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Coronavirus Disease Information

Dear Parents and Families,

The emergence of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in China and its spread to other parts of the world has generated a great deal of news and questions over the last few weeks.

At Hastings Public Schools, we want to assure families that we are taking precautions and that we have protocols in place to respond to any outbreak of communicable diseases within our schools.  We will work closely with the South Heartland District Health Department as they monitor the situation and we will follow their instructions. 

Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious.  If parents or guardians seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise.  Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people stay healthy.  

Here are some ways to protect your family. Fortunately, these steps are the same that you would take to prevent the flu, the common cold, and other respiratory illnesses:

  • Keep your children home when they are sick or if they have a temperature of 100° F.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in your trash, or use your elbow/sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

We have provided some informational fliers.  These fliers are what we will be using to teach our students at school and you can use these to discuss with your children at home.

You can also get more information from the following:

South Heartland District Health Department
1-402-462-6211 or Toll Free: 1-877-238-7595

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention

We will follow our protocols and continue to communicate with families by email, social media, and our HPS website if there are any changes or concerns. Thank you for helping us keep our students safe and healthy!

Jeff Schneider
Hastings Public School Superintendent