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Covid 19 guidelines for BCS

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Bertrand Community School Families,

Due to the recent spike and increase of COVID-19 cases in Phelps County and Two-Rivers Health District, Bertrand Community School will be requiring masks in all high traffic areas. Those areas include hallways, transition time between classes, buses, and when students enter and leave the building.  Consistent use of masks is an appropriate mitigation strategy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is strongly encouraged by the CDC.

We understand that students need a break from masking. During classroom time, it will be at the teachers’ discretion as to when the masks can be taken off.   For example, if students are working individually at their desk or table, the mask can be removed.  However, if students are involved in small group activities, they should be masked.  Again, teachers will have the discretion to make those decisions for students in the classrooms. Having students wear masks is a safety precaution during school, and, as always, our main priority is to keep all students and staff safe during this unprecedented time of COVID-19.  

Students who do not feel comfortable wearing a mask may wear a clear plastic shield. 

Bertrand Community School will provide masks and shields as long as products are available.  If a student chooses to wear a shield, that shield will need to stay at school.  The shield will be sanitized for reuse for the student.  The school district will have disposable masks available.  Each student has been given multiple cloth masks to start the school year, we ask that those masks be used.  Please wash those masks after each daily use. 

COVID-19 Terminology

Direct contact- is someone who lives in the same household 

Close contact-is someone who is unmasked and within 6 feet, for 15 minutes or longer of someone who is COVID positive

Home isolation-is 10 days from the date you were tested, continuing to monitor symptoms

Home quarantine-is 14 days starting from the date of your last contact with the COVID positive person, continuing to monitor symptoms

Symptoms-fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath

Self-monitoring-watch for symptoms of COVID-19 in school, in home isolation, or in home quarantine

 COVID-19 Guidelines

Contact the school office if you have been tested for COVID-19. 

Contact the school office if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

If you are having symptoms-fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste & smell, & shortness of breath, please stay home

While awaiting COVID-19 test results, anyone who is tested and a direct contact with the person being tested must be quarantined.  A direct contact is anyone who lives in the same household as the person being tested. 

Home quarantine can end if you remain symptom free after 14 days

Home isolation starts for 10 days from when you have been tested.  The 10 days starts from the day you were tested and you must continue to monitor symptoms.

Home isolation can end if you are fever free after the 10 days without using fever reducing medication such as Tylenol

Close contact is closer than 6 feet, unmasked, for 15 minutes or longer

As this COVID-19 spike in our area continues, we ask that communication be open.  Our main goal is to keep all students and staff as safe as possible at this time.  We want to keep the students in school and in session.  This pandemic continues to throw challenges at all of us, so we need to work together as one, with respect, flexibility, and understanding.  If you have questions, please call the office and speak to Mr. Kidder or Mr. Brown.  


Mr. Brown

School supply list 2020-2021

PK – 6th Grade: Most school supplies will be provided by the Lions Club. Please provide your own backpack, headphones, water bottle, and an extra pair of tennis shoes for P.E.

Jr – Sr High: Pens, pencils, highlighters, a scientific calculator, ear buds, optional stylus, note cards, notebooks or 5 subject notebook, 2 to 4 cloth stretch book covers. Calculus students need binders. Geometry, Trig, and Calculus students need a scientific calculator, or graphing calculator, a TI-84 is a good one to get.

Face masks: ESU has ordered 5 face masks per student, but they have NOT come in yet.

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Details of end of the academic school year

According to the 2019-20 school calendar, the end of the current school year is set for Wednesday, May 20th. After looking at the Nebraska Department of Education requirements for minimum hours, the Bertrand Community School will have met that requirement on Friday, May 8th. The Board of Education and the Administrative team at Bertrand Community School have determined that all 7th-12th grade students that have completed all assignments and are passing all classes by May 8th will have completed all requirements for the 2019-20 school year effectively ending their school year. Those 7th-12th grade students that have not completed all assigned course work and/or are not passing their classes will be given until Wednesday, May 20th to meet these requirements. The students not meeting the above criteria will be notified by their teacher on May 8th when they can discuss an individual student plan for the remainder of the school year. All junior and senior high teachers will be available to assist students as needed between May 8th and 20th.

Our K-6 teachers will be using the time May 8th-20th time to work with struggling students in areas of greatest need and/or whole group activities to reinforce specific state standards and positive academic growth. Our goal over these eight days is to provide ample opportunity for struggling students to end the school year on a positive note. Please call Mr. Kidder at 308-472-3427 or email at if you have any questions.

Official Letter Regarding End of the School Year Details