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Bellevue schools sticking with in-person learning

Posted at 10:23 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 23:33:38-05

BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) - As the coronavirus case numbers continue to go up in Nebraska, Bellevue Public Schools say those cases have really only made their way into one building where there were four cases last week.

“We only have one, I'd call it a warm spot, not a hot spot yet, that we're watching at Wake Robin, because of the number of teachers and students at the building recently,” said Bellevue Superintendent Jeff Rippe. “So we'll continue to watch that building and make adjustments as needed."

Last week, across the district, there were 12 cases of coronavirus among students and 15 among staffers. Over 200 students were in quarantine last week, having come into contact with someone who was positive.

But the superintendent says these cases are coming from community spread outside the schools.

"Unfortunately outside of schools, that's something we can't control. We're starting to see a lot of cases where it's family events, weekend activities,” Rippe said.

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At this time, the district says with the low number of cases being traced back to school buildings, they don't feel the need to go virtual.

"50/50 plan, the only thing that does is provide us more social distancing among our students. Because we're not really seeing building spread, it doesn't really help reduce the number of cases we would have because of the cases happening outside of school."

The district says they have plenty of PPE, and are planning on welcoming back around 500 students who previously had opted into virtual learning into the buildings next semester.

The district said if they see a large number of staff going into quarantine, they could have to go virtual temporarily.

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