Plattsmouth Community Schools

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    Superintendent

    Dr. Richard Hasty

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    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Phone

    (402) 296-3361

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    PCS Superintendent Coronavirus

    (COVID-19) Update

    January 15, 2021 

    Parents/Guardians/Staff Members,

    Good evening. I hope everyone stayed safe and enjoyed the snow day.

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    I received some vaccine information from the Sarpy/Cass Health Department. Click HERE for a document that includes vaccine information for schools.

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    PCS distributed a COVID-19 vaccine survey to over 300 staff members, Board members, as well as contracted service providers for nutrition services (OPAA!) and transportation (Mid States Bus, Inc.). We received 217 responses. Among the respondents, 71.4% (155) indicated that they would opt to receive the vaccine, 10.1% (22) indicated they would decline the vaccine, 8.8% (19) indicated that they did not know and needed to check with their physicians, and 9.7% (21) indicated maybe they would receive the vaccine.

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    On the original Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Timeline, our school nurses were in Phase 1A and had the opportunity to receive the vaccine during the week of January 11. This was for school nurses only and did not include their household members unless they were part of another priority group identified in Phase 1A.

    Based on information from the Sarpy/Cass Health Department (see the graphic above), educators/school staff are in Phase IB-Tier 2 and were projected to receive the vaccine in February or Mid-March. However, the latest information is that distribution for this group might begin in March or possibly April, due to individuals 65-74 years old and those with high-risk medical conditions that were previously in Phase 1C being moved up to Phase 1B.

    As we get closer to vaccine distribution for educators/school staff, I will be working with the SCHD to develop an efficient plan for the distribution of the vaccine. The SCHD is also working on an updated vaccination timeline. A new graphic should be out soon.

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    The Sarpy/Cass Health Department (SCHD) dashboard is available at https://bit.ly/2UOksXz. As you can see from the graphic above, the second column from the right includes active cases for all residents living within each school district. This data is not limited to enrolled students and is intended to include anyone from birth to age 80+ years of age.

    If you click on Plattsmouth, you can see there are 28 active cases in our school district compared to 33 for last week. On the lower left side of the page, active cases are broken down by age group. At the bottom of the page, you can see that the page was last updated on Jan. 14, 2021.

    I believe it is important to point out that this does not account for students that option into our out of our school district, since it includes all residents that live in our school district boundaries. Regardless, the data provides a snapshot that is more informative than looking at aggregated data for Sarpy and Cass counties together.

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    We have some data to share relative to positive cases. The 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 January 15, 2021. The information includes individuals that tested positive for COVID-19 at any point during the school year.

    Students only - 3.62% (Early childhood - 0%, K-4 Elementary - 1.16%, 5-8 Middle School - 3.79%, 9-12 High School - 6.50%)
     
    Staff only (including contracted service providers for nutrition services and transportation) - 9.67%
     
    Combined students and staff - 4.66% 

    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.

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    The SCHD COVID-19 Risk Dial decreased slightly from 2.86 last week to 2.57 in the orange (high risk) level this week. I will continue to collaborate with the SCHD relative to data in our school district, our community, and the metro Omaha area.

    I meet weekly with the Sarpy/Cass Health Department when school is in session to discuss data and information from the local, state, and national levels. These meetings help inform local discussions relative to protocols in our school district.

    High school activities attendance protocols are reviewed at the beginning of each week that school is in session by high school activities director Keith Maly, high school principal Todd Halvorsen, and me. The latest update is included below. Our safety team will also be reviewing our return to school protocols late next week.

    UPDATE for the week of JAN. 18, 2021: Our most recent high school activities protocol documents are included below. If you have questions regarding the protocols, please contact kmaly@pcsd.org.

    The latest NSAA guidance for winter activities is available by clicking HERE. The updated PHS winter activities protocols are available by clicking HERE. If you have questions or concerns relative to the PHS winter activities protocols, please follow our Board of Education's protocol for addressing concerns that is available by clicking HERE. Thank you for your support of the Plattsmouth Community Schools as we strive to continue throughout the 2020-2021 school year with in-person learning, remote learning, and activities for our students. 

