A Thanksgiving Message from Dr. Hanson . . .
Thankful. That is how I feel every day to serve as your Superintendent. We have completed 14 weeks of school, completed our Fall extracurricular season with great success, and we continue to support one another through these demanding times.
As we enjoy Thanksgiving break with our families and friends, on behalf of the District Administration and the Board of Education, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all you do to make our schools and community a great place to learn and live.
As we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful, I want to take this opportunity to share just a few of them with you: We are thankful for our students who come to school every day or remotely ready to learn – they give us all a daily reminder of what is important and why we are here.
We are thankful for the support of the parents in creating an outstanding partnership for our students. We are thankful for the teachers, health aides, bus drivers, secretaries, nurses, lunchroom aides, support staff, therapists, and administrators who really care about students and have the best interests of our students at heart.
In these most difficult and challenging times, we see dedicated and tireless individuals going above and beyond to make sure that great things happen in our schools. They do make a difference, and the children are safe and benefit from those efforts.
Most importantly, we are thankful for the parents and guardians that have kept the confidence in us. You continue to share your most valuable possession with us and—in most cases— work hard and advocate to be a partner in their children’s education, safety, and well-being. For this, we are ever so thankful North Platte Public Schools has and always will be a partnership with families and community. Thank you all for your support in preparing our students to be productive, responsible citizens in schools that are safe, caring, and supportive.
I would like to wish all of you and your families a happy, healthy, safe, and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!
Please enjoy this video created by our district and building administration team ~ https://youtu.be/wi06q0MRmXQ
One Team ~ Forever Strong
Listen in as NPHS coaches and students talk about being forever strong.
Update - 11-19-20
Extended Thanksgiving Break - NPPS has extended Thanksgiving break for the entire week of November 23rd. Classes will resume as scheduled on Monday, November 30, 2020.
UPDATE – 10-29-20
The District has UPDATED our Return To School Plan, Playbook, and Resources click the COVID-19 Resources tab in the Quicklinks below. Students, Staff, and the district will operate in the orange category guidelines if the community risk dial moves to red. If NPPS, WCDHD, and NDE determine that in-person learning is not safe due to the spread of the coronavirus, classrooms, schools, and/or the district will close and resort to remote learning as a safe alternative. More detailed information will be provided if we resort to remote learning. Update = Face-Coverings will be worn by all students, staff, and approved visitors through the end of December 2020. The district will re-evaluate the status of the COVID-19 spread prior to January 6, 2021. Plans are adjusted according to CDC Guidelines, State Directed Health Measures, and Guidance provided by the Governor and Commissioner of Education and the West Central District Health Department, as well as Health Agencies. Information changes on a weekly basis so please check back frequently for updates. The District will continue to focus on keeping our students and staff safe and keeping our school operating. Return to School Plans will be adjusted in a timely manner to accomplish the desired outcomes.
Face Coverings Are Required On All NPPS Properties until further notice.
Currently, Face Coverings Are Required On All NPPS Properties.
The State Board of Education is recommending a statewide mask mandate to ensure the safety of all students, staff, and community members. The recommendation comes in the form of a board resolution.
The resolution asks Nebraska communities to do their part to keep students and staff safe and to keep schools open through actions like wearing face coverings in public, staying home when possible, and avoiding the three Cs: crowded places, close contact, and confined spaces.
At the time of the resolution, more than 90,000 Nebraskans had contracted COVID-19 and more than 750 had lost their lives. Schools have largely been successful in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 within their buildings but the greatest threat to keeping schools open is community spread and the decreasing hospital capacity across the state.
The board also passed a resolution praising local health departments and health professionals who have worked tirelessly since the pandemic began.
November is also Native American Heritage Month and the board passed a third resolution honoring Native American culture and encouraging all Nebraska schools to include the contributions of Native Americans in their curriculum.
All three resolutions are available online and can be found at the following links:
Visit the form below for helpful resources about Coronavirus, how to talk about it with your student, and links to helpful information.
Join us as we visit with the talented NPHS Softball Seniors!
