SHDHD announces upcoming COVID vaccine clinics for ages 12 and up May 17, 2021

Hastings, Neb – South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) will be holding three COVID-19 vaccine clinics next week for individuals ages 12 and older. SHDHD Executive Director Michele Bever said the community vaccine clinics would be administering Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which earlier this week received FDA emergency use authorization for adolescents ages 12-15. 

The vaccine clinics will be held in the west end of the Allen’s building on West Second Street in Hastings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (May 18-20) from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm each day. No appointments are needed, but Bever recommended individuals pre-register at A parent or guardian must accompany children under age 19.   

For more information, contact South Heartland District Health Department at 402-462-6211 or 877-238-7595. 


Week Ending COVID Stats  as of November 20

New Staff COVID Positive Cases – 0

New Student COVID Positive Cases – 0

Staff in quarantine/isolation – 3

Students in quarantine/isolation – 24

November 12, 2020:

Board of Health Letter to South Heartland Residents about COVID-19

November 11, 2020:

Kenesaw Students, Staff, & Community,
The increase of positive cases of COVID across the country, state, and community, require that we all adhere to mitigation protocols including face coverings, social distancing, and disinfecting protocols.
In accordance with the Governor’s latest DHM and guidance from the NSAA, the following guidance is provided:
  • Students, Staff, and Community Members MUST be masked at ALL TIMES while on any school property including buses, buildings, gyms, and grounds.
  • Entry into or on any school property and/or activity or event without a face covering will not be permitted.
  • Face coverings and social distancing will be strictly enforced. Spectators and visitors not adhering to COVID protocols will not be granted access to any school facility and will be asked to leave.
  • All indoor events are limited to 25% total capacity.
  • Spectators at all athletic events and activities are restricted to HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS ONLY.
  • No allowances will be made for any spectator that is not a member of the participant’s household and no substitutions may be made in lieu of household members unable to attend.
  • Events will be taped and streamed live on STRIV.
We appreciate your cooperation with these guidelines.

October 8, 2020:

Kenesaw Public Schools has had a student test positive for COVID-19.  South Heartland District Health Department has been notified and we will be working closely with them and following any instructions and procedures they deem necessary.  If your child had close contact with the positive student, you will be notified by the health department.  If you have not been contacted, it is safe for your child to attend school.  Since Kenesaw Public Schools is consistently wearing face coverings at school, we believe that your child is at less risk of exposure.  Even so, we ask that you continue to monitor your child for symptoms on a daily basis.  If your child has a temperature of 100.4 or above or is exhibiting the following symptoms – new cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or sudden loss of taste or smell – we ask that you keep your child home from school and see your family doctor.

KPS will continue to expect all people in the building to wear face coverings, practice social distancing of 6 feet when possible, and for classrooms and public spaces to be frequently disinfected and sanitized. We will provide mask breaks for students and staff throughout the day as necessary.  As COVID cases continue to rise in our surrounding area, it is of the utmost importance that staff, students, and community members do their part to help keep students in school learning through in-person instruction and participating in activities of their choice.  From this point forward, Kenesaw Public Schools will list weekly COVID-19 data regarding staff and students required to quarantine and isolate on the school website.


COVID Investigation – School Setting

Covid-19 Plan For Athletics & Activities

Purpose – This plan is provided to inform the community, students, and staff of Kenesaw Public Schools, as well as opposing teams and communities, of the requirements and guidelines of Kenesaw Public Schools regarding attendance at athletic and extracurricular events during the 2020-2021 school year.

Masking –
Masks are highly encouraged for all guests and are REQUIRED for all guests in ticket, concession, and bathroom lines, and while in enclosed spaces (including bathrooms).Capacity – In accordance with the latest state Directed Health Measure (DHM), capacity at indoor events is limited to 75% capacity.

Administration from visiting teams will be responsible for monitoring their crowd/students regarding masking requirements and guest expectations.

Entrances – Each school will have their own designated entrance/exit into event facilities including the campus, gyms, and outdoor stadium. Please follow posted signs and guidance. There will be a separate gate at each entrance. All guests, teams, and coaches are required to wear face coverings in common areas and lines. All gate workers will be required to wear masks.

Concessions – Concessions will be available for visiting teams and guests in designated areas. Availability of concession stand items may be limited due to guidelines and restrictions. All guests, teams, and coaches are required to wear face coverings in common areas and lines.

Social Distancing – Fans are encouraged to social distance as much as possible. Each schools’ fans and teams will have assigned/designated areas and will not be permitted access to areas outside of those specifically assigned/designated. Fans should try their best to sit in family groups and keep six feet of distance from others.

Outside Food – There will be no outside food allowed at any Kenesaw event.
Restrooms – Home and Visitors will have designated bathrooms. Fans and guests are required to wear

masks and social distance when in lines as well as while in restrooms.

Cleaning – Teams are responsible for the disinfecting of their own equipment that is brought into the building.

Locker Rooms – Locker rooms will be provided for visiting teams.

Water – Visiting teams will be provided water. All Kenesaw coaches and athletes will use their own water bottles. There is to be no sharing of bottles.

Bands – Bands from visiting schools will be allowed to perform.
Screening – KPS will screen all athletes and coaches prior to home contests and prior to leaving for any

away contests.

We ask that visiting teams, coaches, and athletes are screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to departing home campuses and arriving at Kenesaw-hosted events. At a minimum, the following questions should be asked.

  1. Have you been in contact with someone who has Covid-19?
  2. Have you recently traveled to any places with high cases of Covid-19?
  3. Have you been outside of the country in the past 14 days?
  4. Have you been experiencing dry cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell?
  5. Have you had a fever over 100?
  6. Have you felt any of the following symptoms: Headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea.

**Any person(s) who answers “yes” to any of these questions should not travel with the team and should report symptoms to local health department**

Kenesaw teams and fans are required to follow all established guidelines for home contests and are expected to follow the guidelines set by the schools we visit.


Kenesaw Public Schools Athletics & Activities Covid-19 Plan



Kenesaw Community, Students, Staff, and Parents,

We know everyone is anxious and excited about returning to school. We are diligently working out the fine details of our official plans and will publish as soon as they are complete. Thank you for your patience as we prepare to get our staff and students back to school as safely as possible.

Our broad reopening plans and student-led campaign to get our staff and students back to school as safely as possible. We are VERY proud of our student leaders and their efforts leading our community and school. We hope you will actively and positively support “Kenesaw Cares” as we all make efforts to keep the entire community of Kenesaw as healthy as possible while we anxiously await a return to normal.

Please read the attached letter regarding our broad reopening plans (we hope this answers some of the big questions with the understanding the details are forthcoming as we work them out). After you read the letter, please watch the video regarding our community-wide and student-led campaign “Kenesaw Cares” in response to COVID-19 and our school reopening.

Kenesaw Public Schools will make every effort in accordance with CDC and state and local guidance to mitigate the spread of COVID 19 with the understanding that no efforts either in whole or in part will reduce the risk of contracting the virus 100%.