COVID-19 Resources

Spring 2021 Plan Update

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6-15-21

COVID-19 and learning for the 2021-2022 school year.

Due to the continuous drop in COVID-19 cases in our area, the district is planning for the following;

  1. To keep up with our return to school plan and any updates, please visit https://www.nppsd.org/page/covid-19-resources.

  2. We encourage all staff and eligible students to get vaccinated if they have not already done so. Please, connect with WCDHD to find a time that best works for you https://wcdhd.org/.

  3. If the community risk dial is in green or yellow, face-coverings will be optional.

  4. North Platte Schools will no longer offer the option of remote learning for students. We encourage students to return to the classroom for in-person learning next fall.

  5. The Return to School plan will be adjusted as new, current information is received.

We will continue to work with state and local health officials as we move through the summer and adapt our plans as we need to err on the side of caution for those we serve.

5-10-21

After careful consideration, North Platte Public Schools has decided to lift restrictions on face-coverings from required to highly recommended for all students and staff effective Wednesday, May 12th for the remainder of this school year.  We encourage students, staff, and families to continue wearing face-coverings if you have any uncertainties or you have underlying health conditions, participate in ongoing spring sports, or are uncomfortable sending your student/s to school without them. Moving forward, we will continue to follow strict hygiene requirements for all students and staff.

As of this Wednesday, we have five school days remaining. We are excited to lift the face-covering restriction from required to highly recommended allowing our students and staff a sense of normality for the balance of this school year.  This being said, we will support your decision to do what is best for your student/s regarding face-covering as we complete in-person learning for all students and staff.

We will continue to network with our health care advisors regarding COVID-19 and the variant of the virus as we develop our plans for the upcoming school year.  Over the summer, district leadership will evaluate the spread of the virus and its variants before launching new recommendations for the 2021-2022 school year.

Finally, as vaccines become available for younger age groups, we want to encourage you to consider having your student/s vaccinated before starting the new school year.

Updated - 5-3-21

In a continued effort to complete the 2020-2021 school year with in-person learning, North Platte Public schools will finish this school year with masks, hygiene, and social distancing requirements in place.  This decision has not been made lightly and has been with the continued consideration of community risk factors, including the spread of the COVID variant in our area.  Internal factors also play a decisive role as we have seen a slight increase in positive cases in our student population.  It has and will continue to be our goal to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students, staff, and families.  Thank you for your continued support.

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Updated - 4-12-21

This update includes the decision to complete our school year by requiring masks for all students and staff. This decision is due to the increase in our community risk-dial and the spread of the COVID-19 variant. As stated throughout the pandemic, our goal is to safely provide in-person learning for the students, staff, and families we serve.  As we conclude this school year, we hope to allow our students to participate in field days, academic award ceremonies, in-person graduation, and end-of-the-year celebrations.  With these items in mind, we will conclude our school year by asking our students to stay the course with masking, hygiene, and social distancing when possible.

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Hello Staff, Students, And Families,

In partnership with the Nebraska Department of Education and West Central District Public Health, North Platte Public Schools has developed guidance to support the district and community in determining their plans and strategies for reopening schools and facilities.  NPPS' Return-to-School Plan provides straightforward, actionable steps that are advisable for the remainder of the school year and summer.

We are nearing the end of the school year.  We will proceed with caution as the community and district risk dial changes.   Many details still need to be considered, and we will announce more detailed information as we get closer to April, May, June, and July.  Below is some information to help you understand the district's steps to slow the virus's spread and adjust various safety protocols.

We share our plan to conclude this school year with in-person learning while providing a healthy and safe learning environment for our students, staff, and community.

*Please note, as has been the case with all NPPSD pandemic plans, this plan is subject to change at any time.

April 1-30

1.       We will evaluate all processes and guidelines as needed.  We will determine if we can make more liberal adjustments for this school year and summer balance during this evaluation.  Areas of consideration:

a.       Community Risk-Dial - external factors

b.       Number of cases and spread in schools - internal factors

c.       The number of consecutive weeks the risk dial remains in yellow or if/when it changes

d.       If the virus variant is affecting our community and schools

2.       We will continue to work with our public health officials and NDE to adjust pandemic planning.

3.       We will allow media in our schools that have gained approval as follows:

a.       Contact the Director of Communications, Tina Smith

b.       Tina will connect with the school administration and those involved in the interview

c.       Anyone involved in interviews will wear face-covering, social distance, and practice good hygiene and handwashing.

4.       We will allow TeamMate Volunteers in our schools as follows:

a.       All volunteers are required to wear face-covering, social distance, and practice good hygiene and handwashing.

d.       Final approval of volunteers in buildings is granted to building administration.

5.       Field Trips Are Allowed at principal's discretion - Scheduled between 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

a.       Anyone involved in field trips will wear face-covering, social distance, and practice good hygiene and handwashing.

6.       Students and Staff Are Allowed to visit other NPPS buildings at the discretion of both the hosting and home principal.  

a.       Permissions must be gained in advance and in writing from both principals before each visit occurs.

b.       Anyone involved in cross-campus visits will wear face-covering, social distance, and practice good hygiene and handwashing.

7.       April 24 – NPHS Prom

a.       Guidelines to be shared by NPHS staff to students and families as we get closer to the date and following current health district recommendations

May 1-19

1.       We will evaluate all processes and guidelines as needed.  We will determine if we can make more liberal adjustments for this school year and summer balance during this evaluation.  Areas of consideration:

a.       Community Risk-Dial - external factors

b.       Number of cases and spread in schools - internal factors

c.       The number of consecutive weeks the risk dial remains in yellow or if/when it changes

d.       If the virus variant is affecting our community and schools

2.       We will continue to work with our public health officials and NDE to adjust pandemic planning.

May 9 – NPHS In-Person Graduation

a.       Guidelines to be shared by NPHS staff to students and families as we get closer to the date and following current health district recommendations.

3.     Open Houses - principal discretion - appropriate safety measures

 Goals for Summer  May 20 - August 10

(Staff Return from Summer Break: New Staff - August 5, 6, & 9; All Staff - August 10)

*Decisions for May and the Summer may change based on the school district and community risk dial at the given time.

1.       We will continue to work with our public health officials and NDE to adjust pandemic planning.

2.       We will allow media in our schools that have gained approval as follows:

a.       Contact the Director of Communications, Tina Smith

b.       Tina will connect with the school administration and those involved in the interview

c.       Anyone involved in interviews will wear face-covering, social distance, and practice good hygiene and handwashing.

3.       Kids Klub, Summer School, Summer Camps, Curriculum Writing, and Professional Development, Staff Training will operate as scheduled and with the guidance of the directed health measures at the time of events.

 Again, we are so proud of you, and your dedication to keeping our students, staff, and community healthy and our schools open to in-person learning.  We will continue to err on the side of caution as we complete this academic year.  If you have any questions, please contact your direct supervisor.

 

Best Regards,

Dr. Ron Hanson

Superintendent, NPPS

PDF Of The April 12 Update

PDF Of The March 24th Update

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