PCS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE - July 23, 2021

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PCS Superintendent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

July 23, 2021

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Thank you to everyone that provided input relative to our 2020-2021 COVID-19 protocols and items for consideration in the development of our 2021-2022 PCS Plan for Safe Return to School.

On July 1, 2021, our safety team met to review data and input relative to COVID-19. Over 20 members of our safety team discussed diverse opinions and developed our plan for safe return to school.

Thank you, again, for your input. It was helpful for drafting our plan. Please click the link below to access the plan. On Mon., July 5, 2021, we are implementing the green level of our protocols. Click the link below to access our plan for safe return to school.

2021-2022 PCS Plan for Safe Return to School

Stay tuned to future COVID-19 updates for any changes. Click HERE to provide feedback relative to our 2021-2022 PCS Plan for Safe Return to School. Thank you for your support of the Plattsmouth Community Schools! 

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As we approach the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, we are starting to receive COVID-19 information from the Sarpy/Cass Health Department. Click the links below for information that originated from various sources.

1. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services - Novel Coronavirus: Schools Guidance

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools

3. Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors - Updated Recommendations to Limit COVID-19's Impact On Schools

Stay tuned to future Friday updates from the PCS Superintendent as more information becomes available to us. I anticipate having additional information from the SCHD to share with you next Friday. Thank you, again, for your support of the Plattsmouth Community Schools.

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Beat the heat this summer with these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click HERE for a pdf version of the document. 

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We do not plan to offer remote learning in the 2021-2022 school year. We have been exploring the possibility of offering a virtual program for the last several years. If we offer virtual learning in the future, there would be an application process and specific requirements that would have to be met in order for a student to be approved for entrance into the program. If we pilot such a program at some point in the future, it is likely to only be available for 11th and 12th-grade students that are on track for graduation. 

 

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The last update for the SCHD risk dial was on June 24, 2021. It appears that the COVID-19 risk dial has been removed from the SCHD website.

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Current data from the SCHD dashboard is available at https://bit.ly/2UOksXz. You can see that Plattsmouth is not even listed as having active cases right now. There are zero (0) active cases in our school district boundaries compared to 1 for last week. Keep up the great work with our mitigation strategies.

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The PCS data below includes positive case percentages for students and staff members in our school district from the start of the 2020-2021 school year through the end of the school year. 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.

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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! are offering free summer meals for students in June and July of 2021. Grab-n-go meals will need to be picked up by the front door of our middle school each day from Monday through Friday between 11:15 AM and 12:30 PM.

If you are interested in receiving free summer meals for your kids, please click HERE and complete the survey.

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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.

We do not plan to host additional vaccination clinics at PHS. If you need to schedule a second dose, please use the resources below to schedule your appointment or contact the Sarpy/Cass Health Department toll-free at 800-645-0134.

Sarpy and Cass residents at least 12 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 the receive Pfizer vaccine, you must be at least 12 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

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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