Classes for most, but not all, grade levels in the Broken Bow School District have been canceled this week after three staff members tested positive for COVID-19 and 24 staff members were placed in quarantine.
Superintendent Darren Tobey announced the decision on the district’s website.
Tobey said classes for pre-kindergarten and grades 6 through 12 have been canceled through Friday. Nor will there be off-campus learning during that time, he said.
All kindergarten through fifth grade students should report at their normal time Monday.
The decision to cancel school for the affected grade levels was because of staffing, he said. It was made with input from the school board, local medical professionals and the Loup Basin Health Department, he said.
Starting Monday through Sept. 7, the school district will require all students and staff members to wear masks, Tobey said. That includes extracurricular activities and school transportation. The requirement will be revisited before it expires, he said.
All other school events and activities will not require masks. However, masks “are strongly recommended and encouraged to help keep our students safe in the classroom and participate in extracurricular activities,” Tobey said.
The school district covers 426 square miles in Nebraska’s Custer County and has an enrollment of more than 800 students in preschool through 12th grade.