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August 13, 2020 Update

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July 31, 2020 Update

Centura,

Last week we unveiled the template we will use to help us deliver academics through the pandemic.  The model is on our website with my video message outlining the plan.  Next week, we will post a form to receive your questions about school starting this year.  We used this week to collect teacher feedback and answer their questions. Everyone is ready for school to be back in session.

I want to continue to highlight COVID-19 procedures each week.

  1. We encourage everyone (staff, students, parents, custodians, etc.) to complete a “self-screening” before going to school or work.  Here is a checklist to help you,
    1. Check your temperature. 100.4 or less, and you are ok to continue.
    2. Check your breathing.  If you don’t have any respiratory difficulties, go to school or work.
    3. Check for a cough.
    4. Check your taste and smell. If you have no taste or smell loss, you are good to go.
  2. The top two procedures/routines that will help everyone during the pandemic is:
    1. Practice social distancing. Remain 6 feet away from each other. We will have students sit apart and walk in the hallways while social distancing.
    2. Sanitize your hands. The process can be hand sanitizer or washing with soap for 20 seconds.  Hand sanitizing and avoiding the touching of the face or nose will help in safety.  Every room, hallway, bathroom, lunchroom, and others will have hand sanitizer or soap and sink available.  Please practice routine hand sanitizing.
  3. Try to socialize in the same cohort of people.  After the first two weeks of school, we will have established a Centura cohort.  The group means we are around the same people every day and thus maintaining a safer environment for learning.

If everyone makes an effort to practice the safety measures, the longer we attend school.  

Reminder:  August 1 at 10 am, the 2020 graduation will take place.  Families are allowed a maximum of 10 total in their party.  All students, guests, and officials have assigned seating utilizing social distancing.

August 19 is the first day of school.

Have a great week.

July 23, 2020 Update-Transportation

Dear Centura Parents,

We are reaching out to you with a letter of communication regarding the transportation services for the 2020-21 school year in Centura Public Schools. We intend to send further notification as our situation evolves and decisions regarding district transportation develop. We will be posting a Form on the Centura website for all parents to complete on transportation.

We will begin school on August 19. We are required by local health departments, the Nebraska Department of Education, and DHM to practice social distancing on our buses. We usually can have students sit 2 to 3 per seat. Under the guidelines, we will only be able to have one student per seat unless sitting with a sibling or another student under the same household. With this limited space in mind, we are asking every family that is capable of driving their students to school rather than use bus service. We are required to transport Special Education students, who have transportation services written into their IEP, students who are considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act, students who have been “involuntarily transferred” from their home school, and students who live 4 miles from the school and three miles from the closest bus stop. All of these students will be transported to school in the 2020-21 school year regardless of what operational zone.

Additionally, with the “Yellow” zone, we would ask parents to take their child’s temperature before getting on the bus, and if a student has a temperature at or above 100.4, we would ask the parents to keep that child home. Students will have their temperatures taken when they arrive at school, and students who have temperatures at or above 100.4 (with two checks conducted) will be sent home. Transportation services will not be available in this instance, and parents would have to pick their children up from school. Also in the Yellow Zone, we will implement mandatory seating charts with social distancing observed, and our bus drivers will wear a mask.

If we moved to the “Green” zone on the phase dial, we would return to standard services.

We realize the situation will likely be fluid, and parents will have to have backup plans for our regular transportation services. We hope to transport all students who want to ride in every school that operates in the “Green” zone all year. Our goal is to provide transportation in the safest manner possible for as many students as possible for the entire school year.

Please consider this information to make your decisions for transportation and bus services for the 2020-21 school year. If you are willing to embark on this fluid journey with us, we ask you to complete the form provided on the Centura website.

Respectfully,

Becky Phillips, Transportation

Ryan Ruhl, Superintendent

July 22, 2020 Update-Centura Re-opening Video and Plans

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July 10, 2020 Update

Centura,

Last week, we opened a survey.  After receiving 200 responses, the survey revealed that 95.4% want their students in school.  The school will start on August 19, with everyone back in the building and attending every day. Administrators, teachers, and the school board are working to formalize routines before, during, and after school.  The plan will be more formalized and shared out before the end of July.  We could have a plan etched in stone now, but everything changes weekly.

Centura will utilize a color dial (phase dial) for determining the level of protocol and restrictions.  The colors are Green--Normal school day without limitations, Yellow-Normal school day with restrictions in place including determinations on social distancing, lunch, transportation, and guidelines on movement, travel, etc., Orange- this phase means the cases of COVID-19 are present and rising.  Restrictions raise to a level of high expectancy with a high level of limitations. The orange phase would require all to wear masks, and the school day could be adjusted, and Red-at this level Centura would not be in school, and all learning will take place online.

