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Correspondence from APS:

April 2nd Press Release from ESU 4 Schools

For Immediate Release

April 2, 2020

To Families in ESU 4 School Districts:

ESU 4 schools will be operating in an alternative learning environment for the remainder of the school year.

Per Governor Rickett’s Directive Health Measure, all schools in Nebraska will remain closed and operate in an alternative learning environment for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year. With this directive, all schools are closed to students until May 31st and according to the NSAA, all remaining activity practices and competitions, including district and state competitions, have been cancelled for this school year.

Traditional graduation ceremonies are not going to be possible this May. Schools will be working to determine appropriate alternative methods to honor the Class of 2020 in each community, whether that be a ceremony at a later date or some other locally determined alternative graduation that complies with the guidance of health officials.

We continue to monitor the unfolding COVID-19 epidemic to anticipate its impact on our state. We are working with the Southeast District Health Department (SEDHD), the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE), and other state and local officials on this situation. We will continue to communicate important updates to the public and our partners.

The CDC is putting out updated guidance daily; for the most up to date information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. To learn more about COVID-19, go to https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.

Sincerely,

ESU 4 Superintendents and School Leaders

Auburn Public Schools, Education Service Unit 4, Falls City Public Schools, Falls City Sacred Heart Schools, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer Public Schools, Johnson-Brock Public Schools, Johnson County Central Public Schools, Lewiston Consolidated Schools, NCECBVI, Lourdes Central Catholic School, Nebraska City, Nebraska City Public Schools, Palmyra-Bennet Public Schools, Pawnee City Public Schools, Southeast District Health Department, St. Andrew Elementary School, Sterling Public Schools, Syracuse Public Schools


EDUCATIONAL LEARNING PLAN LETTER AND GUIDELINES

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE EDUCATIONAL LEARNING PLAN SUGGESTED GUIDELINES

Dear Families,

On Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, Auburn Public Schools initiated a closure to help limit the spread of COVID-19 across the community. At this time, the closure is set to run through Friday, May 1st, 2020. There is still a possibility school will be closed for the remainder of the school year. We continue to seek guidance regarding school closure from the Governor, Nebraska Department of Education, and the Southeast District Health Department.

As we strive to continue learning opportunities for our students during the closure, teachers have thoughtfully put together Educational Learning Plans (ELPs) for PK-12 students. ELPS are grade-specific and will be sent once a week on Mondays to parents and students via email. They will also be mailed to families without internet resources. Please call the Central Office to request paper documents at 402.274.4830.

All assignments and activities are designed to keep students engaged in learning throughout the closure. We recommend that students complete assignments and activities for feedback from teachers. They will not be graded. We also encourage students and/or parents to reach out to teachers at least once a week regarding progress on completed ELP assignments and activities, if possible.

The first Education Learning Plans for students will be sent on April 6, 2020. If you have questions specific to your student’s classroom, please contact that teacher directly by email as they will be available to respond during the week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Given the circumstances, please understand that teachers may not be available to respond immediately, but will reply within a timely manner.

This is an overwhelming time for families, students, and educators. Although we strongly encourage your child to complete assignments and activities, we recognize that families may be struggling to adapt to this new normal. If implementing Educational Learning Plans is too much at this time, that’s okay. Introduce the plans when the time feels right for your family or partially complete ELP assignments and activities.

The district greatly appreciates your support during our school closure.

Sincerely,

Dr. Virginia Moon

Superintendent

Auburn Public Schools


Click here to access the Educational Learning Plan Suggested Guidelines


MARCH 25TH PRESS RELEASE FROM ESU 4 SCHOOLS

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 25, 2020

To Families in ESU 4 School Districts:

Based on recommendations from the Southeast District Health Department and the Nebraska Commissioner of Education, public and private schools within Educational Service Unit 4 are extending their closure date through May 1, 2020, with the possibility of closing for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Each school will continue to provide educational learning opportunities for their students according to their own school plan.

This decision has been made with the highest level of seriousness. We acknowledge the challenge this places on our families, and each school will be engaging their families to help address their needs. A decision of this magnitude would not be made if we didn’t feel that it was absolutely necessary to help ensure the general welfare and safety of our community at large.

