Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
Families ~ the Chadron Public Schools COVID-19 Resource Hub is now live and ready to provide you with resources for learning. On this site you will find the same information found in our packets, along with videos and extra resources. Again, packet pick up is available from 10:30am-12:30pm on Mondays at the front door of Chadron Primary School - please drive from North to South on the ramp (opposite direction) and let us know what grade level you are requesting. We are also available from 7:40am-3:40pm for packet pick up, just give us a call. Thank you as always, for your patience and understanding as we roll out this new learning.
Find the resource hub below:
Find the resource hub below:
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Packets will be distributed for one week increments starting Monday (March 30th) and digital copies will be available on our Chadron Public Schools COVID-19 webpage that is in the process of being developed. We will distribute the packets on MONDAYS (10:30am-12:30pm) from the Primary School Ramp - PLEASE NOTE - we will be changing the One Way direction of the ramp to pass North to South in front of the Primary Building! Please enter the Middle School parking lot from the North Entrance (6th and Chapin/East 7th St.) and proceed through the Middle School parking lot. If you are participating in the Grab n’ Go food service please stop on the East side of the Middle School gym and then proceed between the Middle and Primary Schools to the Primary School ramp. Turn left and/or South onto the ramp and stop at the Primary School front door to pick up learning packets and then go down the ramp to exit onto 8th St. or Ann St. We look forward to seeing you Monday and please see the map below for more guidance.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
After consultation with COVID-19 Unified Command, it has been determined that all schools in the Nebraska Panhandle will be closed through Friday, May 1st, with the possibility of schools being closed for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year. This decision will be re-evaluated as circumstances change, with parents and families updated accordingly and extended as needed. This is a precautionary measure; there are currently no confirmed cases in the Panhandle; however, local health and school officials are watching the COVID-19 situation in Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota closely. School Superintendents met with Unified Command and agreed this action would help prevent exposure to our area to flatten the curve and decrease the spread of disease.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Sunday, March 15, 2020
After consultation with COVID-19 Unified Command, it has been determined that Chadron Public Schools along with all other schools in the Nebraska Panhandle will be closed for the next two weeks. This decision will be re-evaluated on Friday, March 27, 2020, with parents and families updated accordingly and extended as needed. This is a precautionary measure; there are currently no cases in the Panhandle. The State of Nebraska has elevated the risk assessment, and Nebraskans, in general, maybe at the same risk as travelers from other areas in the nation and other parts of the world. School Superintendents met with Unified Command tonight and agreed this action would help prevent exposure to our area to flatten the curve and decrease the spread of disease.
We ask that students and community members immediately begin engaging in social distancing. There will be no practices or school activities during the 14 day period. Unified Command has asked that anyone who has traveled to areas with community transmission of COVID-19 to self-monitor and self-quarantine. At this time, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Panhandle. Additional information will be forthcoming.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared that worldwide, including many states in the U.S, community transmission is occurring. Some countries and communities have widespread, sustained transmission.
- This weekend it was confirmed the first case of community transmission in Nebraska.
- Our neighboring states are beginning to identify community transmission (Iowa)
- Multiple large-scale exposure events have been identified in Omaha, which raises concerns about additional community transmission regionally and possibly statewide.
In light of these developments, we are modifying our risk assessment and the allocation of valuable public health resources. These updates are in reaction to the rapidly evolving epidemiology of this virus: community transmission changes everything. Nebraskans in general may soon be at the same risk as travelers from other areas in the nation and other parts of the world.
Public health recommendations for travelers:
A. All returning travelers have an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19
B. All returning travelers should limit public interactions, practice strict social-distancing, and self-monitor for symptoms
C. If a returning traveler develops fever or respiratory illness, they need to IMMEDIATELY self-isolate and report to a provider or call Panhandle Public Health District’s 24/7 line at 308-262-5764.
D. Returning travelers need to track the publicly reported COVID-19 disease burden in the areas to which they have travelled through both the local/state public health departments and public media websites. Areas with widespread sustained transmission, please see list below, are at increased risk and of special concern. Such travelers should self-quarantine for 14 days and immediately report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection to their health care provider. Individuals unable to observe the 14-day self-quarantine should consult with Scotts Bluff County: 308-630-1580, all other Panhandle counties: 308-262-5764.
E. Health care workers with a travel history from an area with widespread sustained transmission or other high-risk exposure should consult with a trained medical professional (e.g. infection preventionist or physician) at their facility and establish an infection control protocol (e.g., home quarantine, self-monitoring, PPE while at work etc.) that mitigates the risk of patient and co-worker exposure.
Areas with widespread sustained transmission, are at increased risk and of special concern. Such travelers should self-quarantine for 14 days and immediately report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection to their health care provider. Individuals unable to observe the 14-day self-quarantine should consult with Scotts Bluff County: 308-630-1580, all other Panhandle counties: 308-262-5764.
United States: Check here for updates - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
California state counties
Colorado state counties
New York state
Washington state counties
Internationally: Check here for updates - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html
We thank you for your cooperation, these are unprecedented times and it will take each person doing their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Students and families, please do not gather at alternate locations. Help keep our communities safe and protect our most vulnerable populations!
