Dec 31, 2021

Health Department watching as students return to school

Posted Dec 31, 2021 12:01 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — With the Omicron virus providing the latest surge in COVID cases, the Reno County Health Department is watching the return of students into schools closely. 

The Health Department says it will continue to work with schools to keep students in class and says schools have worked hard at just that.

“The schools have done well and they’ve done what they can,” Health Department Director Karla Nichols said. “They’ve been adaptable . . . to where you have that balance. You want to protect those kids in school but you also want to keep the kids in school, so it’s a balance.”

Nichols says the plan is to continue to leave action in dealing with the pandemic up to them with the Health Department's guidance.

“The message continues to be the same, we haven’t changed that message at all to schools,” Nichols said. “How schools adapt or what they implement will be up to the schools.” 

So far during the year just two school buildings have been closed due to COVID out of the six Reno County school districts. Plans right now are to have all buildings open for class starting next week. 

Heading into the new year, the county has less than 300 active cases of COVID.

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