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Elementary Masking Changes

To All Elementary Families of Bennington Public Schools,
We continue to receive updated guidance from the Douglas County Health Department
regarding how to handle positive cases in an elementary classroom. Bennington has
received notification of seven (7) positive COVID-19 cases within our elementary
schools and 32 elementary students who have been sent home due to COVID-19
symptoms or having close contact with COVID-19. Due to the updated guidance and
the increase in ill and exposed students, we are making the following change in our
guidance that was sent out in our Friday Notes.
In summary:
1. If one (1) confirmed case of COVID-19 has occurred in a classroom, all
students and staff in the class will be required to wear a mask, while indoors,
for 14 calendar days following the last unmasked exposure. Note: The previous
guidance that was sent out on Friday noted masks should be worn, but were
not required when a classroom exposure occurs.
2. Masking will continue to be required if a second case is identified in the same
classroom. If additional cases are identified within the masked classroom, BPS
will work with DCHD to determine if a classroom closure is necessary.
3. If two (2) or more classrooms in a school are closed within a 14-day period,
ALL students and staff in the building will be required to wear a mask at all
times while inside the school building for 28 calendar days (two incubation
periods) following the second classroom closure.
Beginning with positive cases identified on or after August 31, a classroom-based
mask requirement will take effect on the following school day for the entire 14-day
period. You will be notified by your child’s principal regarding the final day of your
student’s mask requirement. This notification is done via email which will have a letter
attached. If a second case occurs within 14 days of the first case, the masking period
may be extended up to an additional 14 days. If your child arrives at school without a
mask, one will be provided for him/her.
Thank you for your assistance in keeping our classrooms open for our students.



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Dr. Terry L. Haack, Superintendent · 11620 North 156th Street · Bennington, NE · Phone: (402) ­ 238­-3044
Bennington Elementary · 11620 North 156th Street · PO Box 309 · 402­-238­-2690 · fax 402­-238­-2185
Bennington High School · 16610 Bennington Road · PO Box 309 · 402­-238­-2447 · fax 402­-238­-2950
Bennington Middle School · 11201 N. 168th Street ·PO Box 309 · 402­-238­-3082 · fax 402­-916­-5823
Anchor Pointe Elementary · 17007 HWS Cleveland Boulevard · PO Box 309 · 402­-238­-2166 · fax 402­-885­-8604
Pine Creek Elementary · 7801 N HWS Cleveland Blvd. · PO Box 309 · 402­-238­-2372 · fax 402­-238­-2416
Heritage Elementary · 9950 Rosewater Parkway · PO Box 309 · 402­-238­-2095 · fax 402­-238­-3351
District Office · 11620 North 156th Street · PO Box 309 · 402­-238­-3044 · 402­-238­-2185