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March 2020

Utah State Board of Education Extends School Dismissal Until May 1st

Submitted by nick.sheffer on Mon, 03/23/2020 - 19:08
Attributions: 
Lana H. Hiskey

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.

 

Sincerely,

Lana Hiskey

Community Relations Administrator 

3/17/20 - Latest Update

Submitted by nate.whitney on Tue, 03/17/2020 - 17:23
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3/17/20 - Latest Update - PLEASE READ THIS CONTENT CLOSELY!

Parents and Students,
I wanted to sincerely thank all of you who completed the survey we sent yesterday. Almost 500 of you responded in under 24 hours. This is amazing! If you haven’t yet completed this survey - PLEASE DO SO NOW to help us plan logistics.  https://forms.gle/MnoKd4q3K6tyUQEq9  We have been able to use this data to make many important decisions and get things up and going quickly. I also wanted to thank you for all the overwhelmingly positive feedback. It’s very comforting to know we have your support. Thanks!

Chromebook Distribution
Our staff has been working very hard and will be ready to start online learning by tomorrow Morning. We will also be ready for Chromebook distribution tomorrow. Because of the large response of those needing Chromebooks we will stagger the pick-up times to try and limit group sizes throughout the day. We want to reduce the number of people here at the school at the same time. Please follow the alphabetical by last name system outlined below:

Wednesday, March 18th
8:00 -     9:00    A-B
9:00 -     10:00    C-D
10:00 -    11:00    E-G
11:00 -    12:00    H-J
12:00 -  1:00    K-M
1:00  -     2:00    N-R
2:00  -     3:00    S-T
3:00  -     4:00    U-Z
   
In order to access all classes students will need to login to Canvas. https://canvas.nebo.edu/  Use your student email and password to enter your canvas classroom. Students won’t be able to login unless they have opened their student email account first.

School Meals
Students may get a school meal at ANY Nebo District school. Remember breakfast will be served from 8:00-9:00 am daily and lunch will be served from 11:00-12:00 daily. Regular prices apply, free and reduced programs will be honored.

Contacting the School
The front office will be available by phone 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and open for walk-in traffic during these same hours. Students needing to drop off missing work from 3rd Term can do so in the office and we will get it to the teacher.

Copied Packets
Photo Copied Packets are available for those that NEED them because they don’t have WiFi internet access. We feel that the online option is much better and is what we recommend due to the ability to enhance lessons and the ease of submitting homework. That being said, we know there are some situations where paper and pencil will be required. Those packets will be available for pick-up tomorrow between 11:00 and 3:00 p.m. (this is a change from previous communication) Please respond to the survey letting us know you need the packets or call in to let us know. After tomorrow, packet pick up will be every Monday between 11:00 and 3:00 p.m. Students should turn in the previous week’s assignments when they pick up the new packet each Monday.

As you already know, conditions change quickly and I will continue to email parents and students to relay relevant information.

Thanks again and STAY SAFE,
Mr. Nate Whitney

Thank you for your patience and support

Submitted by nick.sheffer on Tue, 03/17/2020 - 16:21
Attributions: 
Lana H. Hiskey

Nebo Students: 

Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate through this unprecedented time in education. We just want to keep you updated on what is happening in Nebo School District.

For the past couple of days and even through the weekend, Nebo teachers have been in training and preparing online materials and/or packets for their students for “at home” instruction.

Students, you should be hearing from your teacher(s) about learning “at home” instructions and directions in the next day or two on how to proceed in your particular class. If you have not heard from your teacher by the morning of Friday, March 20, 2020, please notify your school.

School campuses will remain open for the next two weeks.
• Students can retrieve personal items.
• Students can pick up assignments from their instructors.
• Some instructors may be available for brief one-on-one tutoring.
• Instructors will help answer student questions about their assignments.

The safety and education of our Nebo students is paramount in everything we do and in every decision we make. Thank you for your partnership in education.

 

Options for Adding Home Internet

Submitted by nate.whitney on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 16:41

Here are some options for families asking about internet access that do not have it at home.  Please understand that no responsibility for accuracy or cost can be taken by the school for this offer - We are simply passing on information. 

Free WiFi Hotspots (See maps for locations)

Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi Free hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser. 
 

Internet for home use:

Families are responsible for creating an account with the provider. 
 

Comcast: (Available in most of the district except for Santaquin/Goshen/parts of Payson) https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

 

Internet Essentials Free to New Customers:  

As announced yesterday, it’s even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign-up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.  
 

SFCN (Spanish Fork City Residents) - Call (801) 798-2877 for more info and to see if you qualify. 

 

State issues clarification on K-12 dismissal

Submitted by nick.sheffer on Sun, 03/15/2020 - 22:04
Attributions: 
Lana H. Hiskey

State Issues Clarification on K-12 Dismissal

SALT LAKE CITY (March 14, 2020) - At a news conference yesterday afternoon, 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.

During this period, meal services to students will still be available. In many instances, this is a grab-and-go lunch or breakfast program. These options will vary by school, designed to meet the unique needs of the local school community.

Families should look to local districts and charters for information on specific services available during the two-week dismissal.

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.).                              

