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Updated Lewiston Consolidated Schools Safe Return to Learn Plan 2021-2022





Lewiston Consolidated Schools

Safe Return to Learn Plan

October 18, 2021

(Board reviewed and approved December 16, 2021)




Lewiston Consolidated Schools

306 Tiger Avenue

Lewiston, NE 68331




District-Wide Plan to Keep School Community Safe

The number one priority of Lewiston Consolidated Schools is the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff.  The number one goal is to keep kids in school. 

Currently there are no Direct Health Measures (DHM’s) in place. 

This plan is a working document that can be revisited and revised to the ever-changing impact that COVID has caused on the traditional education system.  If the district is ever put into a situation where staff is unable to provide transportation and/or a quality education, a remote learning format may be utilized for the entire district or a specific group of students.

It is important to remember that school officials will be continuously monitoring District Health Measures put into place for Pawnee County and seeking advice from the Southeast Health Department Director.


During the 2021-2022 school year, there may be a short-term closure or a long-term closure because of a COVID outbreak.  We are encouraging parents to plan for both scenarios this school year.  If this were to occur, we would implement an updated version of our Continuous Learning Plan during any long-term school closure.

Until further notice, all students utilizing parent transportation will be required to enter and exit the front (South) entrance by the Principal’s office.  All students riding a school bus will enter and exit the preschool entrance.  All students driving to school will enter and exit the ticket booth entrance.

Risk Categories

Lewiston Consolidated Schools will be in communication with local officials at the Southeast Health Department and the Nebraska Department of Education for risk categories.  We will follow the Green category plan until further notice.  The Superintendent of Schools will determine the risk category in which the school will operate and protocols for each different level will be provided.  (Low-Green, Medium-Yellow, and Red-High)

COVID GREEN:  Low Risk of COVID-19 Spread​, With Few, If Any, Active Cases Locally

  • All students in grades Pre-K through 12 will attend school in person.


  • All persons entering the building, including students and staff will have their temperature checked before entering. Temperatures must not exceed 100.4.


  • Students and staff will be encouraged to social distance.  Masks are optional.  Masks will be provided by the school if a student does not have access to a mask and wishes to wear one.  Students will be allowed to wear their personal mask if they desire.


Lewiston Consolidated COVID Information/Recommendations

  • The district will follow the Southeast Health Department guidance, recommendations, and requirements.
  • Students will be sent home when becoming ill at school.
  • ​Parents will be notified of the presence of any positive cases in their child’s classroom that have been “confirmed” by a healthcare professional and encouraged to watch for symptoms at home.  We ask that parents please notify the school if your child has been exposed and encourage parents to follow their doctor’s direction.
  • In the event that a student tests positive, immediate efforts should be made to contact any close contacts so that they can be quarantined at home if necessary. Classmates should be closely monitored for any symptoms.  Testing of all students in the class is not required.  Students developing symptoms are encouraged to test and follow the direction of their doctor.
  • ​Parents are encouraged to check student’s temperature at home every morning using oral, tympanic, or temporal scanners; students with a temperature of 100.4 greater should stay home and consider coronavirus testing if no other explanation is available.
  • ​Parents are encouraged to ask their children or monitor for any cough, congestion, shortness of breath, or gastrointestinal symptoms every morning. Any positives should prompt the parent to keep the student home from school and seek out testing.


Facility Response to a Positive Test Among Staff and/or Student

  • In the event of a positive test among staff or a student, the classroom or areas exposed will be cleaned and disinfected. 
  • ​If a large area of the school is exposed to a person that tests positive, short-term dismissal may be required to clean and disinfect the exposed areas.

Classroom Layout

All students and staff will work to follow social distancing guidelines at all times during classroom instruction. 

Non-NSAA Activities

Activities such as the field trips, assemblies, homecoming, prom, etc. will be evaluated based guidance from the Southeast Health Department and Directed Health Measures throughout the 2021-2022 school year.  

Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities will follow NSAA guidelines and recommendations and be evaluated based on the Southeast Health Departments and Directed Health Measure throughout the 2021-2022 school year. 

Media Center

The media center may be restricted.  The Media center will follow strict guidelines set by the State Library Commission.   


Sharing of Equipment & Supplies 

We are asking staff members to keep each child’s belongings separated from others and to keep belongings in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or designated areas.  We want staff to minimize the sharing of high touch materials to the greatest extent possible (Books, electronic devices, school supplies, and toys).  If equipment needs to be used by a group of students, staff members will only allow one student at a time to use the equipment and the staff members must clean and disinfect the equipment between uses.

Students with Underlying Medical Conditions

If a student has an underlying medical condition that is identified in written form by a physician, the parents/guardians can contact the building principal to setup an off campus 504 Plan for their son or daughter during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Transportation Plan

Lewiston Consolidated Schools will be following bus safety guidelines to ensure all students and bus drivers are safe at all times. Masks are optional.

  • Bus drivers may check the temperature of each rider before the child enters the bus.
  • Students with a fever of 100.4 or higher may not be allowed to board the bus.
  • Students may be required to sit by their siblings on all bus rides.
  • Bus drivers will clean their buses thoroughly after every daily bus route.
  • We are highly recommending older siblings that currently drive to school to take their younger sibling each day to school to allow for more social distance space on daily bus routes.



