Wetmore school, which is part of the Prairie Hills school district in Nemaha County, will be in remote learning through at least next week because of COVID-19 cases in the district.
Prairie Hills Superintendent Todd Evans announced the change in a news release Friday. The action cancels athletic activities for the remainder of this and next week.
Evans said a district committee examines data and makes recommendations for district action in regard to COVID-related issues in schools.
The committee recommended that pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students at Wetmore continue to learn remotely through Sept. 25. Face-to-face instruction for all students not in quarantine will start Sept. 28.
“In addition to the cleaning and disinfecting conducted by our custodial staff, this Sunday a contractor has been hired to disinfect the facility,” Evans said in the release. “We are taking this additional precaution to help ensure the safety of students and staff.”
While Twin Valley League member Wetmore tackles COVID-19, Randolph-Blue Valley continues to juggle it also. The Randolph-Blue Valley Rams’ football team came out of quarantine Friday, Sept. 18, trading places with the volleyball team, which went into quarantine on Thursday, Sept. 17.
Blue Valley had to cancel its volleyball quad Tuesday and will not participate in the Wakefield tournament Sept. 26 or in the Axtell tournament Sept. 26 or at Onaga on Sept. 29.
Continued cases could threaten the location for the TVL volleyball tournament, which is Oct. 17 in Randolph. There are 13 teams in the league.
Dean Dalinghaus, Frankfort principal who heads up the TVL, said teams who have events canceled because of COVID-19 may seek competition elsewhere. Prior to the cancellation, Blue Valley was to host a quad at home next week with Wetmore, Linn and Frankfort. As a result, Linn and Frankfort will still play each other. Dalinghaus said Linn opted to play in a Wakefield tournament Saturday to make up for missed competition elsewhere.
Football teams will be less likely to make up games that may suddenly be canceled, Dalinghaus said, “unless teams happen to have the same Friday free.”
Frankfort played Wetmore Sept. 11 for the Homecoming football game and Wetmore was at Frankfort Saturday for a volleyball tournament.
“I feel our kids and coaches are doing a lot of preventative measures,” Dalinghaus said, noting they have had no cases so far.
He said the school did not need to undergo testing or self-quarantine, but that anyone not feeling well should stay home.