PCS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update-Mar. 27, 2020
A safe and healthy learning environment remains a top priority at PCS. I understand that there may be many concerns about the closure of buildings for classes and activities, along with the corresponding lack of in-person contact for all of us, including students, parents, staff members, and administrators. I believe that we are a resilient community with residents that are uniting to support one another. This situation will make us even stronger together. I also believe we will learn from this and become better educators and partners in education with our community.
I am confident that many of you still see numerous COVID-19 updates from Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) Commissioner Dr. Matt Blomstedt, Governor Ricketts, various health professionals, and organizations such as the Sarpy/Cass Health Department. It might be easy to become lost in the sea of information that is provided to us on a daily basis.
Therefore, I want to assure you that our dedicated professionals have been working diligently on implementing our remote learning plans. I am proud of our educators that have developed meaningful plans to continue learning outside of our buildings.
Our mission statement is working in partnership to ensure academic achievement, responsible behavior, and civic engagement. The collaboration that has taken place with our children and families from our early childhood center, elementary school, middle school, and high school is truly remarkable, whether it be obtaining classroom materials, band instruments, medication, technological devices, or food. We are building even stronger partnerships that reflect the essence of our mission!
Remote Learning Timeline
So, what do we know about the timeline for remote learning? Our school buildings at PCS are closed for classes and activities until further notice. We are continually reviewing information available to us regarding COVID-19.
In a letter dated March 23, 2020 that is posted on the NDE website, Commissioner Dr. Matt Blomstedt recommends that schools be prepared to operate in an alternate learning environment throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. In response to a directed health measure order (DHMO) from Nebraska Chief Medical Officer/Director of Public Health Dr. Gary Anthone dated March 19, 2020, Governor Ricketts issued a press release noting that schools in Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington counties were directed to operate without student in their buildings through April 30, 2020. Subsequently, on March 25, 2020, Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) Executive Director Jay Bellar released a message that all NSAA activity practices and competitions are suspended through May 1. It is my understanding that they plan to periodically review the status of these items.
Due to the great leadership of our Board of Education, administrators, teachers, and non-certified staff members, I believe we are in a great position to continue learning in a remote environment for the foreseeable future. We will continually review and consider information from many sources including, but not necessarily limited to, the Sarpy/Cass Health Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, and Nebraska officials.
At the present time, we will continue with our remote learning plans and strive to maintain continuity of learning for all of our students. I assure you that our dedicated professionals are working diligently to implement learning plans for our students from all of our buildings. We will continue to review the plans and update them, as needed, for our students. Please be patient with our dedicated professionals. If you have questions or comments about the remote learning plans for your children, please contact the building principals where your children attend school.
This is a friendly reminder that if you do not have internet access at home, Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. They state installation fees will be waived for new student households. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll or for more information.
We understand that there may still be many unanswered questions regarding credits for seniors, graduation, grades, and other matters. We are in the process of developing answers to those questions, based on feedback from the Nebraska Department of Education and the United States Department of Education. However, we want to be thoughtful and reflective in our approach, based on the availability of information that might change rapidly on any given day. Your patience and understanding will be greatly appreciated.
Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
What can we do right now? All of us can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve.” Please go to the page on our website at https://bit.ly/2xzwOu3 and stay informed about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, your family, and others.
Families in Need of Assistance
The Plattsmouth Community Schools and OPAA! are providing Grab-N-Go breakfasts and lunches at no charge for any child in a household from birth to age 18 regardless of income. Meals are being distributed by the loading dock in the staff parking lot at Plattsmouth High School through Mon., Mar. 30, 2020. The address is 1916 Old Hwy. 34. Five breakfasts and five lunches are distributed per child. It is a drive-thru service each of the identified days from 6:30 AM to 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
However, Lund-Ross Constructors plans to start mobilizing at Plattsmouth High School for construction of our new skilled and technical sciences building addition. Therefore, starting Mon, Apr. 6, 2020, the food will be distributed at the same times and in the same drive-thru format at Plattsmouth Middle School. The address is 1724 8th Ave. Simply drive into the parking lot like you would to pick up a child from school, continue around the loop, and stop near door #19 (by the dumpster) and indicate how many children ages 0-18 are in your household. Someone will bring the food to your vehicle.
