PCS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE - APRIL 16, 2021

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PCS Superintendent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

April 16, 2021

I hope everyone had a great week. We have approximately five weeks left in the 2020-2021 school year. Stay the course!  

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We do not have an updated risk dial from the Sarpy/Cass Health Department for this week. Current data from the SCHD dashboard is available at https://bit.ly/2UOksXz. If you click on Plattsmouth, you can see there are still 31 active cases in our school district boundaries. Keep up the great work with mitigation strategies. 

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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 April 9, 2021. The information includes individuals that tested positive for COVID-19 at any point during the school year.

Students only - 4.94% (Early childhood - 0.93%, K-4 Elementary - 1.40%, 5-8 Middle School - 5.45%, 9-12 High School - 8.60%)

Staff only (including contracted service providers for nutrition services and transportation) - 12.67%

Combined students and staff - 6.28%

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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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.

 

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Directed Health Measure (DHM) April 14 2021

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

PCS Return to School Protocols

PCS Spring 2021 Outdoor Activities Health and Safety Guidelines

*We are in the process of developing guidelines specific to 2021 PHS graduation. After we receive approval from the SCHD, we will post the guidelines here.

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 (Superintendent Dr. Richard E. Hasty)

https://www.pcsd.org/ 

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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.

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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.

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Let’s continue to be vigilant in our effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Thank you for your support of the Plattsmouth Community Schools. #PLATTSMOUTHSTRONG

Best regards,

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Superintendent Dr. Richard E. Hasty