NPPS releases detailed plan for fall classes

The playbook addresses the daily operations of schools in the district.
Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 9:13 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - On Wednesday, North Platte Public Schools released its detailed plan for schools reopening, which features an emphasis on face coverings, hand hygiene, and social distancing.

District superintendent Dr. Ron Hanson said the plan was put together after many discussions with the West Central District Health Department.

“We’re just ready,” said Dr. Hanson. “We have put in as many safety measures as you can put in place. Did we miss something? Probably, but very doubtful.”

Out of those conversations, there were four main areas that have been proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and those four actions will be enforced when schools open August 17.

The document states students will learn proper social distancing, washing hands, masks and sanitizing.

The playbook also states what happens if a staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19.

“We do not plan on shutting down our school district, we are not even certain if we will shut down the school,” Dr. Hanson said. “Now there is a good chance we could have to isolate that particular classroom and they may have to stay home for a period of time for disinfecting purposes and to give West Central District Health Department time to investigate and determine when we can actually return and what safeguards we have to have in place to do so. So every scenario is going to be a little different.”

The 48-page playbook is guided by the local health department’s risk dial. The district is currently in the yellow phase which means face masks are highly encouraged and bus transportation will be provided.

“Parents are always going to have an alternative plan in place because if we happen to move on the risk dial to a higher risk range we may halt transportation,” added Hanson.

Hanson said parents still have the option to choose remote learning. However, applications must be filled out and returned to the central office as soon as possible.

The district is encouraging parents to be flexible and have patience as the plan could change due to the pandemic.

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