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April 2, 2020

Dear Springfield Platteview Families, 

It is with a heavy heart I am writing you today to share news that I know will be difficult. Last night, Governor Ricketts ordered all schools in Nebraska to operate without students in the buildings through May 31, 2020. This means our remote learning will continue through the end of the school year. We will follow our normal school calendar with student days off on April 10 and 13. The last day for seniors is May 13 and for all other students on May 21. We appreciate all the governor’s work to keep our students, staff, and families safe during this unprecedented time and understand this was not an easy decision.

This is definitely not the end of the school year that many of us had hoped for our students, staff, and families. The closure will postpone all of our spring sports and activities through May 31 as well. We will await official word from the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) regarding the spring sports and activity season. This will also include postponing the commencement ceremony for seniors to Sunday, July 26 at 1:00 p.m. We will also take the next few weeks to consider many other options and creative ideas to thoughtfully recognize and honor our seniors. Many of us, including myself, have seniors and children impacted by this new course of action. We all want what is best for our students and families. We will be in touch in the next few weeks with more details.

Our remote learning is off to a good start. We understand this asks a lot of our parents and families. Please know we will continue to bring empathy and understanding to each of our families' situations as we move forward trying to educate our kids. Our goals are simple to finish out the rest of the school year. Continue to bring classmates and teachers together and get our students exposed to and participating in continued learning objectives. If your student is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our teachers, counselors, and principals for support. We want this to be a fun and rewarding learning opportunity for our students.

Our teachers and staff have been awesome with their outreach and their creativity. I’d also like to thank OPAA! and our food service staff who are serving hundreds of grab-and-go meals every week. Many thanks to our custodial staff for deep cleaning all of our buildings and helping in other areas. Also, our administrative and support staff who have been a great help in all facets of this situation. The caring for our students and families' success is very apparent. Lastly, thank you for your continued support for our school district. We are here for you, and we will continue to connect by email, social media, Zoom, and every other way until we can be together again in person.

Sincerely,

Brett Richards, Ed.S.
Superintendent

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