PCS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - August 7, 2020

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PCS Superintendent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

August 7, 2020

Parents/Guardians/Patrons/Staff, 

Good evening. The 2020-2021 school year is right around the corner.

We continue to work in collaboration with the Sarpy/Cass Health Department relative to COVID-19. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this very uncertain environment of COVID-19.

Return to School Protocols 

Our PCS Fall 2020 Return to School Protocols were developed based on guidance from Governor Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) Commissioner Dr. Matt Blomstedt, and the Sarpy/Cass Health Department (SCHD), along with consideration of survey data from parents/guardians and staff members. Our return to school team included teacher representatives, administrators, nurses, school social workers, before and after school program representatives, school resource officers, nutrition services, transportation, custodial, and maintenance, and other stakeholders. Click HERE for a brief overview of some key items from the protocols for returning to school. I anticipate that our protocols and the brief overview document will answer many of your questions, but we also developed a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that is available by clicking HERE. This document is an ongoing work in progress as we progress into the 2020-2021 school year.  

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department has a COVID-19 dial that includes four levels of risk, including green-low risk, yellow-moderate risk, orange-high risk, and red-severe risk of COVID-19. At the present time, the Sarpy/Cass Health Department has determined that we are in the yellow (moderate risk) level. We plan on returning to school with 100% of students in-person with a mask requirement and follow our yellow (moderate risk) protocols. If our risk level changes, we might also adjust our plan and implement protocols at the corresponding risk level. 

In addition to the work this summer, our dedicated professionals have been working diligently this week to prepare for our students returning to the buildings next week. Please be patient and flexible as we finalize the intricate details for returning to school. We want this to be a successful return to school for students and families while focusing on the health and safety of everyone on our campuses.

We are looking forward to seeing our students at PCS this fall. Thank you for the support of the Plattsmouth Community Schools during a very unique environment for all of us. #PLATTSMOUTHSTRONG

State of Nebraska (Governor Pete Ricketts)

https://governor.nebraska.gov/

Nebraska Department of Education (Commissioner Dr. Matt Blomstedt)

https://www.education.ne.gov/

Nebraska School Activities Association (Executive Director Jay Bellar)

https://nsaahome.org

Sarpy/Cass Health Department (Director Sarah Schram)

https://www.sarpycasshealthdepartment.org/

Plattsmouth Community Schools (Dr. Richard E. Hasty)

https://www.pcsd.org/

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We are thankful that we held our in-person graduation ceremony on Sat., July 25, 2020, to honor our Class of 2020.  Check out the video of our graduation ceremony at https://pcsd.org/domain/38.

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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 to stay informed about COVID-19, including how to protect yourself and your family. It should help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Sat., July 25 - We are thankful that we held our in-person graduation ceremony on Sat., July 25, 2020, to honor our Class of 2020.  Check out the video of our graduation ceremony at https://pcsd.org/domain/38.

Wed., Aug. 12 - First day of school for students in 1st through 9th grades and PM kindergarten 

Thu., Aug. 13 - First day of school for students in 10th through 12th grades and AM kindergarten

Tue., Aug. 18 - First day of school for early childhood/Head Start

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Our school social workers prepared their last message of the 2020-2021 school year that includes tips for coping with COVID-19. Go to https://bit.ly/3bUCg9p and read their message.

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 brenninger@pcsd.org, elementary school-Sarah Coniglio at sconiglio@pcsd.org, middle school-Sara Barada at sbarada@pcsd.org, and high school-Keryl Mines at kmines@pcsd.org.

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2020-2021 State Aid Certification is available from the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) at https://www.education.ne.gov/fos/state-aid/. PCS will have a decrease of $565,916 in State Aid for 2020-2021. When we figure in the prior year (2018-2019) correction of +$128,469 that we received in 2019-2020, the difference between 2019-2020 State Aid and 2020-2021 State Aid is even greater. At the May meeting, our Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 Budget Efficiency Plan that can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2WU23u1. Scroll down to item 7.15.

The good news is that in 2020-2021 we estimate the second year of approximately 100 students entering kindergarten, as opposed to lower numbers from the immediately preceding years that are evident in our 1st grade (78 students), 2nd grade (88 students), 3rd, grade (93 students) and 4th grade (93 students). If you have suggestions for how our district might be more efficient with resources and address the decrease in State Aid, please submit your ideas in the Business Services/Budget section under District Topics on our Let’s Talk site at https://bit.ly/2Y9ua9N. 

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Stay strong. We are in this together. We are Blue Devil Nation!  We are #PLATTSMOUTHSTRONG!

Best regards,

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Superintendent Dr. Richard E. Hasty