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Update on School Closure

Submitted by sarah.sumsion on Mon, 03/23/2020 - 20:02
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March 23, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Like you, we are just learning that Governor Gary R. Herbert, State Superintendent Syd Dickson, and the Utah State Board of Education “announced today that Utah’s K-12 public schools will extend their dismissal [soft closure] through Friday, May 1st.”  Their press release further stated that they will “continue to evaluate the situation to make a determination about the remaining school year” and that:

Gov. Herbert expressed his appreciation to the educators throughout our state who have quickly adapted their instruction to remote learning platforms. 

“These are unprecedented times in Utah’s and our nation’s history,” the governor said, “I have been overwhelmed with Utahns’ outpouring of support for one another, and nowhere has this been more evident than in the way our educators are supporting Utah students and families.”

Distance learning will continue during the extended dismissal for all K-12 public schools, where feasible…

“We recognize that being away from school creates additional work and stress for everyone in our communities; however, it is a necessary step in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” said State Superintendent Sydnee Dickson. “During the uncertainties of the coming weeks, it is more important than ever to remain socially connected with our students and families while doing our best to ensure learning continues. The flexibility and initiative of our educators is a shining example of how we rise together in challenging circumstances.”

Meal services at K-12 public schools will also continue on an as-needed basis.

Nebo School District teachers and staff remain committed to providing the learning structure and support that students and parents will require during these challenging times.  Our talented and dedicated professionals are so thankful to you students and parents for your tremendous efforts regarding at-home schooling.  Please remain in communication with your child’s teachers and contact the school with questions and concerns.

We are so grateful to live in amazing communities that rally around each other in difficult circumstances and are proud to be your partners in helping your children have academic and social/emotional success.

Barnett Food Services and Tech Support Updates

Submitted by angela.stoddard on Wed, 03/18/2020 - 17:11
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Here are a few updates for you to be aware of:

Technology Support
As you are starting to work in some of the programs teachers are using and you have questions or you need assistance with using your chromebook we have a teacher that can help with that! Mrs. Spencer will be in the Office from 9-11am on Thursday and Friday. You can come down anytime during those hours and she would be happy to help you figure things out. 

Food Services
Nebo School District is now able to provide Free Grab-n-Go breakfasts and lunches for all children ages 0-18 in certain locations and Barnett is one of them! You no longer need to call in to order a lunch.Children can come anytime between 9:00-11:30am (note the time change from previous days) and pick up their breakfast and lunch all at once. Children must be present to pick up meals. This is for any child from 0-18! 

Barnett Office Hours
Our office will be open from 8:30-3:30 each day if you need to stop in to pick up or drop off packets, checkout out a chromebook, or need to call the school with a question. Please contact your teacher if you need to meet with them personally. 

Just a reminder that SEPs scheduled for tomorrow night is cancelled so if you are getting reminders from Sign Up Genius please disregard them. 

Thank you again for all you are doing to support your student's learning at home! You got this!

Latest Information on School Dismissal

Submitted by sarah.sumsion on Sun, 03/15/2020 - 16:34
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March 15, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

This letter, dated March 15, is a follow up to the Nebo District letter dated March 13, and other letters that have been sent from your child’s school.  It is intended to provide clarification regarding some general questions that have been circulating.  Please help us to ensure that all parents, guardians, grandparents, or caregivers who provide student support are aware of this information.

NEBO SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DISMISS SCHOOLS -- Repeat                 

As directed by the State of Utah, all public schools in Utah will dismiss beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, for two weeks in response to COVID-19. This is a proactive measure.

CONTINUED “AT-HOME” LEARNING -- Repeat

“Soft closure” or school “dismissal” means that Nebo employees will continue to provide learning for students through online instruction and/or educational packets to continue student learning. Further communication about devices and materials will come from your school.

Educators in Nebo School District will be working on March 16-17 to prepare online materials and/or packets and we anticipate instruction will begin Wednesday, March 18.  Please watch for specific information from your child’s school and teacher(s).

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate through these unprecedented educational times.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

MEALS FOR STUDENTS

Updated March 15 – Students can go to any school in the District to pick up meals beginning Monday, March 16.

In order to provide our Nebo students with “Grab and Go” meals, breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase at normal prices. Free/reduced meals are available for those who qualify.  Breakfast may be picked up between 8:00-9:00 a.m. and does not need to be pre-ordered.  Lunch may be picked up between 11:00-12:00 and should be pre-ordered each day using the phone number and order deadline provided by the individual school. 