Parents, guardians, and visitors will be allowed in our buildings during the 2021-2022 school year.  All formal educational meetings may need to occur online or over the phone (Individual Education Meetings, Parent Teacher Conferences, 504 Meetings, etc.).  Only staff currently on payroll, individuals that drop off needed supplies, and personnel that need to work on the facilities will be allowed in the district facilities.  All other visitors are asked to phone the office 402-865-4675 prior to arrival and agree to a temperature check upon entering the building.

Water Bottles

We are asking all students and staff members to use water bottles throughout the 2021-2022 school year. Only the water bottle filler part of the drinking fountain will be able to be used.




Building Procedures - Elementary

Before Arriving at School:

We ask that parents do a pre-symptom check every morning with their child(ren).  Temperature will not be taken at the door.

Arriving at School:

Grades PreK-6th grade will report directly to their classrooms no earlier than 8:00 am.  Students eating breakfast will be provided a grab and go breakfast.    


Grab and go breakfast will be provided.



Each classroom will be required to take their class to the restroom and have their students wash their hands prior to eating lunch. 

Students will eat in the lunchroom at their designated time.

Lunch will be served as usual with social distancing practiced whenever possible.

Hand sanitizer will be available.

All food items will be placed on tray. 

No self-serve will be allowed.


Lunch Recess Procedures:

Playground equipment will be available to play on during recess time and rotated on a daily basis between classes. Each grade will have a designated area to play outside for recess.

End of the Day Dismissal:

All students will be required to stay in their individual rooms until it is time to line up for bus routes or to be dismissed for the day.  All teachers or paras will be required to walk their class to the bus loading area each day. 

Hand Washing:

Students will be encouraged to wash their hands as often as possible.  Hand sanitizer will also be available and used as often as possible.   Students will also wash their hands before and after lunch every day.  

Special Classes:

The following Elementary School special classes may occur in each self-contained classroom throughout the 2021-2022 school year: art, keyboarding, library, and music.  Band and physical education classes will be allowed to occur in their regular classroom areas.


Building Procedures Jr./Sr. High School (7-12)

Before Arriving at School:

We ask that parents do a pre-symptom check every morning with their child(ren).  Temperatures will be taken at the door.  Upon entering the building, students should place necessary materials (coats) in their locker and report immediately to their 1st period class.  There shall be no mingling of students in the hallways.

Students who do not ride a bus to school are not allowed in school until after 8:00 a.m. 


Grab and go breakfast will be provided.



Students will be required to wash their hands prior to eating lunch. 

Students will eat in the lunchroom at their designated time.

Lunch will be served as usual with social distancing whenever possible.

Hand sanitizer will be available.

All food items will be placed on tray. 

No self-serve will be allowed.


During Class Time:

All students and staff will follow social distancing guidelines whenever possible during classroom instruction.  All desks will need to face the same direction and they will need to remain six feet apart whenever possible. Staff will be required to wipe down all tables, desks, and chairs between classes and during their planning period.


End of the Day Dismissal:

When classes are dismissed, students may wear a face covering when leaving the building and students will be required to leave the school premises and not socializing in the halls, commons, locker rooms, or parking lots. 

Hand Washing:

Students will be encouraged and reminded to wash their hands.   Students will wash their hands on their way to get their lunches.  Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom and hallway so that it can be used as often as desired. 

How to Keep the Facilities & Students/Staff Healthy and Safe


The following essential actions will be taken to ensure that the facilities are safe for students and staff to inhabit.  The district will:

• Change air filters regularly.

• Distribute wastebaskets, tissues, and spray sanitizer to each classroom and office.

• Post signage about frequent hand washing, cough etiquette, and nose blowing.

• Follow guidance from the CDC when performing all cleaning.

  • Custodial staff will disinfect daily.


 Students & Staff 

The following essential actions will be taken to ensure that the students and staff stay healthy and safe.  The district will:

• Encourage students and staff to stay away from school when sick.

• Teach students to use face coverings appropriately when necessary, stress the importance of covering a cough, and using/discarding tissues appropriately.

• Stress the importance of keeping hands away from the eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Teach students and staff how to keep surfaces clean and disinfected.

• Introduce hand washing best practices.

• Ensuring that adequate supplies are available and in good functional condition (pending availability).


 Public Health Officials

 The district will contact public health officials as requested to provide data regarding illness.

 District Plans for Dealing with COVID Like Symptoms

The administration and staff will work to identify and separate anyone who exhibits COVID like symptoms.  School personnel will use transmission precaution protocols when caring for a sick student or staff member.  A school administrator, school counselor, secretary, school employee, or a parent/guardian may transport anyone that is sick home or to a healthcare facility.  

If a student becomes sick with COVID like symptoms, the school personnel will notify local health officials, the student’s family, and any staff member that had contact with the student immediately regarding the possible case. 

The district will close off areas used by a sick student or staff member and no one will be allowed to use this area until it has been cleaned and disinfected.  The district will advise sick students and staff members to not return to school until they have met CDC criteria.

The administration will do their best to follow state, federal, and CDC guidance.

Students and staff that have symptoms are encouraged to follow their physician’s direction.  The school district will follow Southeast Health Department guidelines for re-admittance.