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Message from the Superintendent: All Schools to remain closed until May 1

An update from the Superintendent, Rick Myles
 
Parents, Students and Community,
As you know from our own District communications and the overwhelming volume and frequency of information we all receive from other sources, this COVID-19 crisis is challenging everything we've come to take for granted about our daily routines, about our lives, and about our futures. Schooling is certainly one of those primary expectations that have been jolted.
 
The closure of schools is dramatic. However, it does not mean the end of education. Our staff is already developing and implementing plans with the goal of continuing to support all of our students and families. 
 
Thusly, along with all other Panhandle School Districts, we make the following announcement only after much consideration, collaboration, review of regional data, and, most importantly, informed advice from our professional health advisors.
 
After consultation with COVID-19 Unified Command, it has been determined that all schools in the Nebraska Panhandle will be closed through May 1st, with the possibility of schools being closed for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year.  This decision will be re-evaluated as circumstances change, with parents and families updated accordingly and extended as needed.  This is a precautionary measure; there are currently no confirmed cases in the Panhandle; however, local health and school officials are watching the COVID-19 situation in Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota closely.  School Superintendents met with Unified Command today and agreed this action would help prevent exposure to our area to flatten the curve and decrease the spread of disease. 
 
Después de consultar con el Comando de COVID-19, se ha determinado que todas las escuelas en el Panhandle de Nebraska permanecerán cerradas hasta el 1 de mayo, con la posibilidad de que las escuelas permanecen cerradas por el restante del año escolar del 2019-2020.  Esta decisión será re-evaluada ya que las circunstancias cambien, con los padres y familias actualizados e informados según sea necesario y extensiones necesarias.  Esta es una medida de precaución : actualmente no hay casos confirmados en el panhandle: sin embargo, oficiales  de la salud local y escolar están observando muy acerca la situación de COVID-19 en Colorado, Wyoming, y South Dakota.  Superintendentes escolares se reunieron hoy con el Comando de Unificación y están de acuerdo que esta acción ayudará para prevenir la exposición a nuestra área y ayudaría para aplanar el bordillo "flatten the curve" y disminuir la propagación de la enfermedad.        
 
In order to preserve safety and to honor our responsibility to all of you to help minimize the chance of community spread of the coronavirus, we need to make some difficult decisions. Thusly:
    • All school buildings will remain secured and closed. No adult or student admission.
    • Food distribution will continue as a priority with locations and times continually assessed.
    • Further Chromebook distribution and repairs are suspended immediately.
Please continue to refer to our District website (sbps.net), regular Health Updates, Remind messages and District Communications as well as (if you have children in the system) the information provided by our school principals and teachers. If you are not receiving these, please email info@sbps.net.
 
Best wishes and thank you. We're all in this together!
 
Rick Myles