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Gov. Ricketts provides update on resumed school operations

Pete Ricketts
Posted at 10:02 AM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 12:14:37-04

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts held a press conference in Lincoln on Monday morning.

The governor started things off with reminders about social distancing and then changed focus to resumed school operations across the state.

Ricketts once again talked about concerns that come with not having kids in schools such as possible lack of nutrition, mental health concerns and the potential for unreported or unnoticed abuse cases.

Matthew L. Blomstedt, Nebraska’s Commissioner of Education, then talked about how schools are keeping plans fluid and providing remote education if need be to stop the spread.

One item Bloomstedt hit on that was echoed by Executive Director of Nebraska’s Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing John C. Wyvill, was the position that remote learning may not be beneficial for all students such as those with special needs. Wyvill said teachers, parents and students may lack the skills necessary to make it work and that in-person learning is often the best course of action to ensure success.

Switching things over to the upcoming election and mail-in ballots, Ricketts said he believes the postal service is up to the challenge of handling the task but that he does have concerns in regards to the integrity of votes when it comes to the possibility of ballots ending up in the wrong hands.

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