After consultation with Panhandle Public Health District and COVID-19 Unified Command, it has been determined that Chadron Public Schools along with the other ESU 13 schools in the Nebraska Panhandle will be closed for the next two weeks. The State of Nebraska has elevated the risk assessment this evening and schools are engaging in preemptive dismissal to try to decrease the spread of disease.
We ask that students and community members immediately begin engaging in social distancing. There will be no practices or school activities during the 14 day period. Unified Command and Regional West have asked that anyone who has traveled to areas with community transmission of COVID-19 to self-monitor and self-quarantine. At this time there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Panhandle. Additional information will be forthcoming.
Dr. Caroline B. Winchester
Chadron Public Schools will be open tomorrow (3/16) and remain open until directed otherwise by Panhandle Public Health District. If your child is sick or will be absent, please contact your child’s school and keep them home. Our goals are:
(1) Keep students & staff as healthy (physically, emotionally, and mentally) as possible so we can remain open as long as possible.
(2) Keep our health care system healthy-thus we need to do what we can to reduce the spread.
Friday, March 13, 2020
Chadron Primary School hosted the 4th Annual Penny Carnival last week and students and families had a great evening. Everyone enjoyed a variety of booths and snacks throughout the night and students received stamps in a passport that earned them building bricks. We want to thank our Parent Involvement group and the volunteers who helped coordinate this wonderful event. We also want to thank everyone who donated Lego building bricks and money to make this night possible.
* A huge thank you to Marcus Dykes at the Chadron Record for the fabulous photos!
|Draegan L was the winner of our raffle!|
Chadron Primary School hosted a recent Dr. Seuss Week along with a day of curricular activities surrounding Dr. Seuss books. Students enjoyed a dress up week based on a book of Dr. Seuss and the final culmination of events was a day of fun activities that promoted each of the core subject areas. Teachers designed a variety of stations for students to explore and we want to thank our Title 1 teacher Mrs. Ritterbush and all of our staff who helped coordinate and extend our children's learning.
Book It is a nation-wide program sponsored by Pizza Hut and students are able to receive personal pan certificates from Pizza Hut; students at Chadron Primary School have continued to read their hearts out!! Students have been setting goals and zipping through pages and were recently awarded prizes for turning in their Book It calendars for February. Chadron Primary School Title 1 teacher Mrs. Ritterbush is adding to this year's fun by adding small Dr. Seuss prizes students can select with completed calendars. Congratulations to these students for a job well done and keep up the great job with reading!
Chadron Public Schools will have classes Monday as scheduled. There will be no After School Program next week due to the extended spring break for CSC. We’ve been in contact with local, district and state officials and health departments regarding this dynamic situation. A press release with more information will be released Monday at 1:30pm.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
The test result for the parent of the Chadron student has tested negative for COVID-19. No further testing for COVID-19 in this situation is needed.
Panhandle Public Health District supports the decision to limit spectators at the Boy’s State Basketball tournament as a public health measure to prevent the spread. Social distancing at this early stage in our area will make a big difference on the impact of COVID-19.
Panhandle Public Health District continues to monitor the unfolding COVID-19 epidemic to anticipate its impact on the Panhandle. We are working as a unified command with Region 21, 22, and 23 Emergency Managers, and Scotts Bluff County Health Department on this evolving situation. We will continue to communicate important updates to the public and our partners. The CDC is putting out updated guidance daily; for the most up to date information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
We recommend that you call public health (308-262-5764) if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Please call before seeking health care. Public health is working with health care providers, the state health department, and CDC to determine if there is a need to be tested for COVID-19.
Residents are also encouraged to review their family preparedness plans in the event that coronavirus disease 2019 continues to spread in the United States.
People can help protect themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by:
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick. Social distancing has been key in reducing spread.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The CDC does NOT currently recommend the general public use facemasks.
PPHD is working with state health officials to continue to take action to prevent the spread of disease and protect the health of Nebraskans, including:
- Sharing the latest guidance and information with hospitals, health care providers, first responders, and local and state labs. We have been holding weekly updates with hospitals and clinics.
- Assessing our health care system’s readiness to identify, monitor, and treat patients with coronavirus disease 2019.
- Engaging in active and ongoing communication with state and federal partners as part of the overall national response to this emerging public health threat.
- Reviewing and enhancing response plans with emergency management and partners to be ready for the detection of COVID-19 in the panhandle.
- With the state and other local health department partners, we have a system in place to track and monitor cases in an effort to immediately detect secondary cases and minimize the potential for ongoing, undetected, person-to-person transmission. There are no cases in the Panhandle.
To learn more about COVID-19, go to https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.
PPHD will keep you posted in this quickly changing environment.
Panhandle Public Health District is working together to improve the health, safety, and quality of life for all who live, learn, work and play in the Panhandle. Our vision is that we are a healthier and safer Panhandle Community. Visit our website www.pphd.org.