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>> JULIE, ROB, WE’VE REPORTED EXTENSIVELY ON TEACHER BURNOUT AND THE LACK OF SU. NOW WE’RE SEEING THAT COME TO A HEAD, AS SCHOOL DISTRICTS MAKE THE TOUGH CALL TO CLOSE DOWN, GIVING TEACHERS THE CHANCEO T CATCH . IT+’S NEVER PLEASANT TO HA TVE CALL SCHOOL OFF. >> A CLOSED CLASSROOM WAS NOT AN ITEM ON MOST TEACHERS’ BACK TO SCHOOL WISH LIST. >> BUT DESPERATE TIMES CALFOL DESPERATE MEASURES. >> AND WITH MORE TEACHERS OUT SICK, SEVERAL DISTRICTS IN NEBRAKA ARE TEMPORARILY MOVING TO REMOTE LEARNI.NG OTHERS ARE CANCELING CLAESSS ALGETOTHER, LIKE WAHOO ELEMENTARY. >> INSTEAD OF HAVING KIDS COME IN, AND WHAT COULD BE AN UNSE ENVIRONMENT WITH NOT ENOUGH SUPERVISION, WE CHOSTOE CLOSE THE BUILDING FOR THE WEEK. >> SUPERINTENDENT BRANDON LAVALEY SAYSHE TY DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH STAFF TO FILL ELEMENTARY CLASSRMS.OO >> WE HAD EXHAUSTED ROU SUBSTITUTE TEACHER LIST. WE JUST HAD NO OTHERPT OION’S. >> IN BEATRICE SUPERINTENDENT JASON ALEXANDER SAYS 16% TO 18% OF THEIR STAFF ARE OUT DISTRICT-WIDE. SO SCHOOL’S OUT THURSDAY AND FRID.AY >> WE KNOW THAT TAKING TWO DSAY OUT OF SCHOOL IS NOT GOING TO JUST MAKE IT GO AWAY. >> THE GOAL IS TO GIVE TEACHERS A CHANCE TO REST, AND CATCH .UP >> IT IS NOT SUSTAINABLE TO YSA TO A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, ERYVE DAY, YOU ARE NOW GOING TO BE TEACHING FIFTH GRADE, DUNGRI COMPUTER CLASS. >> NEBRASKA STATE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT JENNI BENSON SAYS THAT INCONSISTENT INSTRUCTION DOESN’T DO STUDESNT MUCH GOOD, EITHER. WHA+T’S GOOD FOR OUR EDUTOCARS IS GOOD FOR OUR STUDENTS AS WELL F+OR PARENTS, THE CLOSURES CAN BE ABRUPT. BUT ONE WAHOO MOM SAYS SHE SSEE WHAT TEACHERS ARE GOING THUGRO >> THESE DAYS ARE ARE FOR FOR THE TEACHERS TO DO WHAT EYTH NEED TO DO SO THEY CAN BE THREI BEST FOR THE KIDDOS. >> IF YOU’RE WONDERING ABOUT HOURLY WORKERS, SO WERE WE. IN WAHOO IN BEATRI,CE THE SUPERINTDEENNTS SAY CUSTODIAL STAFF ARE STILL COMING INTO WORK. BOTH DISTRICTS SAY SOME WAGE WORKERS, LIKE PARAPROFESSIONALS, ARE ABLE TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY WANT TO COME IN AND HELP IN OTHER AREAS, OR STAY HOME. IN THE NEWSROOM, JOEY SAFCHIK KETV, NEWSWA

Omaha-area schools changing in-person learning plans due to COVID-19, staffing shortages


