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Bellevue Public Schools remain in yellow status, 80% capacity in schools

Decision could change if cases continue to rise
Posted at 11:08 AM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 12:08:11-04

BELLEVUE, Neb. — The Bellevue Public School Board met for the final time Monday evening before school starts August 13. Bellevue continues with their yellow reopening plan, which will see about 80 percent capacity inside the schools. School officials say that decision could still change if cases rise.

In the yellow phase of reopening masks will be required, visitors at the schools will be limited and social distancing will be enforced.

Superintendent Dr. Jeff Rippe says that Sarpy County is still not above the threshold to move into the orange phase, which would include more restrictions and limit school capacity to 40 percent. The decision of which phase to move to comes from a risk dial set by the Sarpy/Cass Health Department.

"They set that dial based off of the number of positive cases, hospital beds, ICU's those types of things. Two weeks ago it was 1.75 which was in yellow, last week it went up to 1.88 which is still at yellow and today it remained at 1.88. So we're still in yellow," Rippe said.

If the district was to move into the orange phase, students would be split up in schedules. The district also has a plan set up for a red, fully-remote learning option.

Athletics are still being carefully considered but are continuing on as planned for the time being.

20 percent of students selected the at-home learning option. The deadline to apply has passed.