The phases are guides to determine the level of expectancy and limitations. Centura committees are working hard to set these guidelines to meet the safety of students, teachers, and families. We will begin school in a yellow phase, with everyone attending school in person.  The temperatures of every student entering the school will be measured. We encourage parents to take their student’s temperature every day. The number is 100.4 degrees in determining whether to stay home or not. Transportation (buses) will run with social distancing guidelines.  Classrooms will run with social distancing guidelines.

Centura’s goal is to remain in school while providing the safest environment possible.  Will there be COVID cases? -most likely, yes.  We are taking in all the information from the state and local health departments and doing what is best for Centura. It won’t be perfect, but we will continue to work for our kids and community. 

So, by the end of July, we will provide a guide to school with the different color phases. We hope that we can start with some normalcy and continue to do so.  The best advice we get from the health professionals--make safe choices--wash and sanitize hands, social distance, avoid larger crowds, utilize a mask when in different groups (stores or traveling outside your normal area) and monitor your health.  If we all work at this together, we give ourselves a better opportunity to remain in school and avoid the RED phase.

Please continue to follow these updates as there will be more coming and more often. 

Again, we will start school with students in classes on August 19.

Centura Pride

June 19, 2020 Update

The Centura School District follows the Loup Basin Health District protocols, the Center for Disease Control, Nebraska Department of Education, and the Governor for planning for the next school year.  At this time, we can follow their recommendations, but many things can change by the time the first day of school arrives.

The Governor and Commissioner of Education both recently stated that we need to have students in school this fall.  Centura Public Schools wishes for a regular start, but we will listen and collaborate with our local health officials to make the best decision for students.

This week Howard County entered Phase 3 opening and loosening some of the restrictions.  We continue to host students Monday through Thursday for physical training and two open gyms per week for Volleyball. We are beginning individual workouts this week for basketball and football (just opened up this week).  Lastly, we are hosting a PreK summer school through a grant opportunity due to the pandemic.

Some advice from Launch Nebraska:

Guidance for return to school procedures must be based on recommendations by the CDC and local health officials. These recommendations will be based on community risk.

  • Limit access to a small number of fixed entrances to ensure that persons entering are required to be present.
  • Where possible, parents of young children should remain in vehicles or outside of the building where their students will be brought to them.
  • If parents must enter the building, require hand washing.
  • Any person with cough or respiratory symptoms should wear a mask and maintain current social distancing guidelines.

Centura will set protocols as we near the start to address some of the suggestions. At this time, we would expect only students to enter and exit the building and parents only through appointment or emergency to aid in social distancing.  We will utilize two entrances in the front and one in the back where buses (if we can transport) enter.  Sanitation will be expected and practiced at these entrances.  If anyone has any symptoms, they will go home.  In the hallways, we will move in each direction staying near the walls traveling in a single file fashion.

Remember, if restrictions loosen, some of these ideas may not be needed. At this time, these plans are just in draft form.  Please be prepared for any adjustments.  

I will be receiving more information in reports on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  Look for more updates. 

I appreciate your patience and flexibility during this pandemic.  We want to plan with the emphasis on education and safety.  

Thank you, Centura, for being great.  Have a great weekend.

 

June 12, 2020 Update

CDC recommendations for schools: This week, I am sharing about face-coverings. If we started school today, everyone would need to wear a face-covering (mask). The CDC and Nebraska Department of Education will update us on this information as we move through the summer. The following will help us prepare in case masks are mandated.

Cloth Face Coverings

  • Face coverings may be challenging for students (especially younger students) to wear in all-day settings such as school. Face coverings should be worn by staff and students (particularly older students) as feasible, and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult. Individuals should be frequently reminded not to touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently. 
  • Note: Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:
    • Children younger than 2 years old
    • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious
    • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance
  • Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms. Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks, respirators, or other medical personal protective equipment.

Face coverings made from cloth would need to be cleaned every day. Below are recommendations from the CDC. As we get closer to the beginning of school Centura will provide procedures and regulations for face coverings based on the CDC, NDE, and the Governor’s office.

How to clean

Washing machine

  • You can include your face covering with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the face covering.
  • Washing by hand
  • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) household bleach per gallon of room temperature water or
    • 4 teaspoons household bleach per quart of room temperature water
  • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection. Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
  • Soak the face-covering in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.

Centura will continue to update on all CDC guidelines for the start of the school year.

Please stay tuned as I will share more CDC information each week. You can research the information on your own at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools.html

Make sure to dry cloth face-covering after washing completely.

How to dry

Dryer

  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.

