Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Greetings Chadron Public Schools Parents, Patrons, and Students:
We are excited to send out some great news: Starting September 14, 2020 through potentially
December 2020, All students regardless of economic status will receive free meals at Chadron Public Schools. Money is provided by the CARES Act and could possibly be depleted before the end of December. The USDA has given guidance that schools may extend the Summer Meal Program in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Meals will include both breakfast and lunch served through our school food program. Seconds and ala carte items will be charged to your child’s account.
This guidance came September 1, 2020 and our application was filed. Thus allowing us to start this great benefit on September 14, 2020. I encourage you to have your students eat at school. Meals served prior to this were charged at our normal prices. Please continue to fill out free and reduced lunch forms as normal. These numbers allow us to apply for and reap other benefits.
Chadron Public Schools hopes that this news comes as a pleasant surprise and helps each family financially through these unprecedented times.
Monday, November 23, 2020
As we head in to the holiday season, we have much to be grateful for. 2020 has been that strange unprecedented year that I hope we never experience again. I am grateful we have been able to have in-person instruction. We have students, teachers, staff and administrators that have followed our CoVid standard operating procedures to allow us to continue in person learning. I hope we can stay on this path.
The "new normal" school year has been stressful for all. No one likes to wear masks, except at cold football games maybe. Everyone in school needs to be commended for the extra work that has been brought about by CoVid.
I am grateful for the community of Chadron, the School Board and Chadron Public Schools Staff. They have made my transition here an easier one. My family and I embrace our new life here and hope for some social interaction when it is prudent to do so.
The New Year is a natural time for reflection. It’s a moment when we can look back at the highs and lows. We can then decide to embrace them as learning opportunities or we can examine them to bring about a change. In any case, we need to use these experiences to become better educators. Often in a school, many do not understand all the hats that we have to wear to make our school successful. It can be very tiring and sometimes we wonder if it really makes a difference. I want to thank each and every one of the staff members and parents for ALL you do for the students. An education is the greatest gift that we can give our kids.
Establishing positive relationships with your students and children, while creating an atmosphere where children have positive relationships with each other, will truly benefit any classroom, family or community. Quality relationships will support and increase a positive community where children want to thrive. I am fortunate to work with a faculty that views positive relationships as the most important and strive to nurture those relationships. “A quality teacher-student relationship means more than the combined power of all teaching and discipline techniques known to humankind.” Love and logic Teacher-ism
In 2021, we will continue to build those relationships that will allow our students to be successful in and out of the classroom.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
Chadron Public Schools CoVid Dial
We know that the "risk dial" continues to move in the Panhandle (and all parts of the state). We continue to communicate with Panhandle Public Health (PPHD) on a weekly basis. We discuss our school protocols, data, and community risks. We will continue to work on and monitor our School Community Status. You will notice that it has no correlation with the Panhandle Risk Dial. Our status does not solely rely on their dial. If you monitor our CoVid dashboard our cases have lessened. Through contact tracing, done by PPHD, it has been determined that cases have originated outside of the school. This gives us confidence that our Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) are working and are keeping our kids safe. In my opinion, staying in school continues to be the prudent thing to do and one of the safest places for our students. The confirmed cases in our district still remain manageable because we are following our SOP's.
Wearing masks, social distancing, sanitizing, and hand-washing remain our best defensive.
Here is our CoVid page on our school website: https://www.chadronschools.org/covid-19
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
It is about education. Whether you believe that one should wear a mask or not is not the question. As we continue to get guidance from our local health department and those of the Governor our CoVid Standard operating Procedures (SOP) are more relevant than ever. I feel it is my charge from the board to keep in-person learning and extra-curricular activities happening at Chadron Public School. To avoid large numbers in quarantine our SOP will help with that. No one wants to return to the education that we experienced last spring.
From PPHD September 29, 2020
"Keeping kids in school is the goal
School has now been in session for up to six weeks in many Panhandle communities. Several area schools, administration, and boards have worked hard to implement increased precautions during the COVID pandemic to keep children and staff safe. These include things like:
Spacing students out in the classroom and at lunch to allow for effective distancing.
Mask wearing in accordance with the Panhandle risk dial.
Staggered passing times to decrease the number of people in the hallways and staggered recesses.
Increased handwashing and sanitizing points throughout the school.
Staying home when a student or staff member is experiencing even minor signs of illness.
“These are all key to slowing the disease spread,” said Kim Engel, Panhandle Public Health District Director. She added, “When these increased precautions are being implemented, it significantly reduces the amount of students that are required to quarantine due to close contact resulting in kids staying in school.”
In some situations, the health district has seen one confirmed COVID positive student or staff member and upwards of 38 others that are then required to quarantine, as required by the Governor’s Directed Health Measure, when contact tracing has been conducted. Factors that are considered in the disease investigation:
Close contact is considered less than six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more.
Were masks worn by the positive individual and the close contacts?
In a classroom where everyone is masked, including the initial positive case, the initial positive case will isolate at home, and the remainder of the school-aged individuals will self-monitor for symptoms.
In a classroom where the initial positive case is not masked, the initial positive case will be isolated at home, and any school-aged individual who had close contact will quarantine at home.
In a classroom where the initial positive case is masked but others are not, the initial positive case will isolate at home, those school-aged individuals without masks and had close contact with initial positive case who are exposed will quarantine at home, and the remainder of the classroom will self-monitor for symptoms.
In a classroom where no school-aged individual were masked, the initial positive case will be isolated at home, and any school-aged individual who had close contact with initial positive case will quarantine at home.
Seating charts for the classroom, lunch room, and transportation
marking where each student sat and if they wore a mask
distance between desk
attendance for the date(s) in question
If a school-aged individual has close contact during an outdoor extracurricular event or in an indoor space where all individuals are spaced six feet apart, the school-aged individual(s) may self-monitor in lieu of quarantine.
Monday, September 28, 2020
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