Prairie View COVID-19 cases force cancellations, quarantines

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

LA CYGNE – A significant number of COVID-19 cases last week forced the

Prairie View volleyball team to postpone volleyball games scheduled last Thursday, Sept. 2, with Osawatomie and Central Heights. PVHS will host Osawatomie on Sept. 30 and the school is working to reschedule with Central Heights.

The school had enough football players to play the season opener against Santa Fe Trail on Friday. However, Jayhawk-Linn High School, which had its own outbreak last week, was forced to cancel it season opener at Arma because of COVID-19,

Current COVID-19 numbers were published on Prairie View’s website on Friday. The number of confirmed positive students was 19, and confirmed positive staff was fewer than five. (Due to the possibility of identification, numbers below five are reported as fewer than five.)

The total number of students in quarantine is 123, with 108 of those participating in modified quarantine with testing. Under the test-to-learn modified quarantine protocol, students and staff who are exposed to someone who has contract the virus can remain in the classroom, masks required, unless they test positive for COVID-19.

District Superintendent Rex Bollinger said Prairie View was just awarded a grant for testing supplies and received 2,000 testing kits. The district has budgeted for 13,600 test kits for this year, as well as an extra school nurse, which added $68,000 to the budget. There is also funding available to the district from Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds.

Bollinger said he is writing a budget for the third round of ESSER funds through the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). According to the KSDE website, The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted on March 27, 2020, and included ESSER funds for K-12 schools.

The ESSER grants will provide school districts with emergency relief funds to address the impact COVID-19 has had elementary and secondary schools.”School districts must present the budget to be approved by the state board of education, and once it is approved, KSDE awards the grant, which can be used in 16 areas for spending, according to Bollinger.

Then the district has 72 hours to spend the funds, and report on how they are spent to KSDE. The 72-hour window has been updated from the previous reporting period of 30 days.

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