Giltner Public Schools moves six grades to virtual school after COVID-19 outbreak

GILTNER, Neb. (KSNB) – Giltner Public Schools will move all students in grades seven through 12 to a virtual school starting Thursday. The decision came after several students tested positive for COVID-19.

The school became aware of positive cases in seventh and ninth grade last week and then quarantined those students. On Tuesday, they also had positive cases in the upper classes. While working with the Central District Health Department on contact tracing, it became clear that the majority of the student body had been in contact with the positive cases.

“With the majority of our children being quarantined at this time based on local health department requirements, we went ahead and quarantined the few who were also remaining to attend online learning. said Superintendent Nick Mumm. be more productive for our students and staff.

The school had a plan in place over the summer in case this happened. Teachers and staff spent Wednesday brushing up on that plan to start virtual school on Thursday.

” They are ready. They planned and had a meeting with the other staff,” Mumm said. “Our paras and everyone here, everything is ready to go. All staff are working very hard and we will be starting with regular attendance school via Zoom for 7-12 starting tomorrow morning.

The school had several safety measures in place to ensure the safety of its students. This included twice-daily temperature and symptom checks, increased cleaning, creating one-way hallways and fogging the building each night. They also recommended, but did not require, that their students wear masks.

“Giltner does not have a mask policy. It’s optional and recommended,” Central District Health Department Director Teresa Anderson said. no mask, this usually requires quarantine of the whole class. »

Although the situation is not ideal, Mumm said they are doing what they think is best for the students and they will all get through this together.

“We’re going to do what’s best for students, staff and the school district,” he said. “That’s exactly what we’re up against right now. We’re going to get through this together and continue to educate and do what’s best for everyone involved safely.

Students in grades seven through ninth will return to school on October 14. Upper class students will return on October 21.

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Perry A. Thomasson