CHILD CARE NOT PROVIDED

 

Clarification from the Governor’s Office:  At Friday’s news conference, “Gov. Gary R. Herbert mentioned that during public school’s two-week dismissal, parents who are unable to be home with children will have the option to bring them to school to be supervised by teachers. This is not the case

 

“School campuses will remain open for the next two weeks so students can retrieve personal items or pick up assignments from their instructors. Some instructors may be available for brief one-on-one tutoring or to help answer student questions about their assignments. It is important to note that schools will not provide childcare of any kind.” (see www.nebo.edu for full official statement)

 

STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL

 

Other than for picking up “grab and go” meals, students can be at the school by invitation only.  If they need to come and pick up items from the classroom, desk, or locker, they should contact the school to make arrangements.  Any individual tutoring or small group instruction plans will be coordinated by the school. 

 

STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL – PART 2

 

Parents always have the right to determine that their child should not come to the school, even if invited for specific services or instruction.  As always, students and others should refrain from coming to the school if they are sick or have been in direct contact with those who are sick with the virus.

 

BUSES

 

At this time a limited number of buses may be seen driving in your communities.  These buses are on specific assignments and are not for the general student population.  Please don’t mistake the presence of buses as a signal that schools are in session.

 

ACTIVITIES

There will be no extracurricular activities, practices, games, or performances during these two weeks (see www.nebo.edu for official statement).

QUICK FACTS -- Repeat

  • Information is changing almost daily.  For the most current and accurate Nebo District information and communication, contact your local school and/or check the Nebo District website at www.nebo.edu.
  • The school proactive dismissal for two weeks is meant to support social distancing and self-isolation to reduce the reach and spread of this virus.
  • COVID-19 has rapidly changing dynamics and the school district administrative team is working with local health authorities to monitor the situation on a daily basis. 
  • The Utah Health Department COVID-19 Hotline can be accessed at 1-800-456-7707. You can also receive Utah County Health updates by texting “UCHEALTH” to 888777 or the Utah County COVID-19 Helpline at 801-851-HELP (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

Update on Coronavirus

Submitted by sarah.sumsion on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 18:42
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March 13, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

NEBO SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DISMISS SCHOOLS

As directed by the State of Utah, all public schools in Utah will dismiss beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, for two weeks in response to COVID-19. This is a proactive measure.

CONTINUED LEARNING
School “dismissal” means that Nebo employees will continue to be in the schools providing learning for students through online instruction and/or educational packets to continue student learning. Further communication about devices and materials will come from your school.

Educators in Nebo School District are working on plans to extend learning at home through online learning opportunities. The first of next week, teachers will be preparing online materials, and we anticipate instruction will begin Wednesday, March 18.

More information will be made available to explain the details of the online platform as teachers use this time to prepare. Please watch for specific information from your child’s school and teacher(s).

MEALS FOR STUDENTS
In order to provide our Nebo students with “Grab and Go” meals, breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase at normal prices. Free/reduced meals are available for those who qualify.

QUICK FACTS
• The school proactive dismissal for two weeks is meant to support social distancing and self-isolation to reduce the reach and spread of this virus. There will be no athletic or extracurricular practices or games during these two weeks.

• COVID-19 has rapidly changing dynamics and the school district administrative team is working with local health authorities to monitor the situation on a daily basis.

• Nebo will continue to publish updates at www.nebo.edu.

• For further communication and specifics, contact your local school.

• The Utah Health Department COVID-19 Hotline can be accessed at 1-800-456-7707. You can also receive Utah County Health updates by texting “UCHEALTH” to 888777 or the Utah County COVID-19 Helpline at 801-851-HELP (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

 

Cougar Strong from BYU

Submitted by sarah.sumsion on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 13:43
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Photos by student publicity leaders Spencer W & Branson P

The Cougar Strong Dunk Team came and motivated students today to --> 

BE A FRIEND

BE STRONG

BE SMART

BYU students & athletes from Utah, Brazil, England and Washington taught kids the importance of our choices. Cosmo and the dunk team showed incredible athleticism and enthusiasm as they performed many dunk tricks. Even our teachers got in on the action! Teachers were invited to the middle where they were given a Cougar Strong poster for their classrooms, and the students all cheered for them to thank them. Miss Sheets & Mr. Cope even got to try to dunk the ball! They also were invited with many students to do a push up contest. Other students were given t-shirts - one to keep and one to give to someone they didn't know very well. Mrs. Sumsion was invited to spot the ball for 2 dunkers. What a fun assembly!!

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