An employee from Clark Wood Elementary School in Elkland tested positive for COVID-19.

Diana Barnes shared information about the incident in a Facebook post on the Northern Tioga School District page on Oct. 12.

“The employee was home after work on Sept. 30 (with no symptoms) and was injured. The employee returned to work for the morning on Oct. 1 to prepare for the substitute (masked and socially distancing) and left that morning; the employee has been home since the morning of Oct. 1,” said Barnes in the post.

After a week, the employee started to show symptoms and was tested. This test resulted positive.

Barnes said that the Department of Health determined it was not necessary for contact tracing within the school, to close the school, or quarantine school personnel or students.

“I am just so thankful to our communities for being proactive in watching for signs and either keeping students’ home as a precaution or for staff who are being cautious as well. Those actions help determine whether we can keep our mode of instruction or if it must be changed. Students have been wonderful about face coverings; I am so proud of them,” said Barnes.