The Falls City Public Schools held the regular School Board Meeting on May 11, 2020. Here are the highlights of the meeting.
FCPS COVID-19 Update & Priorities Focus on 1) Taking Care of Our Employees; 2) Taking Care of Kids and Their Academics; The School District 56 Continuity of Learning Plan continues through the school closure in order to do our part to limit COVID-19 from spreading across our community. During FCPS’s closure the schools have provided enrichment activities for our students utilizing student email accounts, Google Classroom, websites, and pencil and paper packets. As we strive to continue educational opportunities for our students during the closure, teachers have thoughtfully put together learning opportunities for all students. The learning opportunities focus on core subject areas such as math, science, ELA, and social studies, as well as including material from non-core classes. All lessons and activities are designed to keep students engaged in their own learning throughout the closure. We as a school and community have all learned a tremendous lesson since March 17 when we were required to close our schools to children – there is no substitute to genuine face-to-face teacher instruction and daily, personal engagement.
With the month of May now upon us the last week of enrichment activities, the continuity of learning plans, and collecting student work/projects/assignments/etc. will be May 11-15 for grades PreK-11. Student equipment, devices and materials check in/out will be the week of May 18-22 for preK-11.
Graduating Senior Check-out conducted under guidance from the Southeast Nebraska District Health Director Authority – FCPS seniors and immediate family members participated in a special social distancing check out opportunity on May 5, 6, and 9 to wrap up their formal education at Falls City High School. Each graduating senior was scheduled for an individual time to complete the check out process and have a picture taken in their cap and gown, a picture with their parents, and a picture with Mr. Heckenlively and Mr. Dunkhas. Diplomas will be distributed at a later date. The school district is tentatively planning a more traditional graduation ceremony for August 1st and will be releasing more information and guidance as it becomes available from state health officials.
Grab & Go Meal Program Continues into the Summer - FCPS will be continuing to provide lunch through the summer break to students. This will be a lunch only program starting on June 1 and will run through July 30. Lunch will be provided Monday through Thursday with Fridays lunch included in the Thursday pickup. There will not be home deliveries made for the summer lunch program. All lunches will need to be picked up at the middle school each day between 11AM and 12:30PM. A lunch will be provided for all children between the ages of 1 and 18. If you would like to participate in our extended lunch program please fill out the survey below posted on the school’s website at www.fctigers.org.
The 2020 legislative session is currently adjourned until the speaker calls. The session will remain adjourned until the situation has stabilized, and the Speaker of the Legislature deems it safe to reconvene. During this pause in the legislative session, senators and their offices continue their work.
A priority for the reconvening session will be budget adjustments and bills that deal with the pandemic. Most other bills will likely be tabled. LB 1106, formerly LB 974, (the education funding reform/property tax bill) is still a priority for Sen. Linehan and the Revenue committee.
2020/21 State Aid
The District 56 Board of Education acted on several items during the board meeting.
1) Approved the following Board Policy reviews and revisions on final reading: 1) Policy 5340 Leasing/Rental/Use of School Facilities; 2) Policy 6212 Classified Staff Leaves/Absences; 3) Policy 7113 Admission of Students Who Reside Out of The State of Nebraska.
2) Accepted the Teacher Resignation of Leigh Anne Blankenship, Elementary Teacher, 3 years.
3) Approved a Resolution to Authorize Line of Credit with F & M Bank in the amount of $950,000 in the event of financial disruption related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
4) Approved the Student Handbooks for 2020-2021.
5) Approved the ESU4 Core Services Resolution for 2020-2021.
The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for June 8, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. in the Central Office in Falls City Middle School. Regular and special meeting agendas are kept in the Office of the Superintendent, Tim Heckenlively.
Falls City Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status or economic status in its programs, activities and employment.
Each year the Falls City Education Foundation honors excellence in individuals through a series of awards. We honor those who have demonstrated excellence . . .
Falls City Public Schools will be continuing to provide lunch through the summer break to students. This will be a lunch ONLY program. Lunch will be provided Monday through Thursday with Fridays lunch included in the Thursday . . .
May 1, 2020 Dear FCPS Tiger Parents and Guardians, We first want to say that we miss you and your children, and hope that everyone is well. Due to the closure of our schools in the . . .
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 . . .
March 25, 2020 To Families in FCPS & ESU 4 School Districts: Based on recommendations from the Southeast District Health Department and the Nebraska Commissioner of . . .
Falls City Public Schools is committed to all students' education. During this time, please refer to our website for educational enrichment opportunities for students. Information will be updated on the website to assist families during . . .
***NEWS RELEASE*** EDUCATORS ANNOUNCE NEBRASKA STRONG LEARNING LAB EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR STUDENTS TO START MONDAY MORNING, WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH . . .
Dear Families, On Wednesday, March 18 th , 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, . . .
Important information regarding the Grab & Go breakfast/lunch: The Falls City Public School District is planning a free Grab & Go breakfast/lunch program for every student in the school . . .
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 . . .
Superintendent Tim Heckenlively announced The Falls City Education Foundation Annual Outstanding Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year Awards and the Outstanding . . .
During inclement weather, when announced, the following will be used for emergency snow routes. When we run these routes, it will be for the A.M. and P.M. routes. Falls City Public Schools will use hard surfaced Highways only. . . .