After state updates ‘close contact’ definition, New Hampton high school decides to fully reopen

A couple of weeks ago, New Hampton Schools Superintendent Jay Jurrens told the New Hampton Tribune that the high school would be continuing their ‘hybrid model’ – which involves 50% of high schoolers coming to class and 50% working from home on a daily basis. New Hampton was going to continue this model because the rooms were not big enough for entire classes to properly social distance. 

That was until the state released new guidelines for what is considered a ‘close contact’ in schools. Basically, if everyone is wearing a mask, only positive cases need to quarantine. Using this new rule, New Hampton schools decided to open the high school fully:

“New Hampton High School will be returning to full in-person learning on Thursday, October 1st.  The Iowa Department of Public Health released new guidance today on mask wearing and quarantine.  We feel with our current low rates (we don’t report numbers when it’s below 5 and district-wide it’s well below 5) and this new guidance, we can safely bring back all students to the high school at this time.  

With the new guidance, wearing masks is as important as ever, so we will continue to wear them when we cannot social distance.  Everyone has done a great job at keeping our students and staff safe.  It will be good to have everyone back together on Thursday.“


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