MOQ COVID-19 Update

Monday, November 8th

COVID-19 Snapshot August - November

We wanted to take this opportunity to provide a COVID-19 update. Last week was challenging, with 8 confirmed cases in 48 hrs, requiring us to quarantine the majority of 5th grade due to three positive cases in one core group.

Before diving into the numbers, we want to thank you, parents, for partnering with us. We appreciate the cooperation your families have provided us. We recognize that our ability to communicate and to partner together is essential as we navigate through COVID-19. Thank you for your support as we continue to provide a healthy and productive school year for our students, staff and families of MOQ.

To maintain our progress, please continue to adhere to MOQ's COVID protocols. A continual review indicates that the Douglas County Transmission rate remains high. We are hopeful that with the opportunity to expand vaccination among 5-11 year olds, the positive COVID-19 numbers in both our city, as well as our community, will decrease and we will move to a mask optional policy for our school.

Click On the Graphic Below For More Information About The DCH COVID-19 Transmission Risk

COVID-19 Numbers for MOQ School

Weekly COVID Update for MOQ School on Monday, November 8th

Number of positive COVID-19 in our school and staff: 13

Number of school and staff members at home in quarantine: 58

YEAR TO DATE COVID data for students and staff:

Students tested positive: 28

Staff tested positive: 1

Students quarantined: 157

Students exposed and allowed to remain in school due to masking: 219

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Reminder-2021 COVID Protocols

MOQ School follows guidance from the Douglas County Health Department health department.

DCHD School guidelines include:

  • If there are 1 or 2 positive COVID cases in a classroom while masking, close contacts may stay in school, monitoring symptoms and wearing a mask on the MOQ campus
  • If there are 3 positive COVID cases in a classroom within a 14 day period, the entire class will quarantine for 10 days following their last exposure and monitor symptoms for 14 days.

Steps for COVID Exposed and NOT Vaccinated

  • If students are identified as a close contact through an at-school exposure and while wearing a mask, they can return to school. They must self-monitor for symptoms and wear a mask at school, recess, sports, and for 14 days. If they were not masked, they must quarantine for the recommended number of days.
  • If students are identified as a close contact through an at-home exposure (and unmasked) they may test for COVID on days 5, 6, or 7 and with negative test results, return to school on day 8 if symptom-free, and wear a mask.

Steps for COVID Exposed and Vaccinated

If students and staff members are exposed to COVID-19 and vaccinated, they may follow guidelines to mask at school for 14 days and they may return to school and monitor symptoms for 14 days.

Symptoms to watch for include:

● Any of the following: sudden onset of cough, sudden onset of shortness of breath, or sudden loss of taste or smell, OR

● Two or more of the following symptoms: a fever of 100.4 or above, runny nose, congestion, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or fatigue.
If your child develops any of the symptoms above, they should isolate at home immediately and contact their health care provider to be tested. Isolation shall continue until:
● At least ten (10) days* have passed since onset of symptoms AND
● Symptoms have improved AND
● The isolated individual has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever- reducing medication.

For a list of testing locations, please visit:

COVID-19 Vaccines Available

The CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.

Find a COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 Years and Older

  • The federal government is providing the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of immigration or health insurance status.
  • Check with your child’s healthcare provider about whether they offer COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination walk-ins or appointments are available for children. (CVS, Walgreens, Hy-Vee)
  • Contact the Douglas County Health Department for more information.
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