Air dry

  • Lay flat and allow to dry completely. If possible, place the cloth face-covering in direct sunlight.

-Ryan Ruhl, Superintendent

June 5, 2020 Update

Centura District:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (Weekly review of guidelines for schools).

-Communal Spaces: The CDC recommends closing shared spaces such as lunchrooms and playgrounds. Centura would need to stagger lunches with time to disinfect the area between each group. Playground time would be staggered with a cleaning crew working between groups and during the before and after school time.

-The CDC also requires physical barriers, such as flexible plastic screens, between bathroom sinks that are not 6 feet apart. Centura would need to eliminate the use of sinks by ⅓ to meet the 6 feet necessary. Centura doesn’t have room for the addition of flexible screens at the sinks. We would need to monitor bathrooms to two or less at a time.

Centura completed the first four days of physical conditioning. Sanitation, social distancing, and safety worked well. Monday through Thursday saw an average of 89 to 91 students utilizing the program. Next week Volleyball will begin open gyms during two nights (Monday and Thursday) to work on skill training. We are not allowing students to use the indoor bathroom or locker facilities at this time to maintain sanitation and social distancing.

Summer work continues on Centura’s boiler room project. A construction meeting today revealed the finish time could be up to two weeks ahead of schedule. This timeline depends on the parts arriving on time. So far, we have witnessed positive progress.

Have a great weekend.

May 24-28, 2020

On June 1, Coach Cron and Brown will begin summer workouts in the weight room and track area. The coaches completed a zoom meeting Wednesday evening (zoom recorded). Students can find their names and groups on the Centura Website. We are sanitizing all the areas between each workout, and students will sanitize when entering and leaving the workout area. If you have questions, email Coach Cron bcron@centuraps.org  or Coach Brown lbrown@centuraps.org.

CDC updates.  

This week I begin my series of updates from the CDC. These updates could affect how the school runs in the Fall. Everything can change, but it is good to understand the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regulations. I am adding different thoughts and ideas on how the rules affect Centura. We have not made any decisions and won’t until we get closer to August. Things can change.

Food Service: The CDC recommends that students bring their meals as feasible, and the lunchroom meals served on individual plates in the classrooms. How could this affect Centura? We would need to utilize different spaces--gyms, classrooms, lunchroom---to correctly space students OR use more time slots for student lunch to be served.

Modified Layouts:  The CDC recommends seating/desks to be at least 6 feet apart. All desks turned in the same direction and not facing each other. Create distance between children on school buses (seat children one child per row with a row in between--skipping rows). How could this affect Centura? We would not have enough room in all classrooms for all students. Centura may have to run different groups of kids on different days or times. We utilize collaborative learning, and that would be limited to 6 feet distance. Learning works with students talking with one another, and this takes place better face to face, so instruction would have to be adjusted. The bus requirement would change the number that could ride the bus. We may have to ask families to bring kids to school, limit the routes to a small number of students, run multiple routes, or run town routes. We will have to be creative if this holds.

**I have stated some ideas, but none of this is in writing. We will monitor the CDC, the local health department, NDE, and the Governor’s office. Things can change quickly, and we hope to start school on time in the Fall and as normal. The comments are just for your opportunity to think through scenarios in case we have to make adjustments in the Fall. All CDC guidelines are subject to change, and the school doesn’t start until August 19. I will keep you updated.

Reminder. Graduation is August 1, 2020, at 10 am. Graduation is currently for the immediate family and graduate. We hope restrictions change so we can invite more to the ceremony. Stay tuned.

Thank you

Centura Pride!

Respectfully, Ryan Ruhl, Superintendent

May 22, 2020

Centura District

Attention Students and Parents:  The NSAA has permitted schools to open weight rooms for physical conditioning beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. The NSAA has provided guidelines for the opening, which regulates the number of students, limits to only physical training, predetermined rosters, and no specific sports training (i.e., basketball, football). Coach Laethion Brown and Bart Cron are working with the custodial staff on creating a safe and clean environment. Students will sanitize when entering and exiting the workouts. The workouts will take place in the weight room and on the track. 

Every student will be on a roster and will not be able to switch between lists (NSAA specified). The athletes will receive instructions via Instagram and Facebook live next Wednesday, on May 27, 2020, at 5:00 pm Rosters will be posted before the meeting. 

The following are the workout times running Monday through Thursday each week. If District Health Measures change, Centura will adjust as needed and allowed.

 Training times: Students entering grades 9-12 7–8 am, 8–9 am, 10–11 am, 11 am-12 pm.

                         Students entering grades 7-8 will have sessions: 12-1230 and 1230-100 pm.

