Here is an update regarding Southern’s COVID-19 plans:
Continuity of Learning Plan (Starting on April 7 & lasting until students report back to school):
With the extension of the school closure until May 1, Southern Public Schools will be implementing phase two of our Continuity of Learning Plan. The entire document can be found on the district website and on our Facebook page. Southern Public Schools will be implementing a pass/fail grading system for the fourth quarter. Here are some highlights from the Continuity of Learning Plan:
Elementary School (PK-6)
1) Teachers will be creating paper packets of enrichment activities. Parents are asked to print the packets at home and they will be available on the district website. If you are unable to print the packet at home, please email your classroom teacher and we will provide a printed packet for you to pick up from the office at a designated time.
Jr./Sr. High School (7-12)
1) The class schedule is posted on the Continuity of Learning Plan (Page 8) and students can log on to the designated classes during the assigned times on the schedule. Classroom teachers will be available online during the designated times. Classroom teachers will be available online every Thursday morning to assist students as needed.
2) Dual credit classes may require additional class meeting time. Second-semester grades in dual credit classes will NOT be included on the student high school transcript.
3) Students that do not have Internet access at home must contact Mr. Murphy immediately to discuss alternate learning options.
Breakfast & Lunch Opportunities (New Federal/District Updates Listed Below):
Based on new flexibility from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), parents/guardians can pick up meals for children in their household without the children being present as long as the parents/guardians provides names of the children for whom they are picking up meals for. In addition, no one will need to contact the district from here on out if you plan to show up and get a free meal for children ages 1-18. We were just trying to get an accurate count of meals to prepare so we did not run out.
Starting on Monday, April 6, we will also be offering free meals at the park in Barneston from 12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We will still be offering free meals at both the Elementary School building and the Jr./Sr. High School building from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please Note: On Mondays and Wednesdays, it will include 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches, and on Fridays, it will include 1 breakfast and 1 lunch.
On Wednesday, April 8, we will be offering 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches and we will not be serving any meals on Friday, April 10. We will resume our normal meal schedule starting on Monday, April 13.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your building principal.
Southern Public Schools
Link to Continuity of Learning Plan
Southern Staff misses you all and we wish you all the best! We hope you are staying safe. Here is a video to say HELLO!
Here is a link to many Educational Websites from your Southern Teachers.
After consultation with our Health Department and other State and Local officials, it has been determined that all schools in the ESU 5 Region will be closed through Friday, 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, and another announcement will be made on April 22nd concerning the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. This is a precautionary public health measure; local health and school officials are monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Southeast Nebraska closely. School Superintendents met with Public Health Solutions and determined that this action would help prevent exposure to our area to flatten the curve and decrease the spread of disease.
Here are some TIPS FOR FAMILIES DURING COVID 19.