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More metro Omaha districts roll out reopening plans — and not all are requiring masks

More metro Omaha districts roll out reopening plans — and not all are requiring masks

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Parents and students in several more Omaha-area school districts have gotten a look at fall reopening plans, and not all districts are mandating masks.

But all will encourage their use.

The Bellevue, Gretna, Papillion-La Vista and Bennington districts released plans that call for students to return for in-person instruction — as long as the risk of COVID-19 spread remains stable.

The plans come with the caveat that they are subject to change.

Some districts are still working on remote learning plans that would come into play if schools were forced to shut down again.

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» Papillion-La Vista will require all students and staff to wear masks, with accommodations when necessary. Schools will open Aug. 11 for some grades and Aug. 12 for the rest. Mask breaks will be provided for all levels, and face coverings won’t be required at recess, during lunch or during exercise in physical education.

» Bellevue intends to begin school Aug. 13. Face coverings will be required for students and staff. Schools will provide numerous face covering break opportunities throughout the day when social distancing is possible. Masks could be removed for meals, recess, designated breaks with social distancing or certain activities in which social distancing can occur.

» The Gretna Public Schools aims for a full opening Aug. 13. Masks will be “highly recommended” for all students when social distancing is not possible. Staff members will be wearing masks “as much as feasible.” When staff and students can social distance, no mask will be required.

» Bennington returns Aug. 12. All staff will be required to wear face coverings when working with students and other employees. Students will be asked to wear face coverings whenever social distancing is not feasible and as much as possible in the classroom.

The plans contain the usual recommendations of health experts, such as avoiding large gatherings, managing movement in hallways, washing and sanitizing hands and extra cleaning of facilities.


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Joe covers education for The World-Herald, focusing on pre-kindergarten through high school. Phone: 402-444-1077.

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