If student-athletes have questions, contact the coaches at their email address: Laethion Brown lbrown@centuraps.org or Bart Cron: bcron@centuraps.org. You can also follow our strength program under "Centura Tough" on all major social media platforms, "Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter" for announcements.

Governor Ricketts started Phase 2 in many counties in Nebraska. This phase provides more flexibility in numbers, the opening of restaurants, and travel across state lines. If the COVID-19 numbers remain flat or reduce, he will continue through phases of opening up more entities and opportunities. The stages do affect the school and how the school operates.

  1. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing information from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and considerations relating to schools. The Centura administration, committees, and school board will be reviewing these and integrating the factors into the Centura School operations. We will prepare with the initial guidelines, listen to the Governor and Commissioner, and adjust as things change. An example from the CDC is the appropriate staggering of student arrival times at school and the consideration for different shifts of groupings (students) in the building. We will review and share plans. 
  2. Please continue to check the website for updates on school planning for the fall and summer activities. I will also share the same message via the Superintendent Facebook page.
  3. The school meal program ended on May 20. I appreciate the bus drivers, paras, custodians, and kitchen personnel for risking their health in providing meals to students. Thank you, Centura patrons, for your participation.

Centura Pride.

May 15, 2020
Centura District:

Another week of the COVID-19 has passed, and restrictions, regulations, decisions, and needs change. At Centura, we are monitoring the change, updating our patrons, and pushing forward as safely as possible.  

  1. School Meal Program: The school meal program will come to an end on May 20, 2020. Centura is happy the meals are available and thank you for your flexibility and participation.
  2. Graduation: Thank you to the parents organizing the 2020 Senior parade in Boelus. We are excited for the Class of 2020. The memories you are developing are very different than anyone else. Graduation is on the calendar for August 1, 2020. Ms. Holcomb is sending notes today, describing the graduation process. At this time and according to the current DHM, the ceremony will occur on the football field with graduates, immediate family, and one car for grandparents. This protocol will remain in effect unless the DHM changes. If the DHM turns, I will get the information to you through this update. The August 1, 2020 date is firm.
  3. The Class of 2020 completed their returns and collected personal items on Monday, May 11, 2020. The process was safe and efficient.
  4. On May 20 and 21, ES and HS students will complete checkout. The checkout will follow this process: On May 20, 9 am-12 pm Students with the last name beginning with A-F will check-in, 1 pm-4 pm Students with the last name beginning with G-K will complete check-in. On May 21, 9 am-12 pm, Students with the last name beginning with L-P will complete check-in, 1 pm - 4 pm Students with the last name beginning with R-Z will complete check-in.
  5. Parents, I thank you for working with us through this online education process. We are planning to start in the Fall, but are not sure how that will look yet. We continue to visit with the Governor and Commissioner of Education on our limitations and flexibility. Thank you for partnering in making Centura great.
  6. The NSAA (Nebraska Schools Activities Association) has provided procedures and rules, allowing us to open the weight room and outdoor facilities for training. No sport-specific workouts are permitted yet, but training can begin June 1. Mr. Cron and Mr. Brown will be sending out messages to students on training sessions and times. The sessions are limited to 10 students, and Centura is preparing for proper cleaning and safety procedures. More information will be in the next update. We are excited to get this news. The students need the opportunity to better themselves and get around (6 feet apart) their peers and trainers.
  7. Have a good weekend. Stay healthy, appreciate family, smile, and make safe choices.

May 8, 2020
As we continue through the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to say ‘Thank You’ to the teachers, nurses, parents, students, administrators, and board members for making the best of a difficult situation.  I visit weekly with State, District, and Conference Level leaders, and I feel blessed to be serving the Centura District.  Centura shows excellent support and perseverance in such an odd, weird, and troubling time.  Thank you, everyone!

The Administration will be making contact with students and parents to provide time and location to return school equipment and collect personal items remaining at the school.  We ask that everyone be patient, use social distancing, utilize the hand sanitizer, and complete the task as efficiently as possible.

This week we started a four-day meal delivery system. On Thursday delivery, two meals are on the breakfast and lunch routes. Please follow the guidelines on the directions placed in each bag.

May 9 would have been Graduation that now is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, at 10 am on the Football Field.  More information will be delivered from our Administration once we near the date.

I want to wish all the mom’s (mothers) in the Centura District a Happy Mother’s Day.  I hope everyone can find some time to celebrate our Mother’s on their day.  Have a great Mother’s Day.

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a while, but their hearts forever.” --Unknown

Centura Pride!

-Ryan Ruhl, Superintendent Centura Public Schools

Once a Centurion--Always a Centurion

Week April 27-May 1 Update

Important Dates for your Calendar

May 9 (Saturday) at 2 pm.  

