March 12, 2020
We have received several inquiries into our response to future mass gatherings such as Mini-Thon. Please know that we acknowledge and take all concerns regarding spread of the COVID-19 virus seriously. We have been keeping abreast of the current travel ban placed on the U.S and other countries in the Presidential Address last evening. At this time there has been no direction to cancel large events or mass gatherings locally. As this challenge continues to unfold, we are aware many venues across the country such as colleges and athletic events have chosen to close or cancel. As of this school wide communication there have been no reported or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Dauphin County.
While to our knowledge there are no confirmed cases and no specific directives from the Department of Health or CDC for our area, we would like the community to be aware that we have been working with the Diocese of Harrisburg for guidance concerning our preparedness plans. Diocesan officials are currently in communication with the Pa Department of Education moving forward to continue discussions concerning directives for local schools. The PIAA has begun postponing state competitions as well. The PIAA has not provided guidance to local Athletic Departments, however Bishop McDevitt will be postponing all extra-curricular activities and sporting events which require competitions with any athletic teams outside of Dauphin County. At this time we will continue sporting events with athletic teams within Dauphin County. Please be aware that these events could change rapidly as more information becomes available daily or the status of COVID-19 infection in Dauphin County changes. At this time the decision to cancel Mini-Thon has not been determined but a decision will be made tomorrow at the conclusion of scheduled meetings. Mini-thon and mass gatherings being postponed at this time is very possible. We are having a conference call with the Diocese on Friday morning to discuss management of events. We will continue to update our school community as information becomes available day by day and hour by hour. Thank you and God Bless.
Vincent Harper ‘92
Dr. David Gardiner