NPPS – Extends Thanksgiving Break
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.