Covid-19 Updates Pittsburg Community Schools


COVID School Guidelines

Please see the 2/18/22 Covid Procedure Update for the latest update on School Guidelines.


USD 250 has been monitoring COVID incidents closely, and have continued to be in close communication with Crawford County Health Officials in an effort to make decisions that will be in the best interest of all of our students and staff.  The original gating criteria which were implemented on October 4th, have been used as a guide for the decision making process for masking purposes.  However, not all of the actual data collected and compared against our gating criteria, have proven to have an impact on our school buildings. After reviewing the data with Crawford County Health Officials, it was recommended that we adjust the gating criteria to more appropriately match the true impact on our schools. See the full Mask Optional Gating Criteria here.

Crawford County Health Department officials and district administration will meet weekly, or more frequently when necessary, to discuss current data that is used to determine if the mask-optional opportunity is available for your child’s educational building.  Following this meeting, a communication will be sent directly to parents through SwiftReach updated on the table below.

Mask Optional -Masks are optional based on the gating criteria with the primary consideration given to Category 4 with consideration given to Category 1, 2 and 3.

Mask Required - Masks are required based on the gating criteria in which Category 4 exceeds 3% absenteeism by building with consideration given to categories 1, 2, and 3.

WEEK OF: 5/16-5/20
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Mask Status

George Nettels Elementary

Mask Optional

Lakeside Elementary

Mask Optional

Meadowlark Elementary

Mask Optional

Westside Elementary

Mask Optional

Pittsburg Community Middle School

Mask Optional

Pittsburg High School

Mask Optional

A building moving into Mask Required status due to absenteeism (gating criteria 4) will be required to wear a mask for 10 consecutive days, this includes weekends. Unless otherwise notified, these buildings will resume mask optional status following the required 10 day period.

Effective February 25, 2022, the CDC no longer requires masks on public transportation.

Individuals/families that choose to continue to wear masks even during a possible mask optional phase are encouraged to do so.

Current Mask Gating Criteria Data

Criteria Updated on 11/13/21 - See this Letter from the Superintendent for more information.
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County incident rate

Trend in County incidence rate

Local / referring
hospital capacity

Student/Staff absenteeism


Monitor county incident rates and their relationship to specific school buildings

Stable or decreasing over two weeks and their relationship to specific school buildings

20% or greater with regional referring capacity

Less than 3% absences related to COVID-19 in the educational building.


Student / Staff Absenteeism %

George Nettels












Percentages are at the time of decision 5/13/22.


Effective Monday, 1/10/22, USD 250 will report total weekly incident numbers by identifying the number of positive cases per building. As well as continuing to report the absenteeism % for the mask gating criteria. These numbers will be reported at the end of each week.

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Click HERE to see previous months logs.


The district asks for the cooperation of families when sending students to school. We ask that parents and students go through the following screening process before leaving your home. 

Is child fever free (less than 100.4 without the use of medications)?

If not, child should seek medical care in order to return to school.

Is your child free from all of the following symptoms?

Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea?

Has your child had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?

If so, please follow all health department or physician ordered quarantining directions.

Does your child have their mask to wear to school?

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