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Jim Kleine
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Dear Students, Parents and Patrons,  

  COVID-19 has changed how business is done at Elwood Public Schools. Our building has been closed since March 19th. Unfortunately the current recommendation from the Commissioner of Education is that schools not have students in the building through April 30, 2020. The Commissioner has also indicated that it is "highly unlikely" that we will return to school this school year. This recommendation is also highly encouraged by the Governor and the Public Health Officials. Based on these recommendations, Elwood Public School will be closing its building through April 30th. I believe that Kearney Public School said it the best. "Our buildings are closed, but the school year is not over".

  Knowing that learning must continue to progress, it will look different and be outside of our normal brick and mortar setting. All teachers at Elwood Schools are currently providing enrichment activities to students. These enrichment activities are a review of skills that students have already learned this year. Beginning in the very near future, teachers will be implementing a continuity of learning plan. More details about this plan will be provided very soon. At this time, grades 7-12 have mobile devices available and will receive communication from teachers regarding assignments and due dates. We are currently working on a schedule to check out mobile devices to elementary students. Families will be notified when devices can be picked up for check out at the south entry door. Elementary parents and students will receive information regarding assignments and due dates in the near future. If your student does not have access to the internet, please let us know by calling (308) 785-2491.

   This situation is developing rapidly, and conditions are changing daily and at times hourly. Please be assured that school administrators and board members are closely monitoring official state guidelines from the Nebraska Department of Education, the Governor's Office, and the State Health Officials. We will continue to re-evaluate our building closure as this situation continues to evolve.

   School activities through April are cancelled. Recommendations right now do not allow us to have gatherings of more than 10 people in a room at a time. We will continue to monitor this situation and look forward to a time when we can return to hosting school and activities as we normally would do.   


Daren L. Hatch