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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 Dec. 7, 2020. We will continue to be in the modified hybrid learning model. Monday and Wednesday will be Group A in-person attendance days and Tuesday and Thursday will be Group B in-person attendance days. Because of professional development, there will be no school for students on Dec. 11.

Currently the numbers are:

  • 14-Day PTR: 48.3%
  • 14-day New Case Count: 1,136 cases
  • USD 308 School Staff Case Rate: 3.96%
  • Reno County School Staff Case Rate (all schools in the county): 4.34%
  • Reno County Case Rate: 2.35%

This is the eighth consecutive week that Reno County schools have been in the RED Zone.

Reno County Health Order 20-04 has been put into place. This limits mass gatherings to 10 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. Community COVID-19 testing continues in Reno County. Community tests for the next week are:

  • Saturday, December 5, 2020 Kansas State Fairgrounds, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Kansas State Fairgrounds, 4 to 7 p.m.

To ensure privacy, everyone wanting to be tested MUST schedule an appointment with Reno County Health Department at 1-844-834-3657.


Mike Folks,

Hutchinson USD 308 Superintendent