Bertrand Community School COVID Guidelines

We are in the second week of classes at Bertrand School, and that means the start of activities and games for the student athletes. We are also in different times right now and there will be certain expectations for those that choose to attend school activities.  As we’ve started communicating with other schools, it is quite apparent that there will be different expectations and guidelines for spectators at the different venues.  We will do the best we can to communicate and make you aware of those expectations.

As we start our football season at home, probably the biggest change is that there will not be the usual elementary Super Bowl Football Game on the sidelines that has always taken place.  Students attending the games are expected to abide by the spectator expectations, and be conscious of social spacing.

Attached to this post are the general guidelines and expectations that are in place for attending activities here at Bertrand Community School.  These will be updated/modified as needed, depending on the directions of our health district. Thank you for your help in observing these guidelines.

Flexibility needed for start of school

With the start of the 2020-21 school year right around the corner, administrators at schools across the state are attempting to put together plans for the re-opening of school after mandated closures in the spring.

At Bertrand, the start of school is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 17th. Mr. Jason Brown, Superintendant, and Mr. Shaun Kidder, Principal, have been working hard to develop plans for a safe return to the building. Keeping things as normal as possible, and following suggested guidelines from the Nebraska Department of Education and Two Rivers Health Department have proven to be a tricky and somewhat difficult task. Information and guidelines from these organizations continues to evolve and change quite rapidly, making it difficult to set definite plans this far in advance.

Detailed plans developed by the administrators have already had to be changed because of updates sent out by the organizations listed above just this week. Because of this, the administration at the school is asking for patience and understanding as this is a fluid situation. Changes and updates will occur as needed, as recommendations and updates continue to develop.

At this time, the use of masks at Bertrand Community School will be optional.  More detailed information will follow in the near future as the start of school gets closer. Meeting the needs of the students of our Bertrand Community School family is the main priority.

Lions Club to donate school supplies

The Bertrand Lions Club has announced that they will be providing school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year. Elementary students in grades PK-6 will receive their supplies at the start of school. Supplies will be sorted and distributed to each student’s classrooms. Please help us thank the members of the Lion’s Club for their generous donations!

Para-Position Opening for 2020-21 School year

Bertrand Community School has an opening for a Para-Educator position to begin with the 2020-2021 academic year. This position will be linked to work with the high school resource teacher and high school teaching staff. Candidates should possess the skills to build relationships with students and staff, assist teachers in modifying assignments, reinforce classroom information with students, possess strong organizational skills, and computer competency is considered a plus for this position. The time requirement is roughly 7.5 hours per day, 184 days a year. The current hourly pay for this position is $12.14 per hour and single health insurance. Applicants must have at minimum a high school diploma.

Those interested in applying should pick up an application packet from the office at Bertrand Community School. This position is open until filled…Bertrand Community School is an E.O.E.

school weight room re-opens to public

The Bertrand School Weight Room will be opening back up for community use beginning Monday, June 15th. Access will be available around the scheduled times set aside for our high school students.
We do ask that the following guidelines be followed:
– Observe social distancing practices, and please wipe down any equipment that you use. There are sanitizing wipes on the desk for this purpose.
– The water fountain in the weight room has been disconnected and is not usable, so you will need to bring your own water bottle.

The times that will be available to use the weight room are:
-5:00 – 6:30 a.m. (The weight room door should be accessible during this time, as has been in the past)
-9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (You may enter through the front office doors using the doorbell system)
-8:30 – 10:00 p.m. (You may contact Mr. Shaun Kidder, Mr. Craig Newcomb. — or Dr. Dennis Shipp through June 30th, and they will access the weight room door for you)

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through this time, and allowed us to get the students back into the space prior to opening back up to the community.