School: Small gatherings causing spread

Friday, December 11, 2020

McCOOK, Neb. — Students gathering together outside of school is causing an uptick in the number of quarantine cases at McCook Public Schools.

According to the school district’s website (, a “sizable” number of students are in quarantine at McCook Public Schools due to “peer interaction.”

The peer interaction is taking place in small social groups after school and on weekends where one of the students or supervising parent has been infected with COVID-19, according to the MPS “COVID-19 Resource and General Health Page.”

The school district reported 49 staff and students currently in quarantine, on its “MPS COVID-19 Tracker.”

Students can miss up to two weeks in school in quarantine. Virtual learning will available for students in quarantine.

The school district also stressed the importance of wearing a mask. “If your student must interact with peers outside of school, please make sure to have your students and their peers mask up if they cannot social distance.”

Total active COVID-19 cases at McCook Public Schools is five as of Thursday, with 49 staff and students in quarantine.

COVID-19 numbers at the four schools in the district are:

McCook High School: one active case, 33 recovered, 13 quarantine.

McCook Junior High: two active cases, 20 recovered, six in quarantine.

Central Elementary: one active case, three recovered, 10 in quarantine.

McCook Elementary: one active case, nine recovered, 20 in quarantine.

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  • 44 kids are missing school because of the virus. Social distance, wear masks when around others, wash your hands often.

    -- Posted by dennis on Fri, Dec 11, 2020, at 5:26 PM
  • The school should follow their own advice and stop allowing maskless sports practices and games. In PE classes kids always have masks under their noses and the school does nothing.

    -- Posted by cq22 on Sat, Dec 12, 2020, at 10:36 AM
  • The schools are NOT the problem. Yes, there is peer interaction but seriously? Let's look at the parents and their activities. Also, the non-existence of cleanliness rules at home. Do parent REALLY wear masks at home, or sanitize before making supper, not hug, social distance?

    Just like everything else in life, it starts AT HOME. It's not the schools issue.

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Tue, Dec 15, 2020, at 1:11 PM
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