One School, Three Academies
Plattsmouth High School is a nationally recognized wall-to-wall academy high school. Every high school student has the opportunity to participate in one of three academies located on a single campus.
ATEAM – Architecture/construction, transportation/logistics, environment/agriculture, art, and manufacturing
BEACH – Business/marketing/management, education, AV technology/fine arts, communications, and human services/hospitality
STEAM – Science, technology, engineering, aeronautics, and mathematics
Click HERE to see Plattsmouth High School's three academies listed among a group of nationally recognized career academies across the United States.
Click HERE for a brief slideshow that showcases our new career and technical education (CTE) addition to our high school campus that will support expanded opportunities for students in the culinary arts, agriculture education, woods/home construction, welding/metals /manufacturing, CNC, and auto/diesel transportation.
If you would like more information about our career academies or would like a tour of our facilities and opportunities available for your child, please contact High School Principal Mr. Todd Halvorsen (email@example.com) or Superintendent Dr. Richard E. Hasty (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you for your support of the Plattsmouth Community Schools.
PCS Superintendent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
May 7, 2021
Our seniors graduate tomorrow. Other students have eight (8) days left in the school year. Let's finish the school year on a positive note.
We have many important academic, athletic, and fine arts activities scheduled during the final four weeks of the 2020-2021 school year. One of our important events is graduation. Click HERE for the 2021 PCS Graduation Guidelines that were developed in consultation with Sarpy/Cass Health Department (SCHD) Director Sarah Schram. Thank you to Sarah for her assistance with the guidelines.
Watch graduation on Blue Devil Television (BDTV) starting at 10:00 AM on Sat., May 8, 2021. Go to https://www.pcsd.org/domain/38.
The SCHD risk dial has been updated for May 6, 2021. We are still in the moderate level. The dial includes colors and related risk levels. Click HERE for details regarding the metrics that are used in the risk dial.
Current data from the SCHD dashboard is available at https://bit.ly/2UOksXz. If you click on Plattsmouth, you can see there are 4 active cases in our school district boundaries compared to 20 for last week.
Obviously, the dashboard has yet to be updated with cases from the past few days. Keep up the great work with mitigation strategies.
The PCS data below includes positive case percentages for students and staff members in our school district since the start of the school year. The data is accurate as of May 7, 2021. The information includes individuals that tested positive for COVID-19 at any point during the school year.
Students only - 5.01% (Early childhood - 0.93%, K-4 Elementary - 2.09%, 5-8 Middle School - 5.45%, 9-12 High School - 9.22%)
Staff only (including contracted service providers for nutrition services and transportation) - 13.00%
Combined students and staff - 6.68%
If you or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to a positive person, please notify the building principal or nurse at the building where your child is enrolled in school. Prompt communication will help us respond in a timely manner to help limit the spread of the virus so we can continue with in-person learning, remote learning, and activities for our students.
1. If a student or staff member was previously positive for COVID-19, does the student/staff member still need to quarantine if he/she is determined to be a high-risk close contact to a COVID-19 positive person?
Someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 does not need to quarantine (due to high-risk exposure to a COVID-19 positive person) or get tested again for up to 3 months (90 days) as long as he/she does not develop symptoms again. Someone who develops symptoms again within 3 months (90 days) of his/her first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for his/her symptoms.
If more than three months (90 days) have passed since the student/staff member tested positive for COVID-19, then the student/staff member needs to quarantine when it is determined that the student/staff member is a high-risk close contact to a COVID-19 positive person.
Additionally, if more than three months (90 days) have passed since a student/staff member tested positive for COVID-19 and the person tests positive for COVID-19 again, the person needs to follow isolation guidance.
2. If a student or staff member is fully vaccinated (received both doses of Pfizer or Moderna OR a single dose of Johnson and Johnson), does the student or staff member still need to quarantine if he/she is determined to be a high-risk close contact to a COVID-19 positive person?
No, the student or staff member does not need to quarantine, if he/she is fully vaccinated and at least 14 days have passed since the last dose (second dose of Pfizer or Moderna OR a single dose of Johnson and Johnson). Instead, the student/staff member will be in the “self-monitor” category, which involves wearing a mask for 14 days from the date of exposure and monitoring for symptoms. If the individual experiences symptoms during the self-monitoring period, he/she will need to quarantine.
