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Remote Learning To Begin The Week of March 30, 2020

Good Evening North Platte Public School District Families,

This evening I would like to outline the district plan regarding the balance of this school year.  After significant consideration, the district has decided to best assist in the reduction of the spread of COVID- 19 or the Coronavirus, we will be canceling all on-campus or in-person classes for the remainder of this school year.  We will move all education, PK- 12, to remote learning effective the week of March 30th.  Remote learning will conclude on May 15, 2020; this is three days ahead of our planned schedule.

During the week of March 23rd, principals will communicate with students and families as to what this will entail for their particular school.  Until this time, we ask that you give our principals and teachers time to plan for instruction and make arrangements for materials and personal items to be picked up.

Seniors, NPHS staff are working to ensure all graduation requirements are met on or before May 13, 2020.  Due to the ever-changing climate of this virus, we will announce plans for prom and graduation as those dates approach.  It is important to note that if we were to make a decision today based on the current CDC guidelines, neither of these events would be allowed to occur.  We ask that you plan on the side of caution until additional guidelines are provided.

I do realize this is a great deal of information and ask that you check your email for a copy of this information.  Additionally, we invite you to join us remotely for the 10:00 a.m. press conference to be hosted tomorrow, Friday, March 20, 2020, by Dr. Ron Hanson, NPPSD Superintendent.  Please watch through local media outlets.

Families, our thoughts are with each of you. We hope that you take this evening to discuss the details of this change with your family.  Please take a moment to watch the video Rooted In Love by Mike Smith, it is posted to this message and is shared to our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/nppsd.org/.

North Platte Public Schools continues to support the Public Health Command Center’s goal of controlling and limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  We continue to follow the safety guidelines provided by our Federal, State, and Local Health Officials daily. We currently have one positive individual who has tested positive in Lincoln County.  Based on all the information from the President of the United States, Governor, Commissioner of Education, and State and Local Health Officials, the following plan will be implemented:

Future school plans –       

  • NPPS will continue our collective efforts to prevent any spread of this bad virus.

  • NPPS will be canceling on-campus school attendance for the rest of the school year starting March 23, 2020.

  • We will continue to work with local and state health officials weekly to reevaluate the status of this decision.

  • NPPS is making plans to provide remote learning opportunities for all students. 

  • Principals and teachers are developing remote lesson plans for all students, March 23 to 27, 2020.

  • Principals will be communicating with students and families during March 23rd to 27th.

  • Our goal is to begin remote learning starting on Monday, March 30th.

  • NPHS staff will ensure all seniors have the opportunity to complete graduation requirements on or before May 13, 2020.

  • NPPS staff will provide remote learning opportunities for students in grades PK-11 from March 30th to May 15, 2020.

  • Teachers will be communicating with students about their learning expectations.      

  • Parents -  point of contact is the school principal.     

  • Remote learning opportunities will continue until May 15, 2020.

  • Teachers will complete the school year on May 20, 2020.

  • Prom – May 2, 2020 – A decision will be made later as the current CDC guidelines will not allow this event to occur . . . please plan accordingly. 

  • Graduation May 17, 2020 -  a decision will be made later as the current CDC guidelines will not allow this event to occur . . . please plan accordingly. 

  • March 30th to May 15th = 32 days – We have an opportunity to attempt learning using a different approach – this could influence how we choose to educate in the future.

  • Please be patient, positive, and flexible as we pursue this new pathway.