The original Graduation date will not have a ceremony but in its place a SENIOR PARADE. A parade for Seniors will take place in the front parking lot of the school. Everyone will remain in cars as they follow the parade route.   Teachers and 2020 Seniors will be located around the way to celebrate the Class of 2020. Please join us and drive through the parade.

May 11- Senior Check-in

  On May 11 (Monday), Seniors will be assigned times to check-in materials and equipment and have an opportunity to collect any items that remain at school. More information on the process will come from Ms. Holcomb next week.

May 20-21

 The Principals are working on a plan and schedule for all students K-11 to check-in and turn-in materials and collect items remaining at school. Look for more information and procedures from your Administration in the coming weeks.

August 1, 2020

  Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 10:00 am is set as Graduation Day. Graduation will take place on the Football Field with Graduates spaced in the stands, and the parents provided a position on the football field. We will update everyone with more information as COVID-19 conditions change, and regulations are adjusted. Please mark the date of August 1 for the Graduation Ceremony. 

School Meal Program

  Beginning next week (May 4 -8), meal delivery will change. Monday through Wednesday will remain the same routes and times of delivery. On Thursday, the delivery will include Thursday and Friday meals. There will be no deliveries on Fridays. Please look for notes on the safety, security, and preparation of your food in the Thursday delivery. Thanks for your flexibility. We will end the school meal program on May 20, 2020.

Please wash your hands frequently, avoid any travel, take care of yourself, use social distancing, and be safe.  

Ryan Ruhl, Superintendent

Centura Pride!!

“Learn from yesterday, Live for today, Hope for tomorrow.”

April 23, 2020

Centura District:

This week the Commissioner of Education asked schools to begin discussing contingency plans for the start of next school year. What does that mean?  We are talking about possibilities for the regular school day, the adjusted number of days in school and days virtual, and all virtual to start the year.  All the plans are dependent upon the Governor’s recommendation, whether we can be in school or not.  More information will be delivered once we know more, and as we plan the Fall.

End of the 2019-2020 school year.

-Seniors will complete their final assignments on May 1, 2020.  During the week of May 4-7, Ms. Holcomb will send out a schedule for returning items and collecting personal items that remain in the school.

-Elementary and Grades 7-11 will complete assignments on May 15, 2020.  Beginning Wednesday, May 20, 2020, the Administration will share a schedule and process for students to return school items and collect items that remain in school.  Please stay tuned for more information.

Latest Graduation discussion: We are monitoring our situation with Loup Basin Health. A plan for a football field graduation with limited family members on the field and others in cars around the track and the parking lot is in the discussion.  We would need the Health Departments’ approval to schedule this at the end of July.  We will give 3-4 weeks notice once we have a date and plan.  We will provide updates as soon as possible.  Currently, we are under restriction for ‘no’ graduation in-person ceremony.

Parade–Thursday, April 23 at 630pm Centura is hosting a car parade for students and parents to drive through and see the faces of teachers. Wave, holler, show pride and have joyous Centura moment.

Lights–Our opportunity to turn on the stadium lights last week was unsuccessful as the underground wiring failed.  The original boring line was bare and not encased in conduit.  We will be working to fix the electrical wire and attempt the Bright Lights for Seniors once the problem is solved.

School Meal Program

We are asking everyone who receives meals to place a cooler at the point of delivery.   The cooler will provide social distancing and protect your food against the elements and animals.  Please clean and sanitize the cooler daily.  Thank you for your participation.

Centura Pride

April 14, 2020

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Department of Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt repeated a statement during their weekly webinar with Superintendents this week.  They restated schools should not plan graduation ceremonies before August 1, 2020. The option for virtual graduation ceremonies is an option, but absolutely no hand to hand exchanges may take place. We will not set a date until we can hold a ceremony with guests present.

The Centura Board of Education discussed graduation at the April 13, 2020 meeting.  It is the intention of the School Board and Administration to conduct a graduation ceremony.  The possibility of a graduation taking place after August 1 is an option. We have discussed other options--even a service before Christmas at the end of the semester.  We are waiting for more information and monitoring the situation. We must find a way to hold a Graduation Ceremony for our Seniors. Please follow us and stay tuned.

The School Board voted a resolution in place for graduation and grades during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Grade point averages will be based on the end of the third quarter grading period. This includes class rank and the opportunity to graduate.  If a student excels during the fourth quarter, a teacher will visit with administration and show data proving a student can improve a grade based on fourth-quarter work.  Waivers will not be given for failing classes during the third quarter.

We are planning more events to honor our Seniors through the end of this school year. We will send information via email to seniors.  Please continue to check your school email.

