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Coronavirus Information-UPDATED 4.2.2020

March 15, 2020

Malcolm Public Schools is working with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, Nebraska Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education to follow all CDC guidance regarding proactive and reactive measures related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

 

Please see the attached information from Mr. Terwilliger regarding Coronavirus: 


 

COVID-19 Resources and Information:

 

● Continue to follow best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for keeping yourself and your family healthy during cold and flu season. Please visit the following (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html) to review these best practices.

 

● Use of School Facilities by External Groups: Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the use of Malcolm campus facilities by outside groups, teams and patrons will be prohibited. This includes community groups and community use of the weight-room, playground, track and practice fields.

 UPDATED Letter for Mr. Terwilliger  AS OF 4.2.20

Parents,

As you may know, the Governor has extended the directed health measure (DHM) to 56 counties through May 31st. The DMH states"...schools statewide are directed to operate without students in their buildings through May 31, 2020.  Extracurricular activities are also cancelled statewide.  This restriction does not apply to school staff working in school buildings." What does that mean? Truthfully, this new order doesn't change anything that we are doing currently. It does however, definitively eliminate any chance that we will physically reconvene with students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.


So you know, our objectives have not changed—between now and Thursday, May 21st (last day of school), we expect to graduate all seniors, and best prepare our K-11 students for a move on to the next grade. PK-12 education is sequential in nature, and our students need to acquire certain requisite knowledge and skills to successfully move from grade level to grade level. This cannot happen if there is a three month (six if you count summer) hiatus in learning.  Although this situation is far from ideal, we are dedicated to giving your student the best possible opportunity to learn. Please help us by reiterating the fact that school is not “out” until May 21st.

 

Having said that, we also know that remote learning brings about other challenges, and we can empathize.  We are trying to find the balance between learning, accountability, and toxic stress/overload.  Please help us by communicating with your teacher, or the administration.  If we can successfully find that balance, this initiative will be a great success, and we will move into next year without the need for remediation.
 

On a slightly different note, what we are experiencing is unprecedented and every family has their own set of challenges.  With so much uncertainty, mental health of our students and families is a concern.  Please let us know if you, or anyone that you know, may be reaching a critically dangerous point.  Although we may not have all of the answers, we may be able to find resources to help.

 

Finally, listed below are a few important notes regarding some end of the year events:

 

End of the year events

  • Prom--I am not sure how we can save it.  We will probably give it a couple of weeks to see what the numbers are telling us, but with the new DHM, it would have to be in the summer, and I don't think there would be much interest.
  • Activity and Academic Banquets--since these won't happen live, I am looking at possibly having the coaches and sponsors film the speeches that would have been given, and we could put them together in a video format.  This idea is still in its infancy so I will keep you posted. Regardless of how we do this, the students will receive their awards in a packet.
  • All other activities are canceled.

Ryan Terwilliger

Superintendent


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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