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November 13, 2020

MPS Parents, Students, and Staff;

Hopefully you all received the text/email from yesterday with the updated academic calendar.  If you ever lose it, or just don’t want to hold onto it, we will have the most up-to-date calendar on the website.


As you are probably aware, states in the middle of the country are experiencing an alarming surge of new COVID-19 cases—Nebraska is not immune. As of 12:16 PM on November 19th (CDC COVID Tracker) Nebraska ranked 5th in the United States for the most new cases per 100K people (based on the past seven days). Obviously, with Lancaster County being the second most populous county in the state, much of that growth is somewhat local. Lancaster County numbers….


% Positive (LLCHD News Release)

  • November 8 through 14: 29.1 percent
  • November 15 through 19: 28.7 percent


Average Positive Cases/Day (LLCHD Dashboard)

  • November 8 through 14: 245.9
  • November 15 through 18: 264.75


At Malcolm Public Schools (MPS), we have also seen an increase in the number of staff and students that have tested positive, in quarantine awaiting test results, or in quarantine due to a close contact/exposure to a positive individual. MPS numbers as of 11/20/2020…..


Students PK-6

  • 6 positives—isolating (3=outside contraction, 3= in-school contraction, in one classroom)
  • 4 quarantined, waiting for test results
  • 34 quarantined due to a close contact

Staff PK-6

  • 2 positives—isolating
  • 4 quarantined, waiting for test results
  • 2 quarantined due to a close contact
  • 1 negative COVID test with suspicious symptoms

Students 7-12

  • 2 positives—isolating
  • 1 quarantined, waiting for test results
  • 20 quarantined due to a close contact
  • 3 quarantined waiting test results of a family member

Staff 7-12

  • 0 (zero) positives
  • 0 (zero) quarantined


Although the numbers are going up, many medical experts, and LLCHD personnel, feel that the community at large, families, and students are safer when kids are in school. This past week was the first time that we experienced in-school spread (that we know of), and it was contained to one classroom. LLCHD and MPS agree that our plan is still strong, and has been effective overall. However, things are changing quickly—we don’t know what is going to happen week-to-week, but we will continue watching the numbers and working with LLCHD to determine best course of action moving forward.

Thanks and have a great weekend,

Mr. Terwilliger


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