The COVID-19 meal program continues, and we are serving over 180 students.  We appreciate everyone following the guidelines of social distancing from our delivery personnel.  Thank you to our kitchen and delivery employees. They are the heroes making sure students are receiving a meal.

Please encourage your students to complete their weekly enrichment from our teachers.  Growth needs to continue, so we can all move forward when we come back to school. The mind is a muscle and must be exercised and challenged.

Centura Pride

Superintendent Ryan Ruhl

April 6, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dictate calendars and routines for Centura Public Schools.  I have included an updated list of changes, methods, and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will continue communicating with the Health Department, Governor, ESU 10, and Education Commissioner in making decisions for Centura. 

  • Centura Public Schools will remain closed to students and patrons through May 31, 2020. All activities in April and May will no longer take place.
  • The NSAA has canceled all Spring activities for the 2020 spring season.
  • GRADUATION: The administration is working on ideas to meet the restrictions and resolutions put in place by the Governor.  Graduation will not take place in May. Centura hopes that a graduation event may take place in late June or July. Scheduling depends on COVID-19 restrictions and resolutions.  It is crucial to Centura, its Seniors, and Families to participate in a Graduation event. More information to follow.
  • The Centura School will be reducing the number of people present in school.  Office staff and administration will be working from home and reducing travel in and out of the school.  There will be at least one office with personnel present each day the school is open.
  • School operation times for the next two weeks: Monday - Thursday  830 am - 330 pm.
  • All drop off and pick up will be through a tote. There will not be direct interaction with school officials. During this time, we ask everyone to use social distancing.  We ask that no social grouping takes place at this time so we can be safe.
  • After May 1, 2020, school administrators will review the restrictions and resolutions to set up a plan for students to acquire their items.  We will notify students once we are ready. TBA
  • Please stay informed by visiting the Centura website (www.centuraps.org) and click on the COVID-19 tab.  The title “Daily Updates” will show you all of the latest updates from Centura.

Centura Public Schools is sad the end of the school year has to go this way.  We understand that this is a dangerous pandemic and strive for safety. Centura will continue to operate at a high level virtually, and through communication.  

Thank you, parents, for your support of the students and Centura. Thank you, teachers, for all your hard work in educating and maintaining communication with our students.  

Centura Pride.

April 2, 2020
Centura Public School District

Centura reviewed Governor Rickett’s mandate to close the school to students through May 31.  We are reviewing and will communicate as decisions are made. Please go to our website for messages.

Centura will cancel all activities through May 31, 2020, except for graduation. We are considering alternate dates.  The Governor has stated that when it is time to lift regulations of COVID-19, it will be a gradual process. It is crucial for Centura to have a graduation ceremony.  The date of the ceremony will take place no sooner than late June or in July 2020.

It is unfortunate for the Class of 2020 not to be able to experience a whole Senior year in school.

Enrichment classes will continue, and Centura will complete the school year as we are currently progressing.

We will provide more updates on the COVID-19 2020 school year on Monday, April 6, 2020, via the school website and the Superintendent Facebook Page.


March 25, 2020

Centura Public Schools COVID-19 announcement:

Based on recommendations from the Two Rivers, Central District, and Loup Basin Health Departments and the Nebraska Commissioner of Education, public and private schools will extend their facility closure date to students through May 1, 2020, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A decision of this magnitude would not be made if we didn’t feel that it was necessary to help ensure the general welfare and safety of our Centura community. We will reassess every two weeks with our public health department to review current health information that is available at that time.

Centura Public Schools will remain closed through May 1, 2020.  Enrichment Learning will continue throughout this period.

All Centura Public School activities scheduled for April (including NSAA activities, Prom, and Achievement Night) will be suspended through May 1, 2020. The NSAA has announced all activities are shut down through May 1, 2020.

Please refer to the ‘COVID-19’ tab located on our website (www.centuraps.org) or the  Centura Superintendent Ryan Ruhl Facebook Page for the latest updates.  Thank you for your support and patience. Please avoid travel, be safe and stay healthy.

March 20, 2020

It is Friday, March 20, 2020. Centura will continue to be closed through next week.  The Centura community has implemented a lot of items over the past few weeks. See a list below.

