OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska schools are still scrambling to set attendance and safety policies in the wake of a global pandemic, with the start of the new school year less than a month away.
Westside Community Schools in Omaha announced Tuesday that students will attend in-person classes only part of the week while distance-learning from home the rest of the week, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Westside's school year is set to begin Aug. 18.
Other schools, such as Papillion La Vista Community Schools, plan a full reopening of schools, while imposing mask and distancing policies. That has drawn objection from the local teacher's union, which said in a statement this week that the district's plan to fully reopen isn't safe.
Westside Superintendent Mike Lucas said that the district's plan could change, and all students could be required to stay home and learn remotely, if coronavirus conditions worsen by the start of school next month.
On Wednesday, the state's online virus tracker showed coronavirus cases continue to rise. Nebraska saw an additional 258 cases confirmed on Tuesday, bringing the state's total to more than 25,000. Nebraska also saw another four deaths Tuesday, to bring the state's total to 321 COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the outbreak.
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From North Platte High School
The 2-documents below are about the NPHS Return-to-School COVID-19 Plans.
Please read these carefully, discuss with family and friends, and ask any questions you have.
In spite of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are confident it will be a safe, successful, and happy school year. We have exceptional students, families, and staff, and will do what needs to be done to support each in their journey.
A few additional items that might help you in your transition to the 2020-21 School Year:
- Student schedules will go LIVE on Infinite Campus the week of August 3rd. Students are able to make changes to their schedules even after the school year has started. Students should reach out to their counselor for more information.
- August 17th is the first day for Freshmen. This will be a shortened-day, focused on orientation for incoming Freshmen. The full schedule will be provided to families in the coming days.
- For the latest information about NPHS Activities & Athletics, families should reach out to the coach/sponsor for questions. With the Covid-19 Pandemic, guidance provided by the Nebraska School Activities Association is frequently changing.
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From Madison Middle School
Please read the attached letter regarding the NPPSD and Madison School Playbook for return to school.
Madison Middle School Madison Return to School Playbook Letter