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October 12, 2021 | District Updates Mask Guidelines For 2021/22

Updated Ooctober 12, 2021

The following was sent directly to all Westside parents, staff, and WHS/West Campus students on October 12, 2021.

 

WESTSIDE:

We are thankful to be wrapping up a successful 1st quarter of school this week.  Thank you for your support, patience, and flexibility as we do all we can to keep our students and staff in school in a safe manner as we continue to navigate confirmed cases and quarantines due to the ongoing pandemic.

We are extending our K-12 mask policy on all campuses for two more weeks through Friday, October 29th.  We will continue to analyze our internal data, as well as community-wide data in the coming weeks, and will make an announcement on/around October 26th about whether masks will be required or optional in November.  We will remain in close contact with medical experts at Nebraska Medicine/UNMC, the Douglas County Health Department, and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, among others.

As you will see with the data below, we have seen a small decline in cases throughout our school district over the past month.  All of these numbers are also posted in the COVID-19 section of our website.

Total Confirmed Cases within District 66:

                                                              Students        Staff      TOTAL

  • Week of August 16-22                        18                3           21         
  • Week of August 23-29                        35                6           41
  • Week of August 30 – Sept 5                26                3           29
  • Week of September 6 – 12                  20                3           23
  • Week of September 13 – 19                19                0           19
  • Week of September 20 – 26                14                5           19
  • Week of September 27 – October 3      10                6           16
  • Week of October 4 – October 10          13                3           16

*** We already have eight (8) confirmed cases for this week of October 11th

 

Total Confirmed Cases of school-aged children throughout Douglas County according to DCHD Dashboard:

                                    ages 0-4      ages 5-9      ages 10-14     ages 15-19

  • August 7th               26               45                 67                 53
  • August 21st              58              74                  83                71
  • Sept 4th                   70             117                119               118
  • Sept 11th                 44              96                 108                92
  • Sept 18th                 37              86                  84                 66
  • Sept 25th                 33              72                  78                 55
  • Oct 2nd                    45              83                  75                 68
  • Oct 9th                     28             56                  53                  48

We continue to weigh many different factors, to include a combination of the following:

  • Number of confirmed cases within our school district decreasing instead of increasing by week on a consistent and steady basis.
  • Number of quarantines within our school district decreasing instead of increasing by week on a consistent and steady basis.
  • Number of total confirmed cases per 100,000 residents per week decreasing instead of increasing by week within Douglas County.
  • Number of total school-aged children with confirmed cases per week decreasing instead of increasing by week within Douglas County.
  • Access to vaccinations for our elementary-aged students allowing their families to make decisions as to whether or not the vaccine is something they want for their child(ren).

 

Best Wishes, 

Mike Lucas