HAVILAND — The number of active COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Kiowa County last week, creating a need for adjustments at the Haviland Grade School as multiple staff members became identified as positive cases.


Mark Clodfelter, USD 422 Haviland Grade School superintendent and principal, said the school has had multiple staff members affected by the coronavirus. They had enough substitutes to cover all of their classes, but the district was short on transportation staff and had to get creative to get students to school.


"We are blessed to have a staff that is willing to jump in where we need some short term help," Clodfelter said. "For instance, we were down a bus driver so two teachers split the route and covered with suburbans. If a teacher needs to be gone for a short time and another teacher has a planning time during that hour, they will volunteer to cover."


Clodfelter praised his staff for their dedication to do whatever it takes to fill the needs that arise during this year of a pandemic. He said the staff at Haviland Grade School have shown they are willing to make a sacrifice to help students achieve.


According to Kerri Ulrich, Kiowa County Health Department administrator, the county has more than 10 total COVID-19 cases and nine of them were active as of Monday.