Districtwide, 7,046 students are learning remotely exclusively, the lowest number since July. And since the end of first semester, 2,400 have returned to school, Larson said.
The highest percentage of remote learners — 24% — are in high school, Larson said. Officials said that will help reduce the number of students in school when staggered schedules end.
The fact that the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department’s risk dial has remained in yellow, or moderate risk, for three weeks is one of the reasons LPS officials decided to end the staggered schedules, officials said.
Another reason: Of the 455 high school students and staff tested during the week of Feb. 8, just two in different schools tested positive for COVID-19, LPS officials said, a 0.4% positivity rate, officials said.
Joel said officials will continue to monitor positivity rates, and if they increase, high schools could return to staggered schedules.
He noted that some teachers may be concerned, especially since they have not yet been vaccinated, but officials believe it will be safe.
“We’ve done a very, very good job of stair-stepping our way back (to full enrollment),” he said. “There’s not a compelling reason not to bring our students back, as long as we understand things can change.”