North Platte Public Schools close to slow COVID-19 spread

Published: Mar. 15, 2020 at 6:48 PM CDT
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Public schools in North Platte announced Sunday they are extended spring breaks in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

All NPPSD schools are closed the week of March 16 with plans to reopen on Monday, March 23.

The school district said during this time, staff and the community will not have access to any academic building. This decision will extend the school year to May 27.

Director of Communications for North Platte Public Schools, Tina Smith, said, "The NPPSD decision to close for additional time will be made on a week to week basis and could change at any time. These decisions are not made lightly and are in conjunction with the Public Health Command Center."

Friday the school district had a conference call with Governor Ricketts and state health officials, the Nebraska Department of Education, met with West Central District Health Department, local emergency departments, and Great Plains Health.

Through these, and other meetings, they made the determination.

"At this time, we ask that students and families continue to practice social distancing, good hygiene, and give careful consideration when visiting public venues. If you have specific health care questions, please contact your health care provider," said Smith.