The start of school is being delayed for students in the Pioneer Regional School Corporation due to a case of COVID-19.

The start date is now Aug. 24.

The district announced the change on its Facebook page and Twitter account Thursday afternoon and had sent a memo out to parents earlier.

The memo, from Superintendent Chuck Grable, states that a Pioneer Elementary teacher has tested positive for COVID-19, and before showing symptoms and getting tested, the teacher had met with several staff members, exposing them.

Those staff members need to quarantine until Aug. 20 because of the potential exposure, the letter states.

Only the elementary staff has been affected, but all schools will be delayed.

However, Pioneer Junior/Senior High School sports and other extracurricular activities will continue.

Besides having the first student day moved to Aug. 24, other academic happenings have been pushed back.

The elementary virtual Meet Your Teacher Night, the Pre-K and Kindergarten Open House and the Junior/Senior High School virtual open house will all be moved to Thursday, Aug. 20.

The teacher work days will be Aug. 20 and 21.

This delay will also affect the school year

“Due to this delay, we will need to build eight days back into the school calendar,” Grable states. “We are currently working to make those adjustments.”

The district plans to release the updated calendar “in the near future,” according to the memo.

Those with questions should contact Grable or the student’s principal.

Reach James D. Wolf Jr. at james.wolf@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117

Twitter @JamesDWolfJr

Reach James D. Wolf Jr. at james.wolf@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117

Twitter @JamesDWolfJr

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