Covid-19

Covid-19

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

 

March 26, 2020

Centura will be providing free meals to interested students during the school closure starting Wednesday, April 1 through Friday May 1.  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.

 

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.