Dear Hutchinson Public School Staff and Families,

Each Friday the Reno County Health Department releases the 14-day PTR (positive test rate) and the 14-day new case average. The data released dictates the gating criteria color we follow for the coming week. COVID-19 in Reno County continues to trend upward.

Reno County is in the RED Zone for the week of Nov. 16, 2020. We will continue to be in the modified hybrid learning model.

Currently the numbers are:

  • 14-Day PTR – 37.8%
  • 14-day New Case Count – 643 cases

Reno County Health Order 20-03 has been put into place. This limits mass gatherings to 100 people, this does not include public and private business/school functions. However, social distancing of more than 6 feet is highly recommended at work, and mandated at sporting events and social functions. A community effort is needed to decrease the COVID-19 cases in Reno County and get our kids to in-person school settings.

We need to work together as a community taking measures to decrease our case counts in Reno County, so that we can move our gating metrics to Orange, Yellow or Green.


Mike Folks,

Hutchinson USD 308 Superintendent