  • Staff transferred their daily lessons into virtual or packet lessons for in home learning.
  • Staff prepared for online, phone or app communications with students in anticipation of a school closure due to COVID-19.
  • School was closed on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  The closure slated for March 17 through March 29.
  • Centura personnel prepared and shared a ‘pick up’ at school plan for parents and students.
  • Administration visit with state and local authorities daily
  • Alerts, Facebook, Twitter, Centura Superintendent Page and Centura website (COVID-19 tab) activated for district communication.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 the Learning Enrichment Academic Plan was initiated.  Students working on packets and online with teachers to continue their learning.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 the Student Lunch Program began breakfast and lunch delivery. The food program is for anyone in the Centura school system and siblings.  The food is delivered by Centura bus drivers and paras. Breakfast between 8-9 am and lunch between 1130-1230pm.
  • Centura school building maintains 8 am to 5 pm hours. 
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 the school building will close at 2 pm to shut the school down for the weekend.

A note to parents:

Thank you parents for your cooperation through this unpredictable time.  The enrichment academic program is not meant to be a burden, transform you into a teacher, or frustrate you.  Our students and teachers are prepared for this closed school opportunity. Our students are equipped with all kinds of ways to be successful. If your student is struggling, they understand how to reach their teacher and have a conversation about their learning.

The goal of the opportunity is to allow students and teachers to grow in academics while not being able to sit face to face. Enrichment learning education resembles everything we do each day in school with one big part missing--we are not in the school building. Our students and teachers are ready for this challenge.

You will come to appreciate the creativity of your students and the expertise of your teachers through this process.

We ask parents to partner with your students and provide encouragement. You do not have to become the teacher.  Allow the students to use their resources with their teachers. Teachers will be there for your students.

Students:

Take a look at our situation as a quest in learning.  A new style of learning. Trust what you have learned and communicate with your teachers.  This will be a learning experience. You are a part of history. Make it great.

School Lunch Program:

The delivery program to Dannebrog and Boelus is able to use stops near all homes.  Cairo students---you must be at the required stop to receive your food. Cairo has a large number of meals being delivered and we are unable to deliver door to door and ensure a quality breakfast or lunch.  Thank you for getting to the stop and prepared for the van to arrive. If you are not at the stop the food stays in the van and has to be destroyed. Thanks for working with us.

March 17, 2020

The first day of our COVID-19 school closure is taking place. The teachers finalized the implementation of our academic plan and full initiation starts on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

OPAA, the administration, and office personnel are completing a plan to provide breakfast and lunch as an option to students. The following alert was sent today: 

Centura is making a free meal option available during the closure, visit the Centura website and click the COVID-19 tab. The menu and sign-up FORM are available.  The signup period will end at 11 am on Wednesday. You will be notified of delivery procedures prior to the program beginning Friday. Always check the COVID-19 tab on the website.

Please visit our website www.centuraps.org and click the COVID-19 tab for all the latest information, programs, and academics.

Thank you

Centura Pride!!!

March 17, 2020
Centura students needing to gather personal or academic items may come to the school between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm to collect.  Elementary academic packets will be available for pick up beginning Thursday during the same hours. Grades 7 through 12 need to check email continually every day.

March 16, 2020

As the COVID-19 virus evolves and under the direction of the Nebraska School Commissioner, the Centura Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 29, 2020.  The campus will be closed to all outside personnel. Academic enrichment classes will begin Thursday see the plan located on the website under the “COVID-19” tab.

On Sunday, March 29, 2020, we will make another announcement and update on school status.

March 15, 2020
Centura School District:

Centura Public Schools is keeping up with information on COVID-19 and in continual communication with the Commissioner of Education, Governor Ricketts, State, and Local Health Officials and many Educational professionals. The latest news that was shared stated that if there is not a community case detected in our area, we can continue forward with the regular school schedule. State officials and Health officials will inform us when it is mandatory to change our school day or days.
 
Centura Families have the choice to keep their students home if they are sick or believe they are in danger of the coronavirus. If any student has traveled back from California, Washington, or New York, they should self-quarantine.
 
Our Custodial staff has added extra hours before and after school to extend the cleaning and sanitizing of our school. Additional wiping of desks/tables, chairs, door handles, lockers, and more are taking place. We have stocked up on supplies and professional solutions to add to our cleaning of the school. We are doing the best we can to provide a safe learning environment for your students.
 
Our Administration and teaching staff have been planning a process to allow our students to continue their education in the event of an extended school closure. Packets in preparation for Elementary students, the use of computers, and pencil assignments are ready to implement for Secondary students. The education plan will be posted on the school website on Monday, March 16, 2020, for review. At this time, this will be enrichment learning opportunities to allow student growth.
 
Centura Public Schools takes the safety of students and staff very seriously. The Centura School Board will be discussing the possibilities of COVID-19 and school days at its Monday night work session (retreat).
 
Centura will continue with school in session. We will continue to stay in communication with our Health officials, the Commissioner of Education, and Government offices. Thank you for your support.
 
Thank you, and please stay tuned.

