Communication and COVID-19

  • Scottsbluff Public Schools continues to be committed to student health and safety.  Consequently, we will be publishing a weekly dashboard of active and recovered cases.  In the event of positive cases of staff or students, SBPS provides notification to parents of students who may have been in contact with the individual deemed positive.  All contact tracing and direction to quarantine is given by Panhandle Public Health District Unified Command.

Quarantines and Positive Cases

  • 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.