Kearney Public Schools updates COVID-19 Guidelines

Kearney Public Schools is implementing their own risk dial system to track COVID-19 dangers in...
Kearney Public Schools is implementing their own risk dial system to track COVID-19 dangers in the district.(KSNB)
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 3:01 PM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - In response to the CDC COVID guidelines, KPS has revised its readmittance plan. The CDC is now recommending a 5-day isolation period from the onset of COVID symptoms instead of a 10-day isolation period.  Following their lead, KPS has reduced the required isolation time from 10 days to 5 days following the onset of symptoms.

“Student wellness continues to be at the top of our priority list in our schools,” said Kent Edwards, KPS Superintendent. “COVID is a fluid situation that requires constant monitoring. We continue working with our health officials to guide us on best practices to maintain a healthy school environment while keeping our students in the classroom where they learn best.”

At KPS, students and staff may return to school from a confirmed or suspected (not-tested) COVID case when they are symptom-free for 24-hours without medication. However, in accordance with CDC guidelines, if a student returns to school from their isolation period before the 5-day period is completed, they will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the 5-day period. The 5-day period starts at the onset of symptoms.  Anyone testing negative for COVID must provide the negative test result in order to return to school mask-free.

When there is a confirmed case of COVID, KPS elementary and preschools will continue to mask all students in a classroom for the 5-day isolation period. Each new case will result in a new 5-day masking period. Parents who do not wish to mask their children may keep their child at home during a mandatory classroom masking period and the teacher will provide work packets/materials for students to complete at home.

Masking remains highly recommended at all KPS schools and events.

Alternative Learning Plan availability will expire on February 1, 2022, for PK-5 students who are concerned with the KPS masking policy, as all school-age children will have had the opportunity to be vaccinated by that date.

In the event of large illness rates, the district will continue to use the Infection Control Plan to make decisions on isolated closure for classes, buildings, or the district.

“We have been fortunate this year to be able to remain in school,” said Edwards. “Our positivity rates are low and our absentee rates are normal.”

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