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Bellevue Public Schools Closure - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

While it has been a unique and challenging week, we hope that everyone was able to enjoy spring break. 

We wanted to reach out and update you on our work to prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff and families. Please know that your student(s) and families are in our constant thoughts.

On Monday evening March 16th, we shared that our district would be closed with no tentative return date. After careful consideration and guidance by the CDC and state officials we made that decision.

BPS has received the Directed Health Measure Order from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, which states closure continuing until April 30, 2020, unless renewed, extended, or terminated by subsequent order.

We will continue to monitor this daily with State leadership and health officials and reassess as needed. The District will reopen when permitted to, as well as when we are confident we can safely do so.

 

Updates and Important Reminders are below.

 

Learning Opportunities & Resources for Students
On Monday, March 23rd, the district will provide digital resources that families can use to engage their students in learning opportunities at home. Due to BPS being on spring break this past week, the district will utilize the week of March 23-27, 2020, to work with teachers to develop specific grade-level and course content learning opportunities and resources, which will be implemented the week of March 30th. We will provide students and families these resources and opportunities on Monday, March 30th. Core resources will be available digitally or in packets if families do not have internet access. We will
communicate when and how the printed packets will be available for pick-up.

Digital Resources are now available that families can use to engage their students in learning opportunities at home. Click here for the Digital Resources

 

Meal Support for Students
Bellevue Public Schools is extending a program similar to our summer meals program to ensure all students have food at home during this closure.

Drive-Up Dates & Times:

Beginning on Monday, March 23rd from 11:00am-12:00pm; and then each day through the school week. We will provide updates if/when changes are made to this schedule or locations.

  • Avery Elementary (2107 Avery Rd.)
  • Belleaire Elementary (1200 W Mission Ave.)
  • Bertha Barber Elementary (1402 Main St.)
  • Betz Elementary (605 W 27th Ave.)
  • Birchcrest Elementary (1212 Fairfax Dr.)
  • Peter Sarpy Elementary (2908 Vandenberg Ave.)
  • Twin Ridge Elementary (1400 Sunbury Dr.)

Every child who shows up (ages 1-18) at one of our drive up sites will receive meals (breakfast and lunch) to take home. There is no charge, and no ID is required.

Other Food Supports:

FoodBank for the Heartland has several drive-through food distributions scheduled across the metro area, as well as several food pantry partners also providing food for community members.

Food Bank for the Heartland will host a drive-up Mobile Food Pantry in the bus lane at Mission Middle School (2202 Washington St.) on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, from 5:00-6:30pm. Families can pull up and items will be loaded directly into their vehicle

 

High School Highlights

High School Registration for 2020-2021 School Year: While the 9th grade registration nights will not take place this year, the high schools are developing plans for online registration. Families will receive direct communication about this process and we’ll also share on the BPS website.

Prom: Both Bellevue East and Bellevue West Proms have been postponed. If it is possible to do so, we will try and reschedule this important milestone.

Graduation: We know our seniors and families have questions about graduation. We do not have a final decision to share yet about the ceremonies. This is not something we take lightly. Every decision we make right now is to put health and safety first.

 

Specific Questions
All BPS leadership continues to be available by email. Please be patient as they work to respond. If you have general questions about the district or closure, please email bps@bpsne.net. Because of the volume of emails we receive, please allow time for a reply.

 

Limiting Contact During the Closure
We want to reiterate that the goal of a community closure is to limit the spread of the virus. We ask that staff, families and community members follow the guidance of the CDC and our Health Departments. The CDC recommends the best way to stop the spread in a community is to limit exposure to others. 

 

Please continue to take care of yourselves and of those around you. We will get through this together.
BPS will continue to keep in touch with updates as we receive them. Information is changing rapidly and we are committed to keeping you informed.

Stay safe and healthy!

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