Important Updates Regarding Face Masks and Other Topics

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Greetings, Bulldog Families! We have a few important items we want to share with you.

Mask Mandate Changes

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday that it is lifting the face mask recommendation for individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccination. The Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC) announced that it is ending its emergency order at noon on Friday, May 14. That emergency order included the face mask mandate. However, CDC and CCPHC guidance continues to strongly recommend the use of face masks in our schools for those who are not fully vaccinated. Quarantine guidance for unmasked people has not changed. Unmasked students and adults who are not vaccinated will be required to quarantine for 10-14 days if they come in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Our practice throughout the pandemic has been to follow CCPHC guidelines. We are considering how the updated guidance impacts our own mitigation practices. We plan to share more details about any changes we make next week. Email with your feedback and concerns about any possible changes to our face mask policies. Please see the information below about vaccinations for children ages 12 and older. 

Vaccinations for Children 12 and Older

The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) recently authorized the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination for children as young as age 12. We respect every family’s individual decision about whether or not to vaccinate their children. The CDC “recommends COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older to help protect against COVID-19.” According to the Clay County Public Health Center, kids can pass COVID-19 along to adults, and vaccinations can help to prevent transmission. Children who have a COVID infection also have a small risk for a more serious complication called multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C. Getting vaccinated can also prevent MIS-C. Visit the DHSS COVID-19 website for more information about the vaccine and to sign up for vaccination.

Last Day of School

There are only eight more class days left until the end of the 2020-2021 academic year on Wednesday, May 26. As a reminder, we will be on an early release schedule that day:

  • Secondary schools (middle, junior and high school) – 12:20 p.m.
  • Elementary schools – 1:30 p.m.

At the Early Education Center, the last day for the Acorn Patch program will be Friday, May 21. They will follow their usual morning and afternoon schedule that day. The Forest Friends program follows the elementary school schedule and will release at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26. Puppy Pound will close at its normal time of 5 p.m. that day.

Please contact your school if you have any questions about the last day of classes.

KHS Class of 2021 Commencement

We are excited to join families, friends and staff to celebrate the Kearney High School Class of 2021 at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 16! We’re working with the team of meteorologists at 41 Action News, including Gary Lezak, to get a pinpoint weather forecast. With the information that they’ve provided, we are still planning to hold the KHS 2021 graduation ceremony outdoors at the TDR Auto Plaza Activity Complex.

Graduates have received eight tickets to distribute as they see fit. Attendees will need a ticket to sit in the home bleachers north of the field. Attendees without a ticket will be allowed entry on the visitor’s bleachers south of the field. We do recommend planning to dress appropriately for variable weather conditions. If the ceremony is forced to be moved indoors because of the threat of inclement weather, the four black tickets will be used to enter the TDR Auto Plaza Fieldhouse.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit program. This benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. Visit the FCC website to learn more.

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