

01/11/2021

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

01/18/2021

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

01/25/2021

 

 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

02/01/2021

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02/08/2021

 

 

 

 1 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02/15/2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02/22/2021

 

 

2 (IU) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

03/01/2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

03/08/2021

 

 

1 (IU) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

03/15/2021

 

 

 

 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

03/22/2021

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/29/2021

 

1

2 (IU) 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

4/05/2021

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

10

14

13

6

3

4

4

 5 

 9

8

 

 

Shafer

Snyder

          BHS                      Co-Curricular

Other/District

Week of…

Staff

Students

Staff

Students

Staff

Students

 
All Schools

Staff

8/31/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

9/7/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/14/2020

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/21/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

9/28/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

10/5/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/12/2020

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

10/19/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

10/26/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/2/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/9/2020

 

 

 

 

 1

 

 

 

11/16/2020

1

1

 

 

 1

 

1

11/23/2020

 

 

2

 3

3

 

 

11/30/2020

 

 

 

5

 

2

12/7/2020

 

 

 

 

2

 2 

 

5

12/14/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

12/21/2020

 

 

 

 

 1

1

 

 

12/28/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01/04/2021

 

 

 

 

2

1

 

 

01/11/2021

 

 

 

 

 

 2 

 

 

01/18/2021

 

 

 

 

 2 

 

 

01/25/2021

1

 

 

 

 

 

02/01/2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02/08/2021

 

 

1

 

3 

 

 

02/15/2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02/22/2021

 

1

 

 

3

 

03/01/2021

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

03/08/2021

 

 1

 

 

 

 

03/15/2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

03/22/2021

 

 

1

 

2

03/29/2021

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

04/05/2021

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

Total

4

5

5

9

16

32

5

15