Sep 15, 2021 2:09 PM

Reno County superintendents: COVID-19 not bad enough to shut buildings

Posted Sep 15, 2021 2:09 PM

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — With the closure of St. John-Hudson schools due to both students and staff contracting COVID-19, Hutch Post asked Reno County superintendents on Tuesday if closing their buildings was an option.

Cindy Couchman USD 313
Cindy Couchman USD 313

USD 313 Superintendent Cindy Couchman: It is not on the table at this given time in Buhler Schools. Our current COVID active case count is currently low enough that shutting down schools is not needed to mitigate the virus spread.

USD 308 Superintendent Mike Folks: At this time, USD 308 does not believe we have any need to shut down a building or the district. We are starting to put together a plan on action to be proactive in case of the need to shut down a building. Currently, our total positivity rate in our district is 80 positives for 5000 students and staff, which is approximately 1.6%.

Clark Wedel
Clark Wedel

USD 312 Superintendent Clark Wedel: Haven is not planning on a shut down currently. We would need to see multiple staff members be effected for this to happen. Staffing concerns could be our biggest reason for a shut down.

USD 309 Superintendent Curtis Nightingale: Our positive cases have been fairly low. Quarantines have been our issue but not to the point of a shutdown at this point, thankfully.