Arapahoe-Holbrook Public School District continues to focus on in-person education for our students. The reason for the recent requirement for masks is to prevent the need for other educational options like a Hybrid Model or Remote learning. We see remote learning as a last resort for students to receive an education. Therefore AHPS is not providing a remote learning option for school-aged children unless the child has a medical diagnosis that qualifies as a Section 504 medical issue.
If parents/guardians do not wish or permit their child to wear a mask while attending school, optioning out, home schooling or enrollment in an online public or private school are options. We provide an excellent education in Arapahoe and continue to work on improving but we also understand if you feel another option is best for your child.
In Discussion with the SW Health Department, staff who tested positive did not have direct contact with anyone in the district with exception of one individual who's parents were notified. Since staff have been required to wear masks and the use of sneeze guards in the classroom we have done our best to protect our students. With the increased risk, the requirement for everyone to wear masks is an important safety measure. The health department will contact anyone who has been identified as having direct contact.
Thanks and stay well,
Today, October 8, 2020, Arapahoe-Holbrook Public School has three staff members with confirmed cases of COVID-19, a fourth staff member who has symptoms and is in quarantine and a fifth who had direct contact in the building and has been quarantined. We also have a number of students who are quarantined due to direct contact who have been or who are currently quarantined.
The Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department has set the Risk Dial for Furnas County in the Orange/High Risk category due to the increase in cases. Based on this information and for the best interest of our students and staff, the following will be implemented.
EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020:
We know our students interact with their friends and others outside of school but the role of district leadership is to provide a safe environment for learning while they are our in our care.
We thank you for your cooperation.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Perez or Dr. Griffith
Here is the recent news release and Risk Dial information from our health department.
October 5, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Myra Stoney, Health Director, email@example.com, 308-345-4223
COVID-19 Community Risk Dial Moved to Orange
The COVID-19 Community Risk Dial for the week of October 5th is orange, meaning residents of southwest Nebraska have a high risk of contracting COVID-19. The risk level was raised due to an increase in community spread across several counties and higher demand on the healthcare system.
Moving to orange, Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) strongly recommends everyone wear a mask in public and wash hands and surfaces often. Limit travel and work from home when possible. High-risk and vulnerable individuals should avoid public places.
SWNPHD had 63 new cases of COVID-19 reported September 29th to October 5th at noon. A breakout by county includes: Chase – 11; Dundy -1; Frontier – 3; Furnas –10; Hitchcock -9; Keith – 6; Perkins – 1; Red Willow – 22, and no cases this week reported in Hayes County. This brings the totals for the health district to 289 cases with 190 cases recovered. Many of these recent cases are related to outbreaks in Red Willow County and Chase County and are a result of direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person.
“The higher numbers of cases and deaths in the last few weeks highlights the importance of separating those who are sick from the rest of the public,” states Melissa Propp, RN Public Health Nurse. “Please stay home if you have any symptoms--don’t wait until you feel ‘sick enough’ to stay home. It doesn’t take severe symptoms to pass it on; if you have mild symptoms you still spread the virus, and you may spread it to someone who cares for a vulnerable person.”
SWNPHD recommends anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 get tested and stay home while waiting for results. COVID-19 symptoms may include one or more: loss of taste or smell, “sinus infection-like symptoms”, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever, loss of appetite, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue, muscle aches, head ache, chills and shaking. Anyone waiting for COVID-19 test results is required to self-isolate, so that no one else is exposed while they are waiting.
After someone tests positive and self-isolates at home, anyone else who lives in the home is required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
COVID-19 information is available at CDC.gov and swhealth.ne.gov. You can also follow SWNPHD on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. SWNPHD serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins, and Red Willow counties. SWNPHD is located at 404 West 10th St (1 block north of Arby’s) in McCook.
To be inline with the recent guidance from the Nebraska Health Department and the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department, the COVID-19 message for Arapahoe-Holbrook Public Schools has been updated. Here is a link to the updated message.
Based on the recent Southwest Nebraska Public Heath Department (SWNPHD) Directed Health Measure (DHM) dated September 21, 2020, the Arapahoe-Holbrook Publlic School District is legally required to follow the SWNPHD Guiltiness.
These guidelines are based on the SWNPHD Risk Dial located. Information on the risk dial is found on their website at the following link: