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Bellevue Public Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Reference Guide

This page will be where students, families, staff and the community can come for the latest information and links related to BPS' Coronavirus (COVID-19) plans.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our priority at Bellevue Public Schools. 

The District continues to work to monitor national and international developments related to COVID-19. We are in regular contact with state and local health officials.

 

Beginning Monday, June 1, 2020 Bellevue Public Schools’ Welcome Center (district office) will open to the public. All other BPS buildings remain closed for June. The playgrounds & fields also remain closed.

The health and safety of our students, staff and families remain our top priority. The latest directed health measure (DHM) orders will be followed as Bellevue Public Schools Welcome Center opens. For the month of June, public access will be available Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All visitors must wear a mask while inside the building and we ask that visitors please limit to one person per household, when possible.

While following the DHM orders some staff that work year-round will continue working remotely when able, but will remain available via phone or email, and when required in person at the district office.

We continue to enroll students into BPS, including Kindergartners, for 2020-21 school year. For more information on this process you can continue to email: bps.enrollment@bpsne.net or call 402-827-8554.

In following the most current DHM and NSAA guidelines, transitions to the use of high school weight rooms and fields for high school student athletics will begin June 1st. Parents/Guardians will be required to sign a waiver to allow their student(s) to participate.   

Virtual Summer School begins Monday, June 8th and runs for three weeks, ending on June 26th. This will be for current BPS students entering 1st grade through 12th grade in the fall of 2020. The high school summer school will focus on Health and PE for students entering 9th grade, as has been offered in previous years. Credit recovery opportunities for core classes will be offered for students entering 10th through 12th grade. Questions about Virtual Summer School, please contact your Principal.

Kids' Time summer program will welcome students starting June 1st at two consolidated sites. There are limited openings for returning BPS students in first through sixth grade. To register or for more information, please contact Kids' Time Program Director, Sue Fjelstad at susan.fjelstad@bpsne.net

 

Meal Support for Students
Bellevue Public Schools summer meals program is in place to ensure all students have food at home during this time.

Drive-up Dates & Times:

Available this week, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 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.

*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. Additional information here:  https://foodbankheartland.org/covid-19/

BPS Food Service Program

For those students who have lunch funds remaining, here is the process that will be followed regarding disbursement of those funds.

  • All students who will return next school year, even if you change schools within the district, will have their lunch funds follow them into the new school year. 
     
  • If you are a senior and you have siblings returning next school year, your remaining funds will be transferred to the oldest sibling.
     
  • If you are a senior, with no siblings in the district, you will automatically be issued a check refund in the mail.
     
  • If you are transferring out of the school district, please contact Food Service directly at 402-293-5032 and leave a message. You will be issued a check refund in the mail.  

*If a student owes money on their lunch account, a letter will be sent in the mail. Please submit payment through your My SchoolBucks account or pay by cash/check to Food Service directly. If you are a senior, your account must be paid in full prior to end of school year checkout, and in order to receive your cap and gown.

If you have a specific question that has not be addressed here, please contact Food Service at 402-293-5032 and leave message.

High School Highlights

Graduation: To the Class of 2020, we are so proud of the hard work you have demonstrated over the years, your accomplishments, and the strength you’re showing through this challenging time.

We have set a new date for Graduation ceremonies for both Bellevue East and Bellevue West High Schools – our hope is to conduct the ceremonies in the school gyms on Saturday, August 1, 2020, if the Governor's Directed Health Measure (DHM) order allows.

Click here to view the Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremonies

High School Athletics: In following the most current DHM and NSAA guidelines, transitions to the use of high school fields and weight rooms for high school student athletics will begin June 1st. Parents/Guardians will be required to sign a waiver to allow their student(s) to participate.  

Student Learning Resources
Bellevue Public Schools has created core learning engagement opportunities for students and parents to use during the extended school closure. These resources will be updated and distributed weekly for students to participate in the provided student engagement schedule with educational opportunities that include extensions and enrichment activities designed for students to review and practice previously taught concepts. Learning opportunities completed at home will not be graded since not all students have the ability to submit work electronically. Digital access to these learning resources is available below.

 Click here for Student Learning Resources

What can you do?
The best way to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus is to prevent the spread of germs. We encourage families to partner with us in the effort and talk with your children.

  • Good hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds. Particularly after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Keeping hands away from nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people (recommended 6 ft away).
  • Stay home and keep your children home when sick.
  • Remind children the importance of using healthy behavior at school.

Where can I find more information? 

Contacting Us During the Closure

Not sure who to contact, you can use our Let’s Talk feature.

BPS staff are working remotely and will be available by email. Please allow time for them to reply, as staff are also tending to their families during this closure.

 

Bellevue Public Schools will communicate relevant updates to staff, students, and families on a regular basis. Look to official district channels (email, district website, social media) for information. 

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