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Westside Schools To Remain Closed For Remainder Of School Year

Posted April 2, 2020

Governor Ricketts issued an order Wednesday night requiring Nebraska schools to operate without students in buildings through May 31. With that, we now know that we will NOT be able to physically come back together this school year; Westside Community Schools will remain closed with our extended campus learning format to continue.

While we held out hope we would be reunited with our students this school year, we have also been preparing for this worst case scenario. Administrators are meeting throughout the day today to begin finalizing plans we have been discussing since closures began. 

We will continue our Extended Campus Learning Plan as we have done these past three weeks. With that in mind, we are going to adjust our school calendar slightly due to these unusual circumstances. The last day of school for students is now going to be moved up to Wednesday, May 13th. Teachers will work on May 14th and 15th to finalize grades, etc. 

Assignments will continue to count. Our heavy emphasis is on learning, staying academically and socially engaged, and reviewing key concepts.  We want to continue to focus on learning as opposed to grading. We just want everyone to simply do the best they can.  

We take great pride in our robust and viable curriculum.  Our Teaching and Learning Team is evaluating how to scaffold additional learning opportunities at the beginning of the next school year to support possible learning gaps for students.

We will continue to work through ‘end of school year’ procedures:

We will also continue to support the needs of our students and families, especially regarding food availability and mental health/emotional support.

Closing our schools for the rest of the year also impacts several high-priority events:

We realize we are using the phrase ‘stay tuned’ quite a bit. That is the common theme for us as we work through these new changes and plan for additional developments as our community, country and world continue to respond to this pandemic

We will continue to iron out details as we work through this and will follow up with you through email over the next 10-20 days. We do not want to overwhelm you with communication, and our goal is to share as much as possible with you to keep everyone on the same page. We encourage you to continue checking our COVID-19 Reference Guide for families for daily updates, and topics that may specifically affect you and your family: https://www.smore.com/0j172-covid-19-reference-guide

REMINDER — we will observe Spring Break April 6th – 10th with no school assignments. 

Thank you for your support, engagement, and patience – we are all in this together. Just keep doing your best. We appreciate all that you’re doing. Better days are ahead.

 

#WeAreWestside

Mike Lucas

ELEMENTARY | Start 8:40 - Dismiss 3:30 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 3:00 )