September 8, 2020
Dear Millard Families,
I am very glad to welcome you to the second month of school. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, we are glad to be open and to be able to offer you a choice of in-person or concurrent learning that best suits your family. This has not been easy, and I am so thankful for our dedicated teachers and staff. I want to update you on a couple of items.
Teacher Work Days: Our teachers have stepped up to doing something they’ve never done before, essentially teaching in two places at once. I have seen amazing agility and creativity as teachers manage in-person and remote learners at the same time. I also know to be sustainable in the months ahead, they need to invest time and energy into their planning. We are going to set aside three days from now through January to help our teachers create the best possible learning environment for your students. To give our teachers the time to plan, there will be no school for students on the following days:
- September 25th
- November 3rd
- January 4th
KidsNet: KidsNet will be available on these three teacher work days. We appreciate our partnership with the Millard Public Schools Foundation.
Election Day: The November 3rd teacher work day is also very important because it is election day. Many of our buildings are polling places. During a normal year, we have several procedures in place to keep voters and students separated, but with our ongoing pandemic response, this becomes much more difficult this year. It will be important for us not to be in school on election day.
October Conferences: We look forward to a time when we can welcome you back to our buildings and hope that it will be sooner rather than later. But in the meantime we want to make sure you are able to connect with your children’s teachers. We will be holding parent-teacher conferences remotely. Principals will be in touch with more information.
Flu Shot: I want to encourage every family to get their flu vaccination if they are able. This will be very important as we address COVID and the flu during the upcoming winter months.
Safety: Safety is our top priority always. Thank you for helping us with our safety procedures and protocols. They are important. Again, we know the virus can be brought into our schools. We are working hard to prevent community spread within our schools.
We also know that we have to expect that we will see positive cases and quarantines as well as anticipate that we may have to close a classroom, a grade level or maybe even a building. If that is the case, we will complete the quarantine and get back to normal after the quarantine period.
Please know that we continue to track data on a daily basis. We look at data across the state, across Douglas/Sarpy County, within our zip codes and in our schools. We have updated our COVID-19 Web Page and you can find it by clicking here or by clicking on the banner at the top our www.mpsomaha.org web site. We are now making public all positive cases by district and school location as well as reporting on a daily basis the number of quarantines.
Thank you for partnering with us during these unique times. I am so glad to see our students return to learning.
Jim Sutfin, Ed.D.