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                As the COVID-19 surge continues in Nebraska, school districts are adjusting learning plans due to illness and staffing shortages. KETV NewsWatch 7 will be tracking district changes to in-person learning below:Bellevue Public Schools sent out an email Wednesday to families and staff that Jan. 28, Jan. 31, and Feb. 11 will be no school days for students. BPS Foundation Kids’ Time consolidated sites will be open on these days. Student activities and athletics will continue as scheduled for these days at the middle schools and high schools. If there are any changes, schools will communicate those.You can read the full letter below:Good afternoon, BPS Families &amp; Staff.As we’ve seen the rapid increase in positive Covid cases, it has come to a point of concern regarding sufficient staff in our buildings to keep schools safely open for student in-person learning. Similar to many other school districts, we are experiencing challenges at every position that help schools run safely.As we’ve worked through our options to help address the ongoing issues and keep the school year moving forward, the following changes have been made to the school calendar.January 28, January 31, and February 11 will be no school days for students. BPS Foundation Kids’ Time consolidated sites will be open on these days. Student activities and athletics will continue as scheduled for these days at the middle schools and high schools. If there are any changes, schools will communicate those.We understand this can cause challenges for families, and do not make this decision lightly. With the high number of positive Covid cases reported over the past few weeks, we need to put these extra measures into place so we can sufficiently staff our schools and continue safely serving students. We can’t do this alone, and we greatly appreciate your support as we continue to navigate these challenging times.Stay healthy and take care,Bellevue Public SchoolsMillard Public Schools announced three upcoming remote learning days to ease the impact of staffing absences.Lincoln Public Schools announced it was canceling classes for students on Fridays for the next three weeks.Wahoo Elementary School is closed for the remainder of the week (Jan. 19, 20 and 21) "due to an inability to sufficiently staff the building for the safety and education of the students." According to the district, the middle and high schools will remain open on schedule.Beatrice Public Schools will not be in session on Jan. 20 and 21. Fullerton Public Schools is canceling classes for Jan. 19, 20 and 21. The district is also working on plans to limit extra-curricular activities for the rest of the week.Tri County Elementary in Plymouth closed Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan. 18 and 19) because of inadequate staffing.Hastings Public Schools called off classes on Monday, Jan. 24 "to allow students and staff members time to get some rest and to recover from any illness they may have."Grand Island Public Schools is giving students the next five Fridays off. Staff will report to buildings. The district cited an "all-time high in medical/illness related absentee rates."


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                <strong class="dateline">OMAHA, Neb. —</strong>                                             As the COVID-19 surge continues in Nebraska, school districts are adjusting learning plans due to illness and staffing shortages.


KETV NewsWatch 7 will be tracking district changes to in-person learning below:

  • Bellevue Public Schools sent out an email Wednesday to families and staff that Jan. 28, Jan. 31, and Feb. 11 will be no school days for students. BPS Foundation Kids’ Time consolidated sites will be open on these days. Student activities and athletics will continue as scheduled for these days at the middle schools and high schools. If there are any changes, schools will communicate those.

You can read the full letter below:

Good afternoon, BPS Families & Staff.

As we’ve seen the rapid increase in positive Covid cases, it has come to a point of concern regarding sufficient staff in our buildings to keep schools safely open for student in-person learning. Similar to many other school districts, we are experiencing challenges at every position that help schools run safely.

As we’ve worked through our options to help address the ongoing issues and keep the school year moving forward, the following changes have been made to the school calendar.

January 28, January 31, and February 11 will be no school days for students. BPS Foundation Kids’ Time consolidated sites will be open on these days. Student activities and athletics will continue as scheduled for these days at the middle schools and high schools. If there are any changes, schools will communicate those.

We understand this can cause challenges for families, and do not make this decision lightly. With the high number of positive Covid cases reported over the past few weeks, we need to put these extra measures into place so we can sufficiently staff our schools and continue safely serving students.

We can’t do this alone, and we greatly appreciate your support as we continue to navigate these challenging times.

Stay healthy and take care,
Bellevue Public Schools

  • Millard Public Schools announced three upcoming remote learning days to ease the impact of staffing absences.
  • Lincoln Public Schools announced it was canceling classes for students on Fridays for the next three weeks.
  • Wahoo Elementary School is closed for the remainder of the week (Jan. 19, 20 and 21) “due to an inability to sufficiently staff the building for the safety and education of the students.” According to the district, the middle and high schools will remain open on schedule.
  • Beatrice Public Schools will not be in session on Jan. 20 and 21.
  • Fullerton Public Schools is canceling classes for Jan. 19, 20 and 21. The district is also working on plans to limit extra-curricular activities for the rest of the week.
  • Tri County Elementary in Plymouth closed Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan. 18 and 19) because of inadequate staffing.
  • Hastings Public Schools called off classes on Monday, Jan. 24 “to allow students and staff members time to get some rest and to recover from any illness they may have.”
  • Grand Island Public Schools is giving students the next five Fridays off. Staff will report to buildings. The district cited an “all-time high in medical/illness related absentee rates.”
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