A positive COVID-19 case within the Dallas School District community forced school officials to cancel all of last weekend’s activities, including Friday night’s season-opening football game against Tunkhnannock.
“It is very unfortunate,” said Tunkhannock Area head football coach Mike Marabell. “Especially after practicing all summer to play.”
The individual is in quarantine and has not been on campus since Tuesday, according to a statement on the district’s website.
“The district immediately contacted the state Rapid Response Center (RRC), an organization established to direct schools and coordinate efforts with the Department of Health, Department of Education and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency,” the statement reads. “The district continues to collaborate with state and local agencies to assist in contact tracing. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is in-charge with contact tracing; some individuals already known to have “close contact” are undergoing testing.”
In addition, the district plans to clean and sanitize the entire property.
The statement does not say how the positive test impacts classes.
Superintendent Dr. Thomas J. Duffy did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Dallas was the first district in the county to return when classes started Aug. 26. The district divided students into two groups. Each group goes to school in person two days a week and has online instruction three days a week.
Coach Shaw Game
On September 18, the Tunkhannock Area football team will honor the legendary Coach Charlie Shaw, in their first home game of the season with the annual Coach Shaw Memorial game. The Tigers will host Crestwood at 7:00 p.m.
Shaw tragically passed away in 2008 and many former athletes and friends established this annual contest in memory of the Tiger icon.
Coach Shaw was an outstanding athlete at Tunkhannock. He was an all-conference athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He also participated in volleyball and track.
Shaw was part of the athletic program for 40 years, coaching football (20 years), baseball (15 years), girls’ swimming (5 years). Coach Shaw started the wrestling program at Tunkhannock, which he coached for seven years, while also serving as the district’s athletic director.
Coach was an outstanding athlete at East Stroudsburg University in football, wrestling, and baseball. He is a member of the Luzerne County and East Stroudsburg Halls of Fame.
Each year, the score of the game is engraved on the Coach Shaw plaque- which is located in the Jerry Frey Weight Room. A scholarship is also awarded to a multi-sport senior athlete in memory of Coach Shaw.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be a presentation this season.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the scholarship may make a donation to Rob Shaw 2215 Dickinson Ave. Camp Hill, Pa. 17011. Checks should be made payable to Coach Charles Shaw Scholarship.
Colleen McAleer also contributed to this article.