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COVID-19 Update 5.12.2020
COVID-19 Update 5.12.2020
Jake Luhr
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Graduation Information
Results from the senior student and senior parent survey:

  • Majority of senior students and parents want to see a traditional graduation ceremony.   
  • Majority of senior students and parents want graduation to take place as soon as possible, but no later than August 1st, with 3 week prior notice.

I am optimistic of the possibility of hosting a traditional graduation ceremony in late June.  I am not confident of setting a date yet due to the fact that more information is supposed to be coming after May 15th.  I know this "wait and see" approach is difficult for all of us, but it seems as things are becoming less and less restrictive.  This can give us some hope at the very least.  I am optimistic that graduation would be able to happen sometime after June 18.  

Weekly update from Commissioner Blomstedt & Governor Ricketts

Commissioner Blomstedt and Governor Ricketts continue to hold weekly and daily press conferences, respectively, to keep the public engaged and informed. Here are some key points from the commissioner and governor:

  • Governor Ricketts will be lessening DHM restrictions for us(ELVPHD) on Wednesday, May 13.  Which means restaurants, barber shops, salons, etc. will be able to re-open with specific guidelines.   
  • All current DHMs are effective until May 31, 2020.  Ricketts states that there will still be restrictions, social distancing, and other restrictions/guidelines well into the summer.  
  • June 1, 2020 weight rooms can open for student-athletes to begin summer workouts.  We still have to follow guidelines, but this is a positive.  More information will be coming on this, so stay tuned.  
  • June 1, 2020 - baseball and softball practices may begin but there are a number of guidelines/restrictions that must be followed. June 18, 2020 - baseball and softball games may take place but there are a number of guidelines/restrictions that must be followed.   These guidelines are pictured below this update.
  • Governor Ricketts continues to encourage Nebraskans to sign up for Test Nebraska at testnebraska.com.  
  • NDE has created the website Launch Nebraska (launchne.com) as a resource for all Nebraska schools to continue engaging in conversations about moving forward into the future.  
  • Summer School - things are looking good for having summer school in a traditional manner if it is scheduled for late July/early August.  

Planning for 2020-2021 School Year:

As we end the 2019-2020 school year, the administrators and staff members at BCPS will be making plans for the 2020-2021 school year.  We will be looking at three scenarios: 

  1. Normal start and schedule with all students and teachers attending.  This is by far the best case scenario
  2. Modified start and schedule with restrictions on the number of students attending.  This scenario would also include modifications to calendars and daily schedules.
  3. Start the same way we ended.  Buildings closed with remote learning.

We will be prepared and continue to communicate with our students, parents, and community as we go through the summer.  Parents and students do not need to worry about this right now.  I will continue updates throughout the months of June, July, and into August.  

Please feel free to send me your questions and/or concerns.  I truly appreciate and value your thoughts and feedback. 

Jake Luhr - Superintendent