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Papillion-La Vista Schools going into third week of 100 percent capacity with 8 reported cases

School board talks about successes,what needs work
Papillion-La Vista High School
Posted at 10:29 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 14:07:07-04

PAPILLION, Neb. — The Papillion-La Vista school board met for the first time since starting classes a few weeks ago and are already reporting eight cases in their schools.

"What we have seen with the verified cases that have occurred in our schools is that they occurred outside of school," Superintendent Dr. Andrew Rikli said at Monday evening's meeting.

However, some parents are still worried that this is only the beginning and that cases will continue to rise under the current plan.

"I see OPS and other districts in the area and I don't understand why we're sticking to this plan," Papillion-La Vista Community Schools parent Justin Tolman said.

Of the eight cases reported as of Monday evening, three are staff members and five are students, mostly students at Papillion-La Vista High School. But the board assured that masks are being worn and drop off and pickup protocols are working. So fall sports will continue on as planned.

"Athletics and activities matter. They matter to this community, they matter to this staff and they've certainly been a hallmark of this school district for a good long time," Dr. Rikli said.

The first football game is scheduled for this Friday with social distancing measures in place for those atending.

The board has stated they do have plans in place to pivot if the case numbers keeps rising, but for now are sticking to the 100 percent capacity plan.