In a press conference held Wednesday evening, Governor Pete Ricketts directed that schools statewide remain closed to students through May 31. In addition, all extracurricular activities are canceled statewide, under the latest directed health measure. This will include all NSAA activities for the remainder of the school year.
According to Dr. Dennis Shipp, superintendent of Bertrand Community School, as of April 1, the Two