COVID-19 Update: Masks Required

Due to a recent influx of reported COVID-19 cases, all Spring Creek High School students must wear face coverings beginning Friday, January 14. Please read our letter to parents concerning the procedures for this declared outbreak.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) performs primary COVID-19 disease investigation and contact tracing for all schools within Elko County. Based on the volume of positive COVID-19 cases reported and results of disease investigation efforts, these officials have deemed Spring Creek High School to be experiencing an outbreak.

Per Nevada Declaration of Emergency Directive 048, “...if a school-wide outbreak of COVID-19 is identified by local health officials in any school, a universal face covering policy shall be implemented immediately for ALL students in the school building where the outbreak occurred until the local health authority determines that the outbreak is closed.”

Effective January 14, 2022, all Spring Creek High School students, regardless of vaccination status, must wear face coverings when indoors and when utilizing ECSD transportation. The only exceptions are those students who can produce documentation from a qualified Nevada-licensed medical professional that they are exempt in accordance with subsection three of section seven of Directive 24 or when actively eating and drinking.

SCHS will maintain this requirement for a minimum of 28 calendar days, which is two (2) 14-day infectious cycles. We may close the outbreak designation, even if there are new cases during the 28-day period. DHHS will continually monitor new positive cases within Elko County School District to determine if a new positive case is school- or outside-related.

In addition to universal mask-wearing, DHHS requests that all schools, regardless of outbreak designation or not, follow mitigation measures highlighted in Directive 048 Full Guidance: 2021-22 COVID-19 Guidelines for Prevention and Outbreak Control in School Settings.

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