Sincerely,

ESU 4 Superintendents and School Leaders

Auburn Public Schools, Education Service Unit 4, Falls City Public Schools, Falls City Sacred Heart Schools, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer Public Schools, Johnson-Brock Public Schools, Johnson County Central Public Schools, Lewiston Consolidated Schools, NCECBVI, Lourdes Central Catholic School, Nebraska City, Nebraska City Public Schools, Palmyra-Bennet Public Schools, Pawnee City Public Schools, Southeast District Health Department, St. Andrew Elementary School, Sterling Public Schools, Syracuse Public Schools



COVID-19 LETTER TO PARENTS 3/23/20

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020

Dear APS families,

Thank you for all your support and cooperation during this unprecedented and challenging period of time. We recognize this period of adjustment has been difficult for families and we will continue to do whatever we can to support you.

As you know, we now have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nemaha County. This means there is a high probability that our schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. For now, we are considering schools closed indefinitely. Closing school for a longer period of time brings up many questions of which we will do our best to address. We will continue to update our parents as we become aware of new information from the Governor, Nebraska Department of Education, and the Southeast District Health Department.

The safety of our children and staff is our top priority. For now, prom, graduation, and other important events are being postponed. When it is safe to reschedule these milestone events we will make every attempt to do so. We want our 2020 seniors to have these memorable experiences.

Auburn Public Schools teachers and administration will continue to reach out to families and be responsive to emails and phone calls during regular school hours. As a reminder, a school closure means no practices, on-campus gatherings, events, and gym or weight room use.

Packets will still be available for pickup on Monday, March 23, 2020. In the event the school closes indefinitely, arrangements will be made for students to clean out lockers and pick up items from their classrooms.

During this time of uncertainty, we want to encourage everyone to remain positive and to continue to work together. Together we will weather this storm and come out stronger as a district and community.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Suzanne Whisler - Curriculum Director



SCHOOL CLOSURE

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020

APS Families,

With recommendations from Governor Ricketts and local medical and health department experts, it is in the best interest of our students and staff to close Auburn Public Schools beginning Wednesday, March 18th through April 1st. We will re-evaluate and inform you if we need to extend the closure for any additional period of time.

Closures mean no school, no practices, no meetings, no weight room, no contests, etc.

This has been an extremely difficult decision that we did not take lightly. There are numerous issues we factored in and continue to discuss. This situation is changing daily and sometimes hourly.

We will communicate information about food availability for our students ASAP. At this time, our pick-up locations will be Calvert Elementary, Auburn Middle & High School, the Central Office, and locations within our surrounding communities. Providing support for all of our students and staff is always a top priority.

Our closure also means the Afterschool Program is closed as well. Please make plans for childcare for your family if needed.

By the end of the week, students/families will receive updated details about our extended learning plans. We ask for your patience as we prepare to implement the plans we have been working on across our district.

Our building principals will ensure that each building will be open on Wednesday, March 18th, between 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM for any families that need to come to school and pick up medications and other items of interest.

We will continue to communicate updates on a regular basis. Thank you for your continued support of Auburn Public Schools. We will do our best to support our students, staff, and community through this unprecedented time.

Sincerely,

Virginia Moon - Superintendent



PICK-UP SACK LUNCH/BREAKFAST PROGRAM

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020

SCHOOL CLOSURE - LUNCH/BREAKFAST PROGRAM

APS Families,

Starting Thursday, March 19, 2020, Auburn Public Schools will have a pick-up sack lunch and sack breakfast program. Pick-up locations will be in Auburn and our surrounding communities. A sack lunch and a sack breakfast (for the following morning) will be available Monday through Friday.

Like the Summer Food Service Program, ALL students, 18 and under, would be eligible to pick up a sack breakfast/lunch. There is no paperwork required for your child(ren) to participate.

The location pick up times are scheduled for:

Auburn: 3 Pick - Up Locations

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Calvert Elementary Entrance

AMS Entrance

Central Office Entrance

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Julian - Bus Stop (Old Gas Station - Downtown)

Brownville - City Hall

Stella - Community Church

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Peru - City Hall

Nemaha - Bus Stop

Shubert - Christian Church

In order to prevent grouping, and limiting exposure - meals will be distributed from outside the entrance doors of the 3 Auburn locations, and from school vans in Julian, Brownville, Stella, Peru, Nemaha, and Shubert. There will be no access to the buildings at this time.

Menus will not be available. If you have any questions, please contact Erna Blount at 402-274-4789.

Sincerely,

Virginia Moon - Superintendent