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Papillion La Vista Schools to welcome all students on time

Posted at 5:47 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 21:55:38-04

PAPILLION, Neb. (KMTV) — Papillion La Vista Community Schools says the bell will ring on time this year with all students present.

The plan is for students and staff to be in school on August 11 for the first day of class.

They’re still working out the details on how each school will operate like how masks will be used, deep cleaning and sanitizing procedures, symptom screenings, and limiting large gatherings.

“If there’s one thing that we have learned it’s that having students face to face in a classroom with teachers is the best possible learning environment,” said Annette Eyman, Communications Director for Papillion La Vista Public Schools.

Superintendent Dr. Andrew Rikli told the school board last week they’re unsure but don’t believe everyone will be required to wear a mask.

“We are meeting with health officials and epidemiologists on a weekly basis, occasionally on a daily basis. Everything that I can tell, the science is very clear, that there really is no disputing that If I’m wearing a mask and you’re wearing a mask the risk of transmission is quite low, approaching zero from the information we’ve been shared. However we also know that it touches on deeply personal choices that parents and families may have,” Dr. Rikli explained.

The school board will have to approve the details before it is finalized. The district hopes to get the plan out to parents by about mid-July or about one month before the first bell is supposed to ring.