July 23, 2020
Dear Louisville Families,
We are writing to share updated information and protocols for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Currently, Louisville Public Schools is planning to start school on Thursday, August 13th. At this time, following the guidelines of the Nebraska Schools Activities Association (NSAA), fall activities will begin as scheduled. As discussed at Monday’s board meeting, LPS has created a four tier reopening and operating plan that is based on the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health’s COVID-19 Risk Dial https://www.sarpycassheal
- The LPS reopening and operating plans can be viewed HERE.
- Additionally, the Louisville Board of Education passed a resolution as related to COVID-19. The resolution can be viewed HERE.
Moving forward, as we utilize the reopening and operating plan, we are going to have to be flexible and recognize that COVID-19 will determine how we are able to reopen and conduct school ongoing. On the day of reopening, and ongoing, the district may be required to operate at a reduced capacity, or even go 100% remote. As of today, the COVID-19 Risk Dial for Sarpy/Cass counties is at a “Moderate” (yellow level), which means we could reopen with 51-100% of students, but there is certainly the possibility of needing to make adjustments if COVID-19 confirmed cases continues to increase, or decrease in our community. We will continue to review current health data and speak to our health professionals as we draw closer to the start of the year. LPS will let you know of the reopening level and what that means for your student(s) as changes occur, so that you can make adjustments for your family.
As most of you are aware, we are at a critical time facing a serious health situation in Louisville. Like other communities in the state of Nebraska, we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 community spread cases. As a district, we would like to encourage our academic community to work together and make decisions to social distance, wear masks, and protect ourselves from this pandemic. If we don’t work together to reduce the spread, we may see school, sports, and activities shut down before they even start. Please help us get our school open and keep it open by following the health guidance.
Masks: The Center for Disease Control has recommended that people wear cloth face coverings in public and stated cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. Our local health department has indicated that masks should be worn when students are not able to socially distance. For these reasons, and because we must take all measures into account in order to keep our students and staff safe, as well as to meet our goal of opening school and keeping school open, masks / face coverings will be required in school when students are unable to socially distance. As outlined in the resolution, times and designated areas will be provided for students to safely remove their masks / face coverings. We understand this will not be easy or perfect. Most importantly, this is temporary, and we can and will continue our students’ education and overcome this pandemic together.
In preparation, the district is working to purchase two masks per student; one to wear and one to wash. Students are welcome to bring their own masks, or face coverings if they prefer. Masks, or face coverings should meet all LPS dress code requirements, as well as safety guidelines.
Concurrent Remote Option: LPS understands the current reality and the concern people have regarding the pandemic and have been listening to our community. Our goal is to develop a plan that allows families a choice of either concurrent remote learning, or having their students physically attend school 100% of the time.
- Just for clarification, this means LPS will provide academic instruction and resources needed for your student to learn from home. This option is different from traditional homeschooling where the family, or homeschool entity, provides the educational environment and needs.
- The remote learning program may have both required live and online opportunities.
- At the secondary level not all courses will be available for remote learning.
- Students in grades 7-12 who engage in remote learning will not be eligible for extra curricular activities.
- Families that engage in the remote learning option will be required to follow that particular educational plan for 9 weeks at a time. Students can move in and out of remote learning at the end/beginning of each quarter.
- Students who are symptomatic, ill, or are diagnosed with Covid -19 will move to remote learning during the time of the illness, and back to on-site learning once they are fully recovered.
- Please contact your building principal if you are interested, have questions, or would like to engage in the remote learning process.
If you are interested in having your children sign-up for remote learning please contact your building principal by Wednesday, August 5, 2020.
*Prior to coming to school:
Parents will be asked to screen their students for two of the following symptoms: temperature of 100.4 or higher, chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
At least one of the following: new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste and smell. If your student shows any of the aforementioned symptoms, please stay home. Consistent communication with the school will be important as we do not want children who are feeling ill to attend.
*During the school day:
LPS will require daily temperature checks as students and staff enter the building in the morning. Additionally, LPS will check student temperatures throughout the day. The following plan will be adhered to if a student, or staff member is symptomatic. Please see our district daily screen plan HERE.
As a school district, LPS is responding to this situation by developing plans that follow official health guidance. We understand that some of the things we are asking families to do are inconvenient, we wish this wasn’t the current state of affairs. As we move closer to the start of the year, we are asking that you work with your children on wearing masks and reinforcing that they need to take precautions with their health by socially distancing and washing their hands frequently. If we can all commit to these things for the 14 days prior to the start of school, it would be of great benefit to all of us.
In closing, LPS will continue to provide updates as we move towards the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Mr. Mathis, or Mr. Schwartz will be in contact with your family regarding detailed plans that pertain to the reopening of your specific building(s). If you have any building specific questions, please reach out to your respective principal. In the meantime, please enjoy the remainder of your summer and know we look forward to working with you this upcoming fall.
District Reopening Committee
Louisville Public School