• Updated: September 15, 2021

    Superintendent Dr. Jeff Rippe, with the majority of School Board member support, announced at the September Board meeting changes to the positive case protocols.

    Bellevue Public Schools is focused on keeping students and staff healthy and in school. As we continue to do this the processes and protocols must remain fluid. In consultation with the Sarpy/Cass Health Department, we have made the following changes:

    Upon identification of an initial case within a classroom or group, Bellevue Public Schools will require students and staff directly impacted to wear a mask during the 14-day incubation period, regardless of vaccination status.

    BPS and SCHD continue to work together on the process and protocols for student and staff exposures to COVID-19. Below are the revised protocols and communication, including the changes noted above, that will be followed: (effective September 15, 2021)

     

    Initial Case Letter: (notification sent via email)

    Students and staff that have been identified as having an initial exposure within a classroom or group to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 will be asked to closely monitor for the development of symptoms and required to wear a mask for the 14-day incubation period following the last date of exposure (regardless of vaccination status).

    Sample letter

     

    Second Case Letter: (notification sent via email)

    Students and staff that have been identified as having a second exposure within a classroom or group to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 will be asked to continue closely monitoring for development of symptoms and required to continue wearing a mask for the 14-day incubation period following the most recent last date of exposure (regardless of vaccination status).

     

    Subsequent Cases: (notification sent via email)

    Bellevue Public Schools will follow the guidance of the Sarpy/Cass Health Department for subsequent cases within a classroom or group.

    Letters are developed and phone calls home are made on a case-by-case basis.

      

    Important Reminders:

    • Face coverings are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for all students, staff, and visitors who are unvaccinated.
    • Age-eligible students and staff members are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and others from the COVID-19 virus and variants.

     

    BPS will remain focused on the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. We will continue to be here and help support you anyway we can.