March 30, 2020
Recently, I was required to submit a “Continuity of Learning Plan” for Bertrand Community School. This plan describes the temporary actions that support the continuation of teaching and learning for all students due to the interruption of normal school attendance operation. This form was requested/expected by the Department of Education Commissioner’s Office.
From listening to Commissioner
Blomstedt, it has been apparent that the Department of Education EXPECTS
education to continue even though we sent the students home. Each district has its own unique plan, however,
they will all include teaching and learning.
For high school students, the plan includes a “continuation” of
their course work. At this time the
students in grades 7-12 are only being asked to meet 40% for each of their core
classes (Math, Science, Social Science, Language Arts) and less than 40% for
classes that are non-core classes (electives.)
Since the students will only be meeting 2 out of the 5 days per week the
amount of work will also be 60% less than normal. The students can communicate with their
teachers through several digital methods to answer any questions they may have
during the day. The students in grades
K-6 will also meet with students on an abbreviated schedule, but their teachers
will still expect education to take place. In a nutshell, all students are still in
school…just not at our facility.
Thank you for understanding that
continuing educational opportunities, during this difficult time, are required
by the Nebraska Department of Education.
Our dedicated teachers are doing their very best to accommodate every
family’s unique needs. In fact, if
any family doesn’t have wi-fi (and hasn’t visited with Mrs. Edgren or Mrs. High)
please let the office know as soon as possible!
Several providers are willing to provide students with free Wi-Fi during
I hope this brief explanation will
help alleviate any misunderstandings.
Dr. Dennis Shipp
Bertrand Community School