Beatrice Public Schools close Thursday due to staffing shortages
BEATRICE, Neb. (KLKN) – According to a press release from Beatrice Public Schools, the recent rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and other illnesses has created a significant staffing crisis.
The school district is concerned about having sufficient staff in their buildings each week to keep schools safely open for student in-person learning.
“We are experiencing challenges at every position – teachers, paraeducators, nurses, counselors, psychologists, transportation, nutrition services, custodial, office support staff, administrators, and all of the other support positions that help a school run safely,” said Beatrice Public Schools.
In addition to the staffing crisis, a large number of students are missing valuable instruction and falling behind in classes.
On Thursday, Jan. 20, and Friday, Jan. 21, Beatrice Public Schools will not be in session. Schools will be back open on Monday, Jan. 24th.
School buildings will remain open with teachers reporting.
BLAST after-school program will be closed and all middle and high school extra circular activities will continue as scheduled.
BPS urges students who have been out ill to use the time off to catch up on learning.
Staff will be available to support students virtually on work and lessons that students may have missed.