A principal of a Papillion elementary school informed parents Monday that students in a kindergarten class at the school would need to quarantine because of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the class.
Matt Hilderbrand, the principal of Patriot Elementary near 96th Street and Schram Road, sent an email to parents noting that the Sarpy/Cass Health Department “has recommended that students in Mrs. O’Leary’s Kindergarten class remain at home the rest of the week and monitor for symptoms. This was done out of an abundance of caution as there were multiple confirmed cases as of (Monday).”
Hilderbrand added, “We are navigating this at the school level and want to ensure we are working together to address the health and academic needs of the students in our building.”
Hilderbrand’s note went out just 30 minutes after the start of the Papillion La Vista school board meeting at which the board decided masks will remain optional in the district’s schools — for now.
The Papillion La Vista Community Schools board decided in July that masks would be optional for students, teachers and staff in all grade levels in the district for the start of the school year.
About 100 people attended the Monday school board meeting, and they were split fairly evenly on whether to require masks for students.
The board voted unanimously to authorize Superintendent Andy Rikli to make short-term “operational” changes in response to the pandemic, which can include masking, without coming back for board approval.
Schools in other districts have told students in some classrooms to stay home because of an outbreak of cases since the start of school.
The Millard school district finished last week with three classes of elementary students in quarantine: two at Montclair Elementary and one at Upchurch Elementary.