Hanover region will require weekly testing for unvaccinated employees
September 17-Hanover TWP. – The Hanover area school district will test all unvaccinated employees for COVID-19 weekly starting October 1, Superintendent Nathan Barrett has confirmed.
“It is a preventive and proactive measure” to protect students and other staff, he said.
The district elected to have the antigen test performed by a third party provided by the state Department of Health and administered every Wednesday.
If a person is positive, it will be up to the district to determine whether they have acquired the contagion inside or outside the district. “If they weren’t exposed to someone in the classroom who had the virus, we would assume they were exposed outside the district, proving it wasn’t a work-related exposure.” .
Barrett said the decision was made with the unions in the loop. “I met with all the collective bargaining units and we made this decision together.
If a person tests positive, the district will “follow health department guidelines” regarding quarantine or isolation, which may vary based on symptoms and other factors.
In an unrelated case, Barrett confirmed that guidance counselor Carla Myers was put on paid administrative leave on Tuesday after police arrested her for an alleged stabbing that allegedly took place on Saturday. The district’s website lists Myers as a counselor at Hanover Memorial Elementary School. According to state records, she worked in the district for 21 years and her salary last year was $ 84,203.