Rooks County has seen a decrease in new COVID-19 cases throughout the county. This week the absenteeism rate is at 1.3% above the baseline from 2019-2020. The positive testing rate is at 13.5% this week. Rooks County is starting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and will follow the Kansas Vaccination Phases. Rooks County has moved into Phase 2. If you are interested in getting on the list to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please call the health department or your primary care physician.
Rooks County School Districts have done an excellent job of minimizing the spread in our schools. We appreciate all the efforts of the staff, students, and community members. Several employees and county residents have received the vaccine and many are signed up to receive it when it becomes available. This is all great news; however, we must remain vigilant about minimizing the spread of the virus. Please continue to wear your masks, social distance, practice good hand washing/hygiene, and avoid gatherings.
School districts will continue in-person for the week of February 8-12, 2021. If there is any adjustment required to the learning setting due to concerns in the schools, we will update your family quickly following a decision.
At this time all of the schools in the county are planning to allow up to four spectators per participant if the nature of the event allows us to do so. The districts will make this determination per sport/event. In addition, each district throughout the state will have their own policy for entrance. Please check prior to attending the event. Districts may have stricter policies based upon facilities and local health guidelines.
The Rooks County School Districts encourage all spectators to follow the regulations as presented in each district. The current policy will be monitored closely and will change as needed. Face masks and social distancing are required at all times and at all events. Children attending an event must sit with their parent/guardian. We ask spectators to only attend the events their students are participating. Should we see an increase in the spread or if spectator attendance becomes unmanageable, we will not be able to continue with four spectators. We are working hard to ensure all contests are live streamed. If possible, we encourage fans to watch the event virtually.
We ask you to do everything you can to help us keep our students in school and our community in a healthy place. We are thankful to live in a county where we take care of one another. It is a great day to be a Kansan.