Hastings Catholic Schools welcomes students back

COVID-19 school plan slightly altered after jump in risk level
Published: Aug. 17, 2020 at 9:11 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Students in the Hastings Catholic Schools school district begin a new school year Monday and, despite the ongoing pandemic, excitement hasn’t faltered.

Adams County is now in Level 2 of the COVID-19 risk dial, which means the protocols in place for schools become slightly more strict. As with many school districts, students and staff will be required to wear masks. However, at HCS, masks are only required where social distancing isn’t possible.

There will also be temperature checks twice per day, no visitors allowed and a large change in the way classroom seating is arranged. For a full list of safety measures you can click here.

The Chief Administrative Officer for Hastings Catholic Schools is optimistic the year can run smoothly and believes excitement is high among everyone.

“I was talking to a couple of our kids the other day and I said ‘Are you ready to get back?’ and they just shook their heads ‘We are ready, Father’ so there’s a lot of excitement as far as that goes,” Fr. Thomas Brouillette said.

The protocols are determined by the risk dial which is determined by the South Heartland District Health Department. Should the district hit the red, or severe, level then the school year will transition to remote learning.

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