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Hastings Public Schools continues same COVID precautions in place since fall

Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 4:16 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2022 at 8:36 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Since September 2021, the Hastings Public School District has taken a traditional and analytical approach to COVID precautions.

Those traditional approaches have been in the form of hand sanitizer and social distancing. According to their website, HPS encourages social distancing at all times even during recess times.

When it comes to hand sanitizer there is a container in each room of the HPS buildings.

As for that analytical approach, as opposed to imposing a blanket mask policy, they look at the numbers.

If 12% of students in a school come down with an illness, then they will impose a mask policy for that building.

HPS said there is no plan to get rid of the policy.

“No, nothing that had changed lately has changed the way we have planned to operate at this time,” HPS Superintendent Jeff Schneider said. “We try to work very closely with the health officials and of course the CDC has changed some of those (guidelines) outlined lately. We’ve shared that with our staff and we try to follow those guidelines.”

Meanwhile, Hastings College implemented a mask policy in September and have kept in place this whole time.

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