OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Gretna Public Schools announced some of the guidelines it will be following during the upcoming school year, including masks and temperature checks.
"As COVID-19 implications change, these protocols are subject to change," the district said. "This information is being provided to Gretna Public Schools families so they can help their students prepare for a successful transition back to school in August. Specific questions can be directed to the school principal."
The district says in the classroom, students will be socially distanced and are required to wear a mask when this is not possible. Five masks for each student will be provided, though students can bring their own as long as it is not a bandanna.
Mask breaks will be scheduled throughout the day.
Temperatures will be checked upon entering the building as students are reminded to put their masks on.
During busing, students will be asked to wear masks, windows will be partially opened for airflow when possible and drivers will wear masks and wipe down surfaces.
During meals and in the cafeteria, eating schedules will be staggered as the district tries to create an environment that allows for social distancing. Other rules will be put in place to prevent spread such as the salad bar being removed, no outside food deliveries and no sharing of meals.
Several school activities will not be occurring, at least in-person: Large pep rallies, school assemblies, field trips and in-person open houses. Parent-teacher conferences will occur where social distancing can be maintained.
The in-person learning is set to start on August 13. The rules and procedures are based on guidelines by the Sarpy/Douglas County Health Departments.
Distance learning is also available, and the district says it will be working with families on these plans. Distance learning is set to launch on August 24.
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, the student or staff member will be excluded and only allowed back once they are cleared by health officials. Health departments will work with schools to assist with “contact tracing” according to the district.