*A student or staff member must provide a copy of his/her COVID-19 vaccination card to the school nurse in order to self-monitor in lieu of quarantine. A staff member should also provide a copy of his/her vaccination card to the human resources manager.
3. If someone tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies, does the person need to isolate or quarantine?
Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), unvaccinated persons who have tested antibody positive within 3 months before or immediately following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and who have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure do not need to quarantine in low-risk situations.
*The person must provide a copy of official test results showing positivity for COVID-19 antibodies.
4. What quarantine options are available to students and staff members at PCS?
Our school district has been offering the 10-day and 14-day quarantine options for students and staff members. However, our PCS safety team decided on April 22, 2021 to offer the 7-day quarantine option as well.
Therefore, PCS is now offering the 7-day, 10-day, and 14-day quarantine options for students and staff members. If you have questions, please contact the school nurse.
The requirements for the 7-day quarantine are included below.
1. At least seven (7) days have passed since the quarantined individual's last Close Contact exposure.
2. The quarantined individual has had no symptom development.
3. The quarantined individual receives a negative COVID-19 test that was collected no earlier than 5 days since the quarantined individual's last Close Contact exposure.
4. The quarantined individual continues to self-monitor for symptom development through day 14 since the last Close Contact exposure.
5. The quarantined individual wears a facial covering through day 14 since the last Close Contact exposure.
*Our directed health measure (DHM) from May 5, 2021 includes an option for school-aged individuals to monitor in lieu of quarantine, IF they appropriately wear a face covering or mask for 14 days following high-risk exposure AND practice social distancing (at least 6 ft.) AND self-monitor twice daily for fever and other symptoms for fourteen days and have no symptom development.
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide six feet of physical distance throughout the entire school day for all students. Per guidance from the SCHD Department, we are continuing with our current COVID-19 protocols.
State of Nebraska (Governor Pete Ricketts)
Nebraska Department of Education (Commissioner Dr. Matt Blomstedt)
Sarpy/Cass Health Department (Director Sarah Schram)
Plattsmouth Community Schools (Superintendent Dr. Richard E. Hasty)
PCS and OPAA! plan to offer free summer meals for students in June and July of 2021. Meals will likely be grab-n-go and will need to be picked up by the front door of our middle school during the summer. More details should be available later in April.
If you are interested in receiving free summer meals for your kids, please click HERE and complete the survey. This will help us start getting an idea of the quantity that will be needed this summer and inform planning for the distribution of meals.
Vaccine information is included below from the SCHD. If you have questions about vaccines relative to you or your child, please consult your physician.
Sarpy and Cass residents at least 16 years of age are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. To receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you must be at least 18 years old on the day of your appointment. To receive the Pfizer vaccine, you must be at least 16 years old on the day of your appointment. Anyone under the age of 19 who wishes to receive a COVID-19 vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the time of the vaccination appointment. You can view a list of community vaccinators at www.sarpycasshealthdepartment.org/myturn, and view the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program clinics at www.vaccinefinder.org.
A flyer from the SCHD for juniors and seniors in high school (and their parents) is available by clicking HERE. If you have questions, please consult your physician.
Additionally, the director of communications for the Papillion La Vista Community Schools prepared some information for dissemination by school districts served by the SCHD. Click HERE for a document that lists a variety of vaccination clinics for students that will be held at various schools located in Sarpy County and Douglas County. If you have questions, please consult your physician.
Let’s continue to be vigilant in our effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Thank you for your support of the Plattsmouth Community Schools. #PLATTSMOUTHSTRONG
Superintendent Dr. Richard E. Hasty
Campus Parent Portal will have a new look beginning July 9th. When you log into your parent portal it will look different. See below for instructions on how to navigate through your new portal. Remember to download the new app. The old app will be removed from the app store soon.
If you still need to register your student, click on the tab For Parents then Infinite Campus. Once you have logged into your portal, select “MORE” from the dropdown menu on the left-hand side of your portal page to access the Online Registration link. Click on “Online Registration” to begin.