March 13, 2020

Centura School District

COVID-19 (coronavirus)  is providing for tough times and difficult decisions across the nation and state.  I am staying up to date with the latest information by participating in conference calls, zoom meetings, emails, etc.… with state officials.  The officials from the Governor, Commissioner of Education, Health Departments, School Administrators, and others are meeting regularly to plan and make the best decisions for the state of Nebraska and our schools.

School closure may be imminent in the future. I will only close school if directed by state officials.  At this time, there is not a direction to do so, but I am participating in 3 different conference calls today to prepare for whatever decisions come our way.  As more information is made available, I will utilize Facebook and our Alert system to post the pertinent information.

The Centura staff has been planning and preparing in case of school closure. We don’t know if and when a closure may happen, and we will not know if it will be for a short or long period.  Staff is planning options to continue student education with examples including online interactions, packets with pencil and paper, and others. The Centura staff will be sharing these options throughout any disruption in school.

No matter what comes our way, we will deal with it in the best manner possible. We may need to make adjustments along the way and will continue to use the Alert system and Facebook as our primary sources of communication.

Thank you for your patience.  I caution everyone that if you are sick, stay home.  Please take the time to thoroughly wash your hands and reduce social interaction in large crowds.

Thank you, and I will send more information as it arrives.

A resource: COVID-19 hotline (402) 444-3400

Centura Pride

Ryan Ruhl, Superintendent

 

April 30, 2020
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has reached out for assistance in promoting the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program to families in your communities.  Many families are experiencing financial hardship and the WIC program can offer assistance. WIC Outreach Brochure

April 8, 2020

Please CLICK HERE for the April meal delivery update

 

March 26, 2020

Centura will be providing free meals to interested students during the school closure starting Wednesday, April 1 through Friday May 20.  The deadline to sign-up is 9:00pm Sunday March 29. Please complete the google form to sign-up for free meals: Click here to sign-up

*Please note: This form is for new sign-ups only. If you are already signed-up for the free meal program you do not need to sign-up again

We appreciate your patience and flexibility during this difficult time.

April Breakfast Lunch Menu

March 19, 2020
For those who signed up for the free meal program, please see below for the drop-off locations for Cairo:

BREAKFAST MENU March 2020
Lunch MENU March 2020

March 16, 2020

  • Students in Junior High and High School

Students will be provided at minimum, three activities per class, each week of school closure via Schoology.  More information will be forthcoming from individual teachers. Students will be offered lessons to continue their education during the closure. The lessons are designed to keep students engaged in learning and will be assessed for academic growth.  If your child does not have access to the internet or has limited data via a hotspot, paper packets with the same information will also be available to be picked up at the school by request at an announced time. (Emailing your teacher directly is always an option)

Teachers may request a video/audio conference with their classes and each teacher will be available for lessons and communication via email during normal school hours (8:00 am-5:00 pm).

  • Opportunities for all students
  • The Centura Tech Zone has links to many district-wide applications and resources that teachers may direct students to. Additional information can also be found under the “COVID-19” tab on the Centura website.
  • Getting into The Centura Tech Zone
    • Go to centuraps.org; click on Student Portal below the Centurion mascot, click on Centura Tech Zone
  • Students in grades 7-12 have access to all of their classes through Schoology and are encouraged to check daily for announcements.

Limiting Contact During the Closure

We want to reiterate that the goal of a community closure is to mitigate the spread of the virus. We ask that staff, families and community members follow the guidance of the CDC and Loup Basin Health Department. The CDC recommends the best way to stop the spread in a community is to limit exposure to others.

 

March 16, 2020

Our focus will primarily be on Reading, Writing, and Math

We will be utilizing Seesaw as our direct form of communication, we are asking every parent to download the app on their phone or go to seesaw.me and register. Your child’s teacher will send you instructions. Seesaw will provide students with direction for assignments and recorded lessons that will need to be completed. Paper packets with the same information will also be available to be picked up at the school between by request at an announced time. (Emailing your teacher directly is always an option)

  • Opportunities for all students
  • The Centura Tech Zone has links to many district-wide applications and resources that teachers may direct students to. Additional information can also be found under the “COVID-19” tab on the Centura website.
  • Getting into The Centura Tech Zone
    • Go to centuraps.org; click on Student Portal below the Centurion mascot, click on Centura Tech Zone
  • Students in grades 7-12 have access to all of their classes through Schoology and are encouraged to check daily for announcements.

Limiting Contact During the Closure

We want to reiterate that the goal of a community closure is to mitigate the spread of the virus. We ask that staff, families and community members follow the guidance of the CDC and Loup Basin Health Department. The CDC recommends the best way to stop the spread in a community is to limit exposure to others.