CURRENT NUMBERS FOR MCPHERSON

By William

MCPHERSON – On Friday, The McPherson County Health Department Director and Health Officer, Shalei Shea (RN, BSN) released a memo detailing the School COVID-19 Risk Assessment for McPherson USD 418.

In addition to the following Risk Assessment numbers, Shiloh Vincent, Superintendent for McPherson USD 418 replied to our request for any comments about the risk assessment numbers and Friday’s meeting of the USD 418 Gating Criteria Committee and he replied with the following:

“Within USD 418, McPherson Public Schools, we believe the precautions we have in place are keeping students and staff safe and our positive cases are low as a result. Unfortunately, we saw an increase in our quarantine numbers this past week, so we will be reviewing our processes and taking steps to make needed improvements in the week ahead.”

According to the Risk Assessment the following was detailed:

HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ACTIVELY POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES = 4

  • McPherson High School has 2.
  • McPherson Middle School has 1.
  • Roosevelt Elementary School has 1

HOW MANY STAFF MEMBERS ARE ACTIVELY POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES = 2

  • Roosevelt Elementary has 2

HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE QUARANTINED BY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS = 81

  • McPherson High School has 45.
  • McPherson Middle School has 26.
  • Eisenhower Elementary School has 4.
  • Lincoln Elementary School has 2.
  • Roosevelt Elementary School has 3.
  • Washington Elementary School has 1.

HOW MANY STAFF MEMBERS ARE QUARANTINED BY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS = 6

  • Roosevelt Elementary School has 6.

HAVE THERE BEEN ANY RECENT HOLIDAYS OR KNOWN EVENTS THAT COULD CAUSE THE INCREASE IN CASES = N/A

ARE THERE ANY SIGNIFICANT OUTBREAKS IN MCPHERSON COUNTY THAT IS DIRECTLY IMPACTING THE SCHOOL SYSTEM = N/A

NOTE COMMUNICATION FROM SCHOOL (Concern, Response, Needs) = Addressing distancing in classrooms and communication between the school and families.

CAN THE SCHOOL STILL MEET COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AS RECOMMENDED IN THE KSDE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment) NAVIGATING CHANGE?

  • Discussing distancing in classrooms.

According to the McPherson County Health Department – Addressing distancing in classrooms and communication between the school and families, addressing mask usage and quarantine exemptions are current concerns and response needs when communicating with the public and families.

In addition, the McPherson County Health Department made the following recommendation:

  • Discuss hybrid learning model
  • Continue universal mask usage
  • Work on social distancing
  • Work on symptom screenings

All these recommendation have been outlined in the USD 418 District’s COVID-19 plan, Navigating Change, Executive Order 20-59 and McPherson County Health Department guidelines.

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