    Given other recent information that is available from the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html, there are some new options that can be considered for quarantine, in addition to staying home for 14-days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. A school district can consider, but is not required to implement, the new options of a 7-day quarantine (with specific conditions) and a 10-day quarantine (with specific conditions), instead of the regular 14-day quarantine. Information about these options is available at the link to the CDC website shown above.

    After considering the health and safety of students and staff members in our current environment with the novel coronavirus, several administrators and health professionals from our early childhood center, elementary school, middle school, and high school and I have decided to offer two options for quarantine at PCS. 

    We are offering the two quarantine options listed below.

    Quarantine Option 1 at PCS:

    Quarantine may discontinue without testing under the following conditions:

    -at least ten (10) days have passed since the quarantined individual's last Close Contact (see the definition in the DHM) exposure AND

    -has had no symptom development AND

    -is monitored twice daily for a fever of 100.4 degrees F or above and symptom development from day 11 through day 14 since the last Close Contact (see the definition in the DHM) exposure AND

    -wears a facial covering (such as a cloth mask) through day 14 since the last Close Contact.

    *In this scenario, the facial covering must also be worn at all times during a competition on days 11 through 14, if the student is involved in extra-curricular activities.

    Note: If the COVID-19 symptoms develop during the individual's quarantine period, the individual should seek testing. If the individual tests positive for COVID-19, then the individual moves to isolation.

    Quarantine Option 2 at PCS:

    Quarantine may discontinue under the following conditions:

    -at least fourteen (14) days have passed since the quarantined individual's last close contact (see the definition in the DHM) exposure AND

    -has had no symptom development.

    Note: If the COVID-19 symptoms develop during the individual's quarantine period, the individual should seek testing. If the individual tests positive for COVID-19, then the individual moves to isolation.

    We understand that some people might be pleased with these options, while others might have hoped for more options or fewer options. We believe these options provide an appropriate balance between quarantine and the health and safety of students and staff members. If you have questions regarding your child's current quarantine, please contact the school nurse where your child attends school.

    I also believe it is important to point out that all PCS students and staff members that are considered high-risk close contacts by the SCHD must quarantine, regardless of any exceptions that might be allowed for consideration by a DHM or the NSAA. Individuals may choose the 10-day or the 14-day quarantine. This is being implemented for the health and safety of our students and staff members at PCS. Thank you for your support. 

    I am very appreciative of the communication from our families when there is a positive case in their households. Timely communication with PCS helps everyone respond quickly to mitigate the spread of the virus and “flatten the curve.”

    On another note, our PCS Safety Team was scheduled to review our Return to School Protocols today. Due to our cancellation of classes and activities today, that review was rescheduled for the end of next week.

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    In addition to implementing the COVID-19 protocols, our faculty and staff members have been working very hard to create robust learning environments for both in-person students and remote students. This often requires additional time and preparation and adjusting the plans as we learn more in this environment.

    Originally, we added three additional teacher planning days (Nov. 30, Dec. 18, and Feb. 12) for the 2020-2021 school year. Students will not be in session on these days. I believe the additional planning days will allow teachers to continue planning robust learning experiences for in-person students and remote students in our unique COVID-19 environment.

    We are adding two more days for teacher planning. The additional planning days are Tue., April 6 and Thu., May 20 (formerly a 1/2 day for students). Students will not be in session on these days. POPS Place and BDA will not be open on these days. Please see the updated district calendar by clicking HERE.

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    Click HERE for an article from Jennifer S. Miller entitled The Courageous Now: A Lesson in Thriving During Tough Times for Ourselves and Our Children.

    If you or someone you know needs assistance with social/emotional/mental health, please contact one of our four school social workers/licensed mental health practitioners (SSW/LMHP).