To help us get an accurate meal count, if you need food assistance, please complete the survey link that remains open at (https://bit.ly/3a82V2r). If you are unable to complete the survey online, please call 402-296-3361 and provide the necessary information.
In addition, our school social workers are continuing with food distribution through our backpack program that was in place before the COVID-19 emergency. They are also working with community partners to identify resources for families in need of assistance.
If you or someone you know needs assistance with water, food, or other supplies, please contact the school social worker at the building where your child attends school. Early childhood-Bri Renninger at email@example.com, elementary school-Sarah Coniglio at firstname.lastname@example.org, middle school-Sara Barada at email@example.com, and high school-Keryl Mines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coping with COVID-19
COVID-19 has been referred to as the novel coronavirus. According to Merriam-Webster, novel refers to something new and not resembling something that is formerly known or used. So, it seems reasonable that someone might find it challenging to cope with COVID-19. Click HERE to download and read the March 22, 2020 message from our school social workers that includes tips for coping with COVID-19.
I intend to provide weekly updates throughout the time that our buildings are closed to classes and activities regarding COVID-19. We have a resilient community with residents that continue to unite and support one another. I am confident that this situation will make us even stronger together. We will get through this together, but it will take some time and patience. Thank you for your support of our students, staff members, families, Board members, and our entire community. Until the next update, we shall remain #PLATTSMOUTHSTRONG!
Superintendent Dr. Richard E. Hasty
Anxiety, Depression, Disconnectedness?
As we transition to remote learning, our school social workers are here to support anyone that might experience anxiety, depression, or feelings of disconnectedness. Please click HERE and read the March 22, 2020 message from our school social workers that includes a variety of support resources. We are here to help you!
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please contact one of our school social workers. Early childhood-Bri Renninger at email@example.com, elementary school-Sarah Coniglio at firstname.lastname@example.org, middle school-Sara Barada at email@example.com, and high school-Keryl Mines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food for Families:
The Plattsmouth Community Schools and OPAA! will be providing Grab-N-Go breakfasts and lunches at no charge for any child in a household from birth to age 18 regardless of income. Meals will be distributed by the loading dock in the staff parking lot at Plattsmouth High School, 1916 Old Hwy. 34. We will start on Wed., Mar. 25 with three breakfasts and three lunches per child. Then, we will move to Monday distribution of five breakfasts and five lunches per child on Mon., Mar. 30 and each Monday thereafter during our COVID-19 closure. It will be a drive-thru service each of the identified days from 6:30 AM to 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
To help us get an accurate meal count, if you need food assistance, please complete the survey at this link (https://bit.ly/3a82V2r). If you are unable to complete the survey online, please call 402-296-3361 and provide the necessary information.
Notice of Request for Proposals for School District Auditor
The Plattsmouth Community School District in Plattsmouth, Nebraska is seeking an experienced, qualified examiner to provide auditing services to the district in connection with matters relating to school district financial records for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The Board will consider local or national firms for the services to be provided. Details for each proposal may be obtained at www.pcsd.org. Proposals are due to the Office of the Superintendent on or before Wed. Apr. 8, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud immediately and simultaneously in the presence of bidders or representatives of bidders, when the hour is reached for the bids to close.
Congratulations to our 2020 Board of Education members and newly elected officers representing Blue Devil Nation!
The Plattsmouth Education Foundation awarded education grants to Kristen Allen, Emma Shaner, Marla Smith, and Becky Stoskopf. Congratulations!
Campus Parent Portal will have a new look beginning July 9th. When you log into your parent portal it will look different. See below for instructions on how to navigate through your new portal. Remember to download the new app. The old app will be removed from the app store soon.
If you still need to register your student, click on the tab For Parents then Infinite Campus. Once you have logged into your portal, select “MORE” from the dropdown menu on the left-hand side of your portal page to access the Online Registration link. Click on “Online Registration” to begin.