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March 24, 2020

Dear Springfield Platteview Community,

We are excited to announce that Springfield Platteview Community Schools and OPAA! will be providing Grab-N-Go meals at no charge for any child in a household from birth to 18 years of age, regardless of income. Please take a moment to visit our Grab-and-Go page for all the details. We would like to say thank you for giving us this opportunity to help. #SPRINGFIELDPLATTEVIEWSTRONG


March 20, 2020

Hello Springfield Platteview Community School District,

Right now we are dealing with a pandemic health crisis and this is uncharted waters for all. I wanted to send a few quick tips for prevention and contact information for any medical questions you may have regarding COVID-19. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), those infected with COVID-19 may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease) may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.

People may experience:

  • cough
  • fever
  • tiredness
  • difficulty breathing (severe cases)

The keys to preventing or slowing the spread of COVID-19 is hygiene and social distancing.

Hand hygiene:
Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Respiratory hygiene or cough etiquette:

  1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
  2. Use the nearest waste receptacle to dispose of the tissue after use;
  3. Perform hand hygiene (e.g., hand washing with non-antimicrobial soap and water, alcohol-based hand rub, or antiseptic handwash) after having contact with respiratory secretions and contaminated objects/materials.

The other step to take is social distancing. The purpose of social distancing is to reduce contact between members of society to help reduce the risk and numbers of those contracting COVID-19. This is to help the health care system manage those who are ill and requiring treatment on top of treating those who require medical attention for other reasons such as car accidents, chronic disease, etc.

If you or someone in your family has symptoms of COVID-19, it is important to contact your health care provider for medical attention and to remain self-quarantined to your home.

Lastly, if you have any questions or want to talk to a healthcare professional, you can call the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) COVID-19 hotline at (402) 552-6645. This hotline is manned 24/7 and provides up to date prevention strategies, travel restrictions/quarantines, and the ability to talk with health professionals. You can also visit the DHHS website for up to date information.

Please stay safe!!

Thank you

Kelli Haynes RN, MSN
Springfield Platteview Community School
District RN

March 19, 2020

Dear SPCS Families,

The Governor has now announced the second case of community-spread coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Omaha area. He has now closed schools in the Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington Counties, which includes Springfield Platteview Community Schools. We are to remain closed through at least April 30, 2020. This includes postponements of all sports and activities and any outside group scheduled events in or outside of our district facilities. KidsCare will also remain closed during this time.

As I said in a letter earlier this week, the district will roll out our Remote Learning Plan early next week to students and parents. We plan to begin remote teaching and learning on Thursday, March 26. This plan will include all the information you need and will hopefully answer most of your questions. Elementary principals from each school will be in communication on how students/parents can pick up iPads and other supplies from their classrooms. Secondary principals will also be in touch with information on how students can pick up any items from their lockers needed during this time.

I realize there are a lot of questions about prom, graduation, sports and activities, and many other events we all look forward to in the spring. With schools closed until April 30, we unfortunately have to announce now that our 6th-grade Outdoor Education Program, scheduled for April 16-17, and Platteview High School Prom, scheduled for April 18, will be postponed. We want to continue to make every effort not to cancel or postpone events before we absolutely have to.

Our Board of Education and administration wants to make every effort to try and reschedule these historic events for our students in the future. We will also relay any new information from the Nebraska School Activities Association as we receive it regarding spring sports and activities after this closure.

We all feel awful for our students and staff who will be missing out on the next six weeks of actually being in school, especially our seniors. We are continuing to think of alternative ideas and ways to join and celebrate our kids during and after the closure. This is a challenging time and we will be available to support any of you who need additional help or family resources. We will stay positive and continue to work together to make this happen. All of our staff will be working during the closure, including principals, counselors, teachers, and support staff. Please reach out if you need any type of assistance. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

Brett Richards, Ed. S.
Superintendent

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