 

--

Lana H. Hiskey
Communications & Community Relations Administrator
Nebo Education Foundation Director
Nebo School District

Update for picking up meals, Chromebooks and expected hours for students

Submitted by nate.whitney on Sun, 03/15/2020 - 16:08
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Dear Parents

As mentioned in yesterday’s email, school breakfast and lunch will continue to be available during the school dismissal.  Please note A CHANGE from yesterday’s email - the time has been adjusted for serving these “grab and go” meals. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. We are asking those wishing to get a lunch to call ahead so that an estimate can be made for how much food to prepare each day. To do this simply call the school number 801-489-2892 then select #4 for kitchen and a worker will answer or leave a message on the machine - please state the date and number of meals you are ordering. These call ins may begin immediately. Click this link to see the daily menu https://nebo.nutrislice.com/menu/mapleton-jr?mode=browse (click breakfast or lunch)

I have received several emails about Chromebook pick up. We will check out Chromebooks to MJHS students starting Wednesday, March 18th in the morning at 8:00 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. To check out a Chromebook simply drop into the school and go to the Library. Mrs. Marett will check out a machine one per student. Remember that you will need active WiFi connectivity at home inorder to use a Chromebook.

Another quick answer to a great question I received - Will students need to be logged on during specific hours during the day? No, Online coursework will be very flexible regarding specific times that students may complete it. There is a desire that daily contact between teacher and student occur. Specific hours can fit the flexibility needed by your family.

Thank you again for your amazing support, patience and understanding. I have received many encouraging messages from patrons and they are truly appreciated. This situation is unprecedented and will require flexibility from all of us. However, we want to reassure you that an army of heroic and committed teachers, technicians, and support staff will begin Monday morning to figure this all out. WE'VE GOT THIS! We love your kids and want to keep everyone safe, healthy, and learning through this unusual time.

Sincerely,

MJHS Administration, Faculty and Staff

 

School Dismissal Letter

Submitted by nate.whitney on Sun, 03/15/2020 - 16:06
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Dear Parents

Earlier this evening you received an email sent by Lana Hiskey from Nebo School District letting you know that in compliance with the State of Utah, all public schools in Utah will dismiss beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, for two weeks in response to COVID-19.  My email this evening is intended to let you know how MJHS will be helping all our students to have a great “at home learning” experience. This is of course a highly unusual situation and we are lucky to have great online resources available that will allow for the continuation of learning from home. This will allow us to continue school and not have to make up days lost in the summer!

Here is the plan… Teachers will be coming to school each day and creating online curriculum resources that can be accessed by students from home. Typically a student would spend 5 to 6 hours engaged in a variety of academic courses during a normal school day. Parents and students should expect that teachers will provide approximately the same amount of instructional work for students during this dismissal. Students will check into online courses that match their daily schedules and complete assignments and activities as assigned. Information about how to login to Canvas by students can be accessed by clicking this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TFakLSajdAL4MlohyN9MAt4CbhHjXRhCN9V79D6z1cA/edit?usp=sharing  We hope that the learning will be meaningful and help each student continue to make progress in each of their classes.

Monday and Tuesday will be teacher preparation days that will be used to create instruction and then starting Wednesday, March 18th at home instruction will begin. As parents we ask that you please encourage your student to stay caught up and complete the assignments, activities and tests that will be available.

For families that don’t have internet available at home a hard copy packet of materials will be produced for pick up at the school. Please call ahead so that appropriate copying can be done to provide these materials to you. If you do have internet but lack a device for your student, Chromebooks will be available for check out at the school beginning Wednesday, March 18th.

As shared in the district email, “Grab and Go” meals, breakfast and lunch will be available at the school for purchase at normal prices. Free/reduced meals are available for those who qualify. 

If you have questions concerning anything in this email, please call the school on Monday after 9:30 a.m. This will allow secretaries to attend staff information meetings on Monday morning. More information will be sent out by the school and individual teachers in the coming days as appropriate and needed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to help all students be successful in their learning! 

Sincerely,

Nate Whitney

Principal MJHS

 

NEBO SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DISMISS SCHOOLS

Submitted by nick.sheffer on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 19:18
Attributions: 
Nebo School District

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.).

 

Principals Email Update

Submitted by nick.sheffer on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 07:55
Attributions: 
Mr. Whitney

Dear Parents - 

 

As you are aware the COVID-19 virus known as Coronavirus is currently a top concern nationwide. I am reaching out through this email to help communicate to parents and the community what proactive measures are being taken and have been taken by Nebo schools to protect students and our MJHS community. 

 

Earlier today an email was sent by Asst. Superintendent Scott Wilson to all parents containing important information about Coronavirus and the district’s preparations and response plans. Please be aware that the school district is working closely with the county and state health departments to monitor and respond appropriately to this quickly evolving situation. School dismissal or closure decisions will be made based on real time local circumstances here at MJHS by Utah County Health Department officials in coordination with state and school district officials. 

 

Right now school will continue as normal with the exception that performances, assemblies and other large gatherings will be cancelled or postponed to a later date. This may impact planned events such as fine arts concerts, class field trips, etc. Additionally I have instructed our hard working custodial staff to be extra vigilant and increase our school sanitation techniques and practices. Surfaces such as doorknobs, desks, drinking fountains and the like, will continue to be carefully sanitized on a daily basis. We will also review in Mustang Time lessons with students the hygiene measures that prevent the spread of the virus. I remind parents that any student with symptoms of illness should be kept home and then be sure to let the school know.   

 

If cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are confirmed in our community or in connection to our schools, we will immediately notify families and employees. In the event of a school wide dismissal or closure here at MJHS, our faculty will be prepared to deliver online curriculum and classroom instruction to our students. For additional information regarding how Nebo School District is addressing COVID-19, including the most recent updates, please visit our website at http://www.nebo.edu/.

 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we deal as a community with this pressing health issue. Please call or email an administrator or school counselor if you have any questions or concerns regarding you or your student’s individual situation.

 

Sincerely,

Nate Whitney

Principal MJHS

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