North Platte, Neb. – To support our staff, administration, students, health care providers, and community, NPPS will provide an extended break for the week of November 23, 2020. All schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, extending the Thanksgiving break for one full week. This closure does include all activities and events that were scheduled for the week. Schools will resume on Monday, November 30, 2020, at regularly scheduled times.
Over the past several weeks, North Platte Public Schools and the North Platte community have seen an uptick in COVID-19 quarantines and positive cases. This, coupled with Governor Pete Ricketts' latest ask to protect our hospitals, NPPS has followed suit in closing our schools to allow for a deep cleaning of all facilities and a much needed mental health break for staff and students. "NPPS is completing its 13th week of in-person and remote learning for all students. The teachers, principals, and support staff have been superheroes during these challenging times. The district continuously monitors the challenges, stresses, and emotional well-being of our staff," stated Dr. Ron Hanson, NPPS, Superintendent.
Skip Altig, North Platte Public Schools Board of Education President, showed support in a statement expressing gratitude for all staff and students' work and the concern for emotional and physical well-being. "We are proud of the work from our district staff, teachers, and administrators and recognize the need for a district-wide break. We hope that students, families, and all district staff will utilize this time to decompress," stated Altig.
"We ask that our students, staff, and families take time to rest, reconnect, and reset so that we can come back ready to finish the fall semester," Hanson added.
NPPS also encourages all citizens to stay safe and healthy by following the current Directed Health Measures, wearing face-coverings, maintaining a 6-foot distance from people outside of your household, and avoiding gatherings when possible.
To find more guidance on COVID-19 and to mitigate the spread of the virus, please visit the West Central District Health Department at wcdhd.org.
Have you moved to a new location or have a different phone number? Did your household membership change?
We now have "Self-Serve" in the Parent Portal.
What this means is you as parents and guardians of North Platte Public School students can make change requests through your parent portal account for address information, demographic data, and family information. This is a convenient way for you to keep your household information current to avoid missing any communication from your student’s teacher, principal, or the district office. These requests are then processed and updated by the IC system administrator at McKinley
You can find these features under "MORE" in the menu.
If you have not signed up for a Parent Portal account, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your
school(s) they are attending
As soon as this information is confirmed you will receive your Activation Key number and instructions explaining how to set up your account, via email.
There are other convenient and cool features coming to Parent Portal.
Learn more at:
Parents/Guardians & Staff,
This letter informs you of the procedures you should take if a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19.
1. Contact West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) at; 111 N Dewey, Suite A, North Platte, NE 69101 Phone: 308-696-1201.
a. WCDHD will notify families of the length of time quarantine and isolations are required for positive cases and direct contacts.
2. Contact the school/s your student/s attend
a. NPHS – 308-535-7105
b. Adams – 308-535-7112
c. Madison – 308-535-7126
d. Buffalo – 308-535-7130
e. Cody – 308-535-7132
f. Eisenhower – 308-535-7134
g. Jefferson – 308-535-7136
h. Lake – 308-532-9392
i. Lincoln – 308-535-7138
j. McDonald – 308-535-7140
k. Osgood – 308-535-7144
l. Washington – 308-535-7142
3. Direct exposures from non-members of a household will not require a letter from WCDHD however, students who were in direct contact with a positive case will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.
4. Schools will place students in remote learning and share how each student should plan to proceed. To view the district COVID-19 Resources, please visit nppsd.org and click COVID-19 Resources in the quick links tab.
If you or a household member is positive or in close contact with a COVID-19 case, the following is recommended.
It is recommended that students, staff, and families actively monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If there are symptoms that appear, it is recommended that the student be taken to the family’s health care provider OR contact West Central District Health https://wcdhd.org/what-we-do/health-services/emergency-preparedness/coronavirus/questions.html.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that we:
● Practice social and physical distancing, when possible
● Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, regularly
● Wear face coverings
● Get a flu shot
The (CDC) defines direct contact as:
● Less than 6-feet of distance lasting 15-minutes or longer
We do understand that you may have concerns before sending your students back to school. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and respect your right to keep your child home until your questions are answered.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through these sensitive times.