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Masks, social distancing optional at Kearney Public Schools

Kearney Public Schools is going green for its COVID-19 Risk Dial, starting Monday.
Kearney Public Schools is going green for its COVID-19 Risk Dial, starting Monday.(Kearney Public Schools)
Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 5:16 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Kearney Public Schools is turning the COVID-19 Risk Dial to green based on the new Center for Disease Control guidelines sent out this week.

Starting on Monday, May 10, 2021, at all KPS facilities:

  • Masks will be recommended but optional, except when required because of close contact. (See below)
  • There will be no limits on attendance at events.
  • No temperatures will be taken.
  • Social distancing is optional.

Additional guidance for students who have had close contact with a symptomatic person(s) as outlined by the DHM is as follows:

“For School-Aged Individuals who have had close contact with a person(s) who has developed or during the 48 hours prior to the person developing one or more of the following symptoms: a sudden onset of a cough, sudden onset of shortness of breath, or sudden loss of taste or smell; or who has developed or during the 48 hours prior to the person developing two or more of the following symptoms: a fever of 100.4 or above, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or fatigue or with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or during the 48 hours prior the person testing positive for COVID-19 whichever event occurs earlier, may meet the following conditions in lieu of quarantine*:

  • wear a face covering or mask for 14 days following exposure AND
  • practice social distancing AND
  • self-monitor twice daily for fever and other symptoms listed above for fourteen days and have no symptom development”

Students who become symptomatic themselves will isolate (stay home) from school until they are symptom-free for 24 hours.  This practice is consistent with historical protocols for students who are sick or who become sick at school.

“We are excited to see our student’s faces again,” said Dr. Kent Edwards, Superintendent of Kearney Public Schools.  “Thank you to our parents and students for being patient with our health measures during this past year.”

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