    Early Childhood/Head Start: Bri Renninger, brenninger@pcsd.org
    Elementary School: Sarah Coniglio, sconiglio@pcsd.org
    Middle School: Sara Barada, sbarada@pcsd.org
    High School: Keryl Mines, kmines@pcsd.org 

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    We have some great news! Free meals for all students have been extended to June 30, 2021! Read about it by clicking HEREAs of Mon., Sept. 14, 2020, no student will be charged for a full breakfast or lunch. Seconds and a la carte (including milk) will still be charged to their accounts. This is for in-person and remote learners. Meal pickup for remote learners is now from 1-2 PM daily, with a hot lunch and cold breakfast available for any student participating in remote learning. The CACFP food program at the early childhood center/Head Start does not change right now.

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    We installed Reme Halo air purifiers to enhance our safe and healthy learning environments for our students, staff members, and anyone that visits our buildings. With the Reme Halo air purifiers, we should have some of the cleanest indoor air in the surrounding geographical area. Learn more about Reme Halo at https://www.rgf.com/products/air/reme-halo.

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    Information about COVID-19 test sites is available below.

    -Nebraska Medicine at 402-559-0041.

    -Bellevue Intermediate Care Nebraska Medicine at 402-559-7800. 6:00 PM start time. Call ahead from a parking stall on the south side by the pharmacy parking area.

    -Visit www.testnebraska.com to complete an assessment and sign up for an appointment at a drive-through testing site offered through the State of Nebraska.

    -OneWorld Community Health Center, 4920 South 30th St., Omaha, NE. Testing is for OneWorld patients with symptoms. Call 402-734-4110 for an appointment.

    -Charles Drew Health Centers, 2915 Grant Street and 5319 North 30th St., Omaha, NE.  Call 402-451-3553 for an appointment.

    -CVS Minute Clinics. Visit https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing to schedule an appointment. Locations include 14460 West Maple Road, 4840 Dodge Street, and 6901 South 84th St., Omaha, NE.

    -University of Nebraska Medical Center at 50th and G, Omaha, NE. Visit https://is.gd/sohatest to schedule an appointment.

    Let’s stay on our positive path with the implementation of the protocols. If you see a friend not following the protocols, remind them to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of physical distance whenever possible, along with regular handwashing. If you are sick, stay home. I believe we can do this together, if we remain diligent with our protocols.

    PCS does not accept a negative test result from a rapid (antigen) test. If you have questions regarding COVID-19 tests, please contact a school nurse.

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    SCHD COVID Investigation Oct 2 2020

    Screening, Exclusion, and Re-Admittance of Ill Students and Staff Members Nov 11 2020

    PCS 2020-2021 Return to School Documents

    PCS Fall 2020 Return to School Protocols

    PCS Protocol Brief Overview Document

    PCS Protocol Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document

    State of Nebraska (Governor Pete Ricketts)

    https://governor.nebraska.gov/

    Nebraska Department of Education (Commissioner Dr. Matt Blomstedt)

    https://www.education.ne.gov/

    Sarpy/Cass Health Department (Director Sarah Schram)

    https://www.sarpycasshealthdepartment.org/

    Plattsmouth Community Schools (Dr. Richard E. Hasty)

    https://www.pcsd.org/ 

    In-Person and Remote Learning 

    As a reminder, if you have concerns with your child attending school in-person, we have the option of remote learning available for you. If you are interested in remote learning, please contact the building principal where your child attends school.

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    Stay the course in Blue Devil Nation! Have a safe week! 

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    Thank you for your support of the Plattsmouth Community Schools! We WILL get through this TOGETHER! #PLATTSMOUTHSTRONG!

    Best regards,

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    Superintendent Dr. Richard E. Hasty

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  • The Plattsmouth Education Foundation awarded education grants to Kristen Allen, Emma Shaner, Marla Smith, and Becky Stoskopf. Congratulations!

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  • 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. 

     

    New Campus Parent Brochure

     

    How to pay fees in the portal

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