Frequently Asked Questions

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Quarantines and Positive Cases

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    Effective December 4th, all SBPS Schools will be following the new Nebraska Directed Health Measure (DHM) regarding student quarantines. The information regarding the new DHM is listed below. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Panhandle Public Health Department for more information or further clarification. 

    Quarantine may discontinue without testing under the following conditions:

    • At least ten (10) days have passed since close contact exposure AND
    • No COVID-19 symptoms have developed and the person self-monitors for COVID-19 symptoms and wears a facial covering through day 14 since last close contact.
    • If a mask cannot be worn (for example during sports), student/staff member may not participate in that activity (through Day 14)

    Quarantine may discontinue with testing under the following conditions:

    • At least seven (7) days have passed since close contact exposure, no COVID-19 symptoms have developed AND 
    • Results of a diagnostic specimen test (PCR or ANTIGEN - NOT ANTI-BODY) is negative that was collected no earlier than five (5) days since last close contact exposure AND
    • The person self-monitors for COVID-19 symptoms and wears a facial covering through day 14 since last close contact.
    • Proof of a negative test is on record with Panhandle Public Health District prior to return to school.  Documentation can be submitted at:  https://nalhd.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_574FEzWFqAxdzdr  
    • If a mask cannot be worn (for example during sports), student/staff member may not participate in that activity  (through Day 14)

    Students and staff continue to have the option of a full 14-day quarantine at their discretion.

Reopening and In Person Classes

  • How will “local health conditions” be assessed and by whom?

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    • Scottsbluff Public Schools will use PPHD Risk Information specific to the Scottsbluff/Gering Community to guide decisions made at the indivdual school level.
    • Responses will be continually monitored and adjusted based on criteria that includes total community conditions, presence of infection and quarantines, the ability of the school to respond to those conditions given scheduling, grouping and other logistical considerations.
    • Changes to tiered responses will be made at the individual school level with District approval when circumstances warrant.
    • The collaboration with medical professionals, PPHD and State/ local officials is an essential component of all significant decisions.
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  • How will parents and students know the current risk level of a school or the District?

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    Each building will have its individual risk level as well as that of the District prominently displayed and available online.  Any change in risk level (up or down) will be communicated to parents and the community in a manner that provides sufficient notice and explanation.

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  • How is the school working to provide a safe environment?

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    Fiscally prudent safety enhancements and improvements are being made to each facility. Examples include sneeze guards, bottle fillers, electro-static commercial sprayers, isolation rooms for symptomatic students, additional temporary para position at each school to address Covid-related needs, additional health clinic staff, additional thermometers and PPE. All procedures and schedules are being reviewed with multiple contingencies and alternatives.

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Health Protocols

  • Are there times students won’t be required to wear a mask?

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    Students are expected to wear a mask whenever indoors and distancing is not feasible; whenever not engaged in an activity requiring physical exertion or heavy breathing (such as sports, playing a musical instrument or singing); or whenever not eating or drinking. Pre-K students will not be expected to wear a mask.

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  • What will visitation look like? Will parents be able to come to the school for events and meetings?

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    Staff will be dedicated as appropriate to screen and monitor all outside visitations. Because all of our schools already have monitored entrances, the school day will continue to be protected. The District Security Team will lead this effort. Depending on the current risk level visitors may be limited or prohibited.

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  • What screening will occur for students, staff, parents, visitors?

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    We are currently planning on daily temperature and symptom screening for students. All students will be temperature screened using touchless thermometers in a predetermined class during the school day - typically, at the start - depending upon school schedules and logistics. This will avoid creating a potential bottleneck at the front door and/or compromising general security protocols. Risk levels will be prominently displayed outside each building.

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  • Will masks be required?

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    Scottsbluff Public Schools is requiring masks for all staff members and students in grades PreK-12. Schools are planning designated mask breaks throughout the day at all levels. Masks will be provided upon request for all students and staff.  

    As we focus on keeping students and staff safe and in school as long as possible, masks are a critical factor. In the event that a student at school tests positive for COVID-19, wearing masks is a key factor in determining what other students and staff need to be quarantined or removed from school and activities. Masks will help keep students and staff safe, keep students in school, and keep our schools open!

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School Operations

  • Will there be safe lunch service?

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    This continues to be a primary challenge and school teams are examining alternatives with our Food Service Company, Taher Inc., to safely and reasonably feed students.  Based upon risk levels schools will employ strategies such as assigned seating, adding food serving lines and locations, adding additional tables, serving in the classroom and individually packaged meals as needed.

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  • What will happen with bus service?

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    Because distancing is not possible on buses and the importance of transportation to our families, all buses will operate as usual with students required to wear masks.

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  • Will there be an After School Progam?

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    When school is in session for the full, traditional day, the After School Program will be held at all usual locations.  Schools are planning on a staggered release from the classroom to the After School Program to ensure proper distancing.

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School Programming