April 2, 2020
To Families in FCPS:
Falls City Public Schools and all schools in Nebraska will be operating in an alternative learning environment for the remainder of the school year.
Per Governor Rickett’s Directive Health Measure, all schools in Nebraska will remain closed and operate in an alternative learning environment for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year. With this directive, all schools are closed to students until May 31st and cancels all extracurricular activities until May 31st.
Traditional graduation ceremonies are not going to be possible this May. Schools will be working to determine appropriate alternative methods to honor the Class of 2020 in each community, whether that be a ceremony at a later date or some other locally determined alternative graduation that complies with the guidance of health officials.
We continue to monitor the unfolding COVID-19 epidemic to anticipate its impact on our state. We are working with the Southeast District Health Department (SEDHD), the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE), and other state and local officials on this 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. To learn more about COVID-19, go to https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.
Tim Heckenlively, Superintendent
COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) ADVISORY
UPON CDC RECOMMENDATION ALL FALLS CITY PUBLIC & SACRED HEART SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS, OUTDOOR SEATING AREAS AND GROUNDS ARE CLOSED 24 hours per day/7 days a week
TO ALL UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
unauthorized ENTRY OR USE is CONSIDERED trespass
THE SCHOOLS HAVE NOT CLEANED ANY OUTSIDE SURFACES OR EQUIPMENT AND MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS AS TO THE CLEANLINESS or safety OF ANY SURFACE OR EQUIPMent
any person who violates this directive does so AT his/her OWN RISK AND IS SUBJECT TO TRESPASS
Please contact THE FALLS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AT (402) 245-2825 OR SACRED HEART SCHOOL AT (402) 245-4151
WITH QUESTIONS OR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THIS NOTICE
Food Safety and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-persons through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day, wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom. Falls City food services is taking extra precautions during this time as they prepare grab and go meals for our community.
On Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, Falls City Public Schools initiated a closure to help limit the spread of COVID-19 across the community. At this time, the closure is set to run through Friday, April 3rd, 2020 with school resuming on Monday, April 6th, 2020.
As we strive to continue learning opportunities for our students during the closure, teachers have thoughtfully put together learning opportunities for all students, Sixpence and PK-12. Student learning opportunities are grade-specific and include lessons, video links, online programs and enrichment activities for approximately one to two weeks. The learning opportunities focus on core subject areas such as math, science, ELA, and social studies, and may also include material from non-core classes. All lessons and activities are designed to keep students engaged in learning throughout the closure. We strongly encourage students to work through their lessons and return them to their teachers. Please note some teachers have already sent enrichment activities home with students.
If you have questions specific to your child’s classroom, please contact that teacher directly by email as they will be available to respond during the week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Given the circumstances, please understand that teachers may not be available to respond immediately, but will reply within a timely manner.
Falls City Public School District leaders will be working closely with the Board of Education and Southeast District Health Department (SEDHD) as well as public officials to assess the latest health information and determine the most appropriate next steps for our district. In the event of an extended school closure due to health concerns, learning opportunities will remain a priority and we will work to ensure that our students have opportunities to stay engaged throughout the closure. Online resources will continue to be available and updated at www.fctigers.org.
Falls City Public Schools Administration
NEBRASKA STRONG LEARNING LAB
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR STUDENTS TO START MONDAY MORNING,
WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKA, NEARLY ALL VIDEO AND CABLE TV SERVICES, ONLINE, THROUGH MOBILE APP, AND AVAILABLE FOR ON-DEMAND PLAYBACK
March 18, 2020 – The Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA) today announced it will offer educational programming for elementary and secondary students that will be available free to all Nebraska children beginning Monday, March 23. NSEA is partnering with News Channel Nebraska and Lincoln Public Schools on the project, with financial support from the National Education Association.
Many Nebraska schools are closed due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. More school districts are expected to close in the coming weeks.
“We are working with our members to coordinate this educational programming,” said Maddie Fennell, NSEA executive director. “From readalouds to learning games to instructional lessons with teachers, we will work to support our students and their families as we navigate this pandemic together.”
Educational programming for elementary students will air from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and for secondary students from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“And, because we know every family’s schedule is different, all the live content our members create and provide will be captured and available for on-demand playback at any time,” said Benson.
“The NSEA represents the teachers who change lives everyday throughout Nebraska. During this difficult time, thanks to the NSEA, children can continue learning and their parents will see firsthand some of the magic that happens in our classrooms every day,” said Andy Ruback, CEO Flood Communications/News Channel Nebraska.
There are multiple ways to watch this new educational programming. Families can live stream NCN at www.newschannelnebraska.com, download the NCN app on any mobile device, or access the programming through their local cable provider, NCN on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Roku apps. Those living in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Beatrice, Norfolk, Columbus and South Sioux City can also use an over-the-air antenna to access the live presentations. NCN will share the programming with its 300,000 social followers.
The programs will also be available on-demand through NSEA’s website at nsea.org and NSEA will provide an online forum for questions and supplemental educational resources.
Educators can submit their name as a potential "TV teacher" at:
Important information regarding the Grab & Go breakfast/lunch:
March 17, 2020
Dear Falls City Tiger Families and Patrons,
The Falls City Public Schools will dismiss 2-hours early on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 as the school district follows the guidance of Commissioner of Education Blomstedt and Governor Ricketts to take steps necessary to close schools by the end of the week. This is a precautionary measure to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Tomorrow will allow students the opportunity to gather personal and learning items from lockers and classrooms, and meet with their teachers. We will resume classes on Monday, April 6. FCPS has been actively collaborating with state officials to assist in this decision.
Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and Thursday, March 19, 2020 are canceled and will not be rescheduled.
We will continue to provide updates and further information. Thank you for your support during these extraordinarily, uncharted times.
Tim Heckenlively, Superintendent