Updates regarding COVID-19
At Beatrice Public Schools, we want to assure families that we are taking all the essential precautions and we have protocols in place to respond to any outbreak of communicable diseases within our schools. Below you will find all resources related to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the measures being taken by the district.
Resolution- District's Shift to Distance Learning Setting (posted 4/20/20)
Food Distribution Change - Updated 4/17/2020 12:45PM
Starting on 4/20 meals will be handed out on Monday and Wednesday ONLY. Children will get TWO meals on Monday and THREE meals on Wednesday. Please click here for an updated menu.
Food Distribution Change for Easter- Updated 4/3/2020 3:15PM
With Easter coming up we will have different days we will be handing out meals. Monday, April 6th we will hand out TWO breakfast and TWO lunches. Wednesday, April 8th we will hand out THREE breakfast and THREE lunches. Tuesday, April 14th we will hand out ONE lunch and ONE breakfast. After April 14th, we will be back to our normal delivery days. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dawn at 402-223-1536 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Closure- Updated 4/2/2020 1:15PM
On April 1, Governor Pete Ricketts announced Nebraska’s eighth Directed Health Measure (DHM). As part of this DHM, schools statewide are directed to operate without students in their buildings through May 31st. Extracurricular activities are cancelled statewide as well.
Traditional graduation ceremonies are not going to be possible this May. Beatrice will be working to determine appropriate alternative methods to honor the Class of 2020, whether that be a ceremony at a later date or some other locally determined alternative graduation that complies with the guidance of health officials.
School is still in session through remote learning opportunities that have been implemented by classroom teachers. Continue to work with your children to enhance learning through the normal school calendar time frame.
More information regarding Graduation ceremonies and Summer learning opportunities will be made available in the near future, as district administration continues to evaluate the directives from state and local officials.
School Closure- Updated 3/23/2020 12:15 PM
After consultation with our Health Department and other State and Local officials, it has been determined that all schools in the ESU 5 Region, which includes Beatrice Public Schools, will be closed through Friday, May 1st, with the possibility of schools being closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This decision will be re-evaluated as circumstances change, and another announcement will be made on April 22nd concerning the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.
This is a precautionary public health measure; local health and school officials are monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Southeast Nebraska closely. School Superintendents met with Public Health Solutions and determined that this action would help prevent exposure to our area to flatten the curve and decrease the spread of disease.
Continue the learning process through the materials and resources provided by your teachers.
Food Distribution Information- Updated 3/20/2020 3:45 PM
Meals are free to kids from the age of 1-18. Kids need to be present when the meal is handed out. Meals will be available at the following locations:
- Lincoln Elementary - north parking lot
- Paddock Lane Elementary - east parking lot
- Beatrice Middle School - 4th Street (heading North)
- Stoddard Elementary - teacher parking lot on the southwest end
- Beatrice Community Preschool
- YMCA Parking Lot
- Beatrice Public Library Parking Lot
- Meriweather & N Bell
- Family & Friends Gathering Event Center (604 West Court)
- South 8th & Green (Old Hospital Location)
- 3rd & Belvedere Ave
- Roszell-Exmark Park (Union & Park St)
Meals can be picked up from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Monday will include 2 breakfast and 2 lunches. Wednesday will include 2 breakfast and 2 lunches. Friday will include 1 lunch and 1 breakfast.
Please help in our preparation and complete the survey (click here for survey) if you need meals.
Backpack Program- Updated 3/19/2020
St. John's (701 N 6th) will be handing out backpacks to those families which already receive them. Backpacks can be picked up on Fridays from 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM. Please park in the north parking lot and enter through the glass doors on the east. If you are unable to make it to St. John's please call 402-223-1536.
School Closure- Updated 3/16/2020 4:30 PM
On the basis of the current information released by the CDC, Beatrice Public Schools is making the difficult decision to close our doors until March 31st pending further directives from the state. Buildings will be open for designated times on Tuesday, March 17th for students and parents to pick up supplies and materials to ensure learning opportunities continue. Please contact the building directly if you are unable to make it during the times posted below.
- Preschool 7:45 - 9 AM
- Last Names A-K: 9- 10 AM
- Last Names L-z: 10:15- 11:15 AM
- Middle School: 9 AM- 12 PM
- High School: 8:30 AM- 2 PM
Letters from Administration
DHHS Website. Link: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
NDE Website. Link: https://www.education.ne.gov/publichealth/resources/
CDC’s dedicated Coronavirus Website. Link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Beatrice Community Hospital Website. Link: https://beatricecommunityhospital.com/coronavirusnews
Please feel free to call the district office at 402-223-1500 if you have any questions.