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Opening School in the Fall

 

  

ARTHUR COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 500

111 ELM STREET

PO BOX 145

ARTHUR NE 69142

MAIN OFFICE – (308) 764-2253

FAX (308) 764 2206

 

POST COVID SCHOOL CLOSURES – What will Arthur County Schools do next fall?

 

We all have some questions regarding the how school will be in 2020-2021, let’s be honest 2020 has not been very good to us, but we have hope that things will improve.  The pandemic has caused us to evaluate how to conduct school in the safest manner possible.

 

Currently the plan is to open school on August 14, 2020 with students attending school as normal as possible. We plan to operate in this way as long as we possibly can do so and do so safely. We will need to work together on this and I would like to know some of your concerns regarding getting back to school in our buildings.

 

One of the things you can do to help us as you did last spring, is monitor your children for symptoms, if they exhibit symptoms please keep them home. Watch for symptoms, which according to the CDC are as follows:

 

 Most common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Tiredness

Less common symptoms:

  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes

Serious symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Loss of speech of movement

 

Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.

On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 day

 

 

We may be checking temperatures for students as they get on the bus, and/or before they enter the school or classroom. Any student with a fever of at least 100 will not be allowed to attend school and should be kept home until fever free for at least 48 hours to 72 hours.  This will apply to all fevers related to illness not just COVID-19.  If your student has symptoms but no fever please keep them home and monitor for at least a day or two before sending them to school,  especially since it may take a few days to show. It may only turn out to be flu but if we keep kids home when they are sick, they get better sooner and we lessen risk to other students.

 

We are working on contingency plans in the event that we are not able to have students in our buildings for an extended period or even a short period of time.  We will try to operate in way that is as close to what we were used to before the pandemic, but with some precautions because of the pandemic.   The priority will be being able to conduct school in as safe a manner as possible and keeping staff and students healthy and at a lesser risk for any type of possible infection.

 

The biggest take away from this is that we are trying to be prepared situations that could possibly occur.  As we all know this is a fluid situation and many unknowns, and we cannot necessarily be able to plan for all the possibilities. We will be sharing the plan with you once we have it completed.    I will also be posting a survey online for parents to share some thoughts and concerns regards to restarting in our buildings, please take time to complete the survey.  

 

I am excited at the possibility of having students in our school buildings once again and I am hopeful we can have them there all year long.  More information regarding starting school will be coming.

 

Barry Schaeffer

Superintendent