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Jan Schultz | Johnson Publications
Mask-wearing is required in the Chase County Schools hallways, on busses and in other common areas on the grounds. With a Wauneta-Palisade student diagnosed last week with COVID-19, school officials here believe precautions like masks in large groups will help in efforts to avoid the virus.

CCS remains free of in-school COVID cases

    While a few students at Chase County Schools have been exposed to COVID-19 elsewhere, the school remains free of positive cases where exposure happened in school.
    Supt. Adam Lambert said that was the situation on Monday, as he learned of the first student with a positive case at nearby Wauneta-Palisade School.
    “We have had zero cases in school,” Lambert said Monday.
    However, since the start of school Aug. 19, six CCS students have been quarantined for 14 days after being exposed to COVID-19 elsewhere, he said.
    In addition, he said one CCS student participating in summer weight training tested positive. That student’s contact information, as well as that of students he/she came in contact with, were relayed to the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department, he said.
    And, that’s how CCS will respond if and when a student at CCS tests positive for COVID, he said.
    Wauneta-Palisade follows a different path. The W/P administration notified all parents of students last week of the positive case via an automated call to their homes.
    The CCS reopening plan on its website states, “The district will not send out information concerning positive cases within the school due to  the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) laws.”
    Lambert said they don’t want to create any panic.
    “And, we are taking the position that we can’t release medical information,” he said.


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