April 3 - Dear Ord Families Governor Ricketts issued an order Wednesday night requiring Nebraska schools to operate without students in buildings through May 31. With that Directed Health Measure, we now know that we will not be able to physically come back together this school year; Ord Public Schools facilities will remain closed with our remote learning format to continue. We had held out hope we would be reunited with our students this school year, but we have also been preparing for this scenario. Staff will now begin finalizing plans since we now know we will not be able to be together in our classrooms this school year. We will continue our remote learning plans as we have done these past two weeks. Assignments will continue to be provided by teachers to help with the retention of skills. Our emphasis is on staying academically and socially engaged, providing learning opportunities, and reviewing key concepts. We want to continue to focus on learning as opposed to grading. This is not a concern that we need to address at this time. We just want everyone to simply do the best they can. We understand that schedules, supports, and learning styles vary greatly. Stay engaged with us and we will do our best to meet the needs of our students. In continuing to support the needs of our students and families, our plan is to continue to provide breakfast and lunches free of charge to our students until we are no longer able to do this to align with public health department guidance. Updates on menus and plans will be made weekly. We are also here for mental health/emotional support. If you need help for yourself or your child regarding behavior, mental help support, or how you can access help, please call your students' school and speak with either the Principal or the Guidance Counselor. Your information will be kept private and we will do our best to help you. Closing our schools for the rest of the year also impacts extra-curricular events and high profile events. The spring activities season has officially been cancelled by NSAA. We are uncertain as to what other historical events that the school hosts during this time will look like, such as Prom, Graduation, Kindergarten Orientation, etc. but we will be making decisions on those events in the near future. We will be planning a virtual meeting with Senior students and families next week to communicate plans for Seniors. We realize that there are many questions that we are not able to answer yet. Guidance is coming to schools from the Governor and the Education Commissioner, along with Federal Guidelines, that will impact many of the decisions that we are trying to make. This is a common theme for all schools to work through these new changes and plan for additional developments as our community, country and world continue to respond to this pandemic. We will continue to iron out details as we work through this and will have follow up communication as plans develop. We do not want to overwhelm you with communication, and our goal is to share as much as possible with you to keep everyone on the same page. Thank you for your support, engagement, and patience. As we all navigate this uncertain journey, please give grace, support others, and take time to take care of yourself and your family. We are all in this together. Just keep doing your best. We appreciate all that you’re doing. Better days are ahead and we look forward to being together again. Stay strong Chant Nation! Sincerely, Dr. Heather Nebesniak
March 26 - The Ord Public Schools Board of Education held an Emergency Meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 11:30 am in regards to the national and state emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic. Meeting agenda and minutes can be viewed here: https://meeting.sparqdata.com/Public/Organization/Ord
March 19th - School Closure Communication Letter
March 17th - Guidelines that will need to be followed regarding activities at Ord Public Schools during our school closure period are as follows:
- Activity/Sports Practices--Coaches and sponsors will not meet with the participants in their respective activities during this time. If students want to communicate with their coaches, they can but they should not meet with them for direct instruction.
- Accessibility to Indoor Facilities--Students and community members will not be allowed to use the indoor facilities of Ord Public Schools during the closure. This allows us to keep the facilities clean and disinfected for the safety of all involved.
- Outdoor Facilities--The track and golf course will be available for students that want to work on improving their skills. However, please limit the number of students that would be in a group. You will want to keep distance between yourself and the other people that may be using the track or the golf course. The school will not provide equipment for practice. For example, we will not make pole vault poles, shot puts, discuses, or high jump standards available for student use. This is a liability issue that we need to avoid. Again, this is in accordance with guidelines that are currently set.
- We would encourage students to get some type of workout in if they desire but there will be NO mandatory practice sessions during the school closure.
- As per NSAA guidelines, a coach may not provide direct instruction to more than 4 athletes at one time when a season is not in session. Since the spring activities seasons have been suspended, they are now considered not in session. Since school is not in session, no coach or sponsor will be meeting with students.Our coaches must adhere to this ruling.
We will update these guidelines if and when we receive more information and direction from the NSAA and the other government agencies that are monitoring our current situation.
Thank you to all for your patience and understanding as we work our way through these unusual times.
Derry Trampe, Activities Director
March 17th - OPS Families, We are working on developing a plan to continue the school lunch program through a "Grab-and-Go" delivery. On Wednesday, March 18th from 11:00am - 1:00pm, we will be providing a Take-Out Lunch and Breakfast for our students. Families that are interested may drive up curbside at Ord High School by Entrance 20 by the New Gym to get 2-3 lunches and 2-3 breakfasts per student. With the anticipated winter weather in our area on Thursday, this will be the only pick-up this week. Our plans are to have this on a daily basis starting next week. This is an evolving plan and we will do our best to adjust to the needs of our students. Priority is to get breakfast/lunches to our students as soon as possible until we can have a daily meal provided for our students. If you have food concerns for your family, please contact either school office and we will help your family.
March 17th - District Letter (PDF)
March 16th - In guidance with updated recommendations from the CDC to limit gathering of more than 10 persons, the Nebraska Department of Education Commissioner has recommended schools closing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Effective immediately, the Ord Public Schools will be closed through April 3rd. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will do our best to keep our community updated on changes. Administrators and staff will be working to provide for the nutrition and educational needs of our students during this closure. More information will be shared with our community as soon as plans have been finalized. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to navigate these unprecedented times.
March 16th - The NSAA has suspended all practices in sponsored activities until March 30 and any competitions until April 2. This may be extended as needed. Therefore Ord Public Schools will not have any practices in golf, speech, or track until the NSAA allows schools to practice again.
March 9th - OPS Covid-19 Message & CDC Guidelines: https://www.apptegy.net/s/news-ord-public-schools/articles/ops-covid-19-message-cdc-guidelines