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COVID-19 Information (UPDATED 3/16/2020)

Dear Patrons of West Holt Public Schools,

 

As you are well aware by now, we have closed school due to the current COVID-19 break out in the United States and Nebraska.  There have been a lot of questions and concerns about the right direction to go in this situation.  I appreciate the guidance we have received from our local health department and I agree with the recommendation given.  The following is an excerpt from the NCDHD recommendation:

 

In light of the expanding COVID-19 pandemic, and the recommendations released on March 15th, 2020 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the limitation of gatherings and groups, it is my recommendation that public and parochial  schools in the NCDHD health district begin a two week recess—starting Tuesday, March 17th. This initial recommendation is for a two-week period of time, with classes tentatively resuming on Tuesday, March 31st. The incubation period for COVID-19 is two to fourteen days. For this reason, a minimum of two weeks closed would be necessary to disrupt the incubation and shedding cycle. However, schools should be prepared for a possible extension of this adjournment for a longer period of time if circumstances should warrant.

 

Due to this recommendation, West Holt Public Schools will remain closed through March 30, 2020. 

 

See below for important information.

 

  • Please make sure all of your information in the Infinite Campus portal system is up-to-date.  You can do this by logging on to your portal page at www.westholtps.org and click on the Infinite Campus Parent/Student Portal link at the top of the page.  If you need help logging in our adjusting your settings to ensure you are receiving texts and calls contact the office.

 

  • The school is off limits to the students, parents and the public.  Our goal is to maintain a sanitary and controlled environment that limits the spread of the virus.  This means that the gyms, weight room and in general the school as a whole, are not to be accessed.  We appreciate your cooperation in this endeavor and if you are found in the building you will be asked to leave.

 

  • Refer to our website and social media pages often.  We will continue to have updates on these sites.  Voice messages will be limited to more important communications.

 

  • As of this week, we will not be assigning homework or assignments to students.  We are doing our best to fine tune a system that works well for all students and is effective for all grade levels.  There will be more information soon to address the expectations for student learning during this break.

 

  • A survey for our families will be on the website and a link will be emailed and/or texted to you.  Please fill out that survey ASAP to help assist the school in gathering pertinent information that will help us to best serve our students and families.

 

  • We are currently working on organizing a food service program to assist families and students who have limited access to or a lack of funds to be able to provide food during this time.

 

  • Continue to practice safe health habits like washing hands, avoid touching your face, cough and sneeze appropriately and get plenty of sleep.  It is also our responsibility as adults to model good practices of social distancing for our children.  Stay home when at all possible and limit your social contact as much as possible.  The best thing I heard today was that a virus cannot spread if it doesn’t have exposure to other people.

 

Thank you for your support in this challenging endeavor.  I have gotten several emails, calls and texts of support and understanding of this challenge.  As a school and community we still have a lot of challenges ahead of us, but if we continue to stay positive those challenges will be easier to address.

 

Sincerely,

 

Paul Pistulka

Superintendent

 

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