March 26, 2020 COVID-19 Update
March 26, 2020
Dear NWPS Parents/Guardians,
Based on recommendations from the Two Rivers, Central District, and Loup Basin Health Departments, Northwest Public Schools will be extending our facility closure date to students through May 1, 2020 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
A decision of this magnitude would not be made if we did not feel that it was necessary to help ensure the general welfare and safety of our communities. We will meet with our public health departments on April 15th to review current health information that is available at that time.
Review/Enrichment Learning Opportunities:
We are set to begin the second week of review and enrichment activities for students. This set of activities will be for the week of March 30th to April 3rd. A notification was sent to parents identifying times that their students’ buildings will be open to pick up materials.
Learning Opportunities beginning April 6, 2020:
Teachers began the planning process to move to an online learning platform beginning Monday, April 6th. A new set of lessons will be planned for each week; the first set of activities will go out Monday, April 6. Teachers will be communicating with their classes through Google Classroom(3-8), SeeSaw(K-2), Zoom and email.
Student devices have been issued during this past week. If you were unable to pick one up or if you are having technology difficulties or have questions with your school device, please contact Brian Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Heather Callihan (email@example.com).
Breakfast and Lunch:
Grand Island Public Schools is providing meals for anyone 18 years old and younger. Grab ‘n’ Go breakfast and lunch will be available regardless of free and reduced lunch eligibility or their school of attendance. Meals will be distributed via a drive-through model. Children will be given a breakfast bag intended for the next day and a sack lunch. One meal per student will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. while supplies last. No one will be allowed inside the building for any purpose.
Grab ‘n’ Go meals for children will be served at the main entrance of the following locations, unless noted otherwise:
- Walnut Middle School; 1600 N. Custer Ave.; Door 23 (east entrance)
- Knickrehm Elementary; 2013 N. Oak St.
- Seedling Mile Elementary; 3208 East Seedling Mile Rd.
- Dodge Elementary; 641 S. Oak St.
- Howard Elementary; 502 W. 9th St.
- Lincoln Elementary; 805 N. Beal St.
- Starr Elementary; 1800 S. Adams St.
- Shoemaker Elementary; 4160 W. Old Potash Highway
Once again, I would like to thank Grand Island Public Schools for providing meals for all of the students in the Grand Island Community. Any possible changes to the meal service will be announced on the GIPS.org website.
Spring Activities and Events:
From the NSAA: The NSAA announced yesterday that all spring activities have been suspended through May 1st. They also indicated that these suspensions may be extended should the conditions warrant.
Member schools and student-participants are expected to adhere to the NSAA Constitution & Bylaws and activity manuals during this time.
As more information becomes available, official updates will be posted on the NSAA website and the NSAA social media platforms.
We are still postponing any major activity (Musical, Prom, etc.). Depending on the length of school closure, if a date can be identified to reschedule, we will make every attempt to do so.
Graduation is still scheduled for May 17th, and at this time, we have not moved or rescheduled graduation. As the date comes closer, we will make the necessary modifications to the date, format, etc. based on recommendations from our local health departments. We will communicate any changes as the time grows closer.
It is extremely important that we are communicating as much information as possible in the best method that we can. If you are not receiving notifications or if you have questions about communications that have been sent out, please let us know. Our goal is to keep everyone well informed with the information we can share.
Once again, on behalf of the Northwest Public Schools, I would like to thank you for your patience as we work through these closures and postponements. We are navigating through unchartered times and making decisions that are in the best interest of our Northwest Community, realizing that this is not ideal for anyone! If you have any questions, please let us know.
Jeffrey E. Edwards, Ed.D