COVID-19 update for January 8

Dear Hutchinson Public School 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. While we remain in the red category, since mid-December we have seen a significant drop in our Positive Test Rate in the community, but it has trended upward over the past week.

Currently the numbers are:

  • 14-Day PTR: 27.4%
  • 14-day New Case Count: 397 cases

We encourage teachers, parents, students and their grandparents who live in Reno County to be tested at the Free Community Testing Events. Log on to https://www.gogettested.com/ for more information and directions on signing up.

A continued community effort is needed to decrease the COVID-19 cases in Reno County and get our kids to in-person school settings. A mask mandate remains in place.

The chart below shows the learning model for each level of students through the end of January.

Level

Start Date with Students

Learning Model

Pre-K through Sixth Grade

Jan 11, 2021

Hybrid

Hutchinson Middle School

Jan 11, 2021

Hybrid

Hutchinson High School

Jan 11, 2021

Jan 25, 2021

Remote Hybrid

HCTEA

Jan 11, 2021

Hybrid

Note: All individual buildings have the ability to transition to remote based on staffing challenges as needed.

If you have any questions about learning models, please contact your building principal. For all other questions, please contact the district’s Administration Center.

I've also prepared a short video update on the district, which is available at https://youtu.be/CBo9oTX0D-4

Sincerely,

Mike Folks, Hutchinson USD 308 Superintendent