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Scottsbluff Public Schools to Make Masks Optional

Scottsbluff Public Schools to Make Masks Optional

 

On May 6 the State of Nebraska released new Directed Health Measures with guidance for School-Aged Individuals and Educational Workers.  After review of the Health Measures and conferring with Panhandle Public Health District, all Scottsbluff Public Schools will make masks optional when the PPHD Risk Dial is in Yellow or Green status.  This is effective as of May 7, 2021.  As per the health measures, students who have been identified as close contacts will be required to wear a mask for a 14 day period following exposure.  Families may still send their child to school in a mask should they so choose. 

The new health measures have changed the quarantine requirements for schools as follows:

For School-Aged Individuals who have had close contact with a person(s) whom has developed or during the 48 hours prior to the person developing one or more of the following symptoms: a sudden onset of a cough, sudden onset of shortness of breath or sudden loss of taste or smell; or whom has developed or during the 48 hours prior to the person developing two or more of the following symptoms: a fever of 100.4 or above, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or fatigue or with a person whom has tested positive for COVID-19 or during the 48 hours prior the person testing positive for COVID-19 whichever event occurs earlier, may meet the following Conditions In Lieu of Quarantine*:

o appropriately wear a face covering or mask for 14 days following exposure AND
o practice social distancing AND
o self-monitor twice daily for fever and other symptoms listed above for fourteen
days and have no symptom development

*If symptom development occurs within the 14 day quarantine period or Conditions In Lieu of Quarantine, please refer to Isolation instructions in the Directed Health Measures.


More information on the Nebraska Directed Health Measures is available here:  https://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/COVID-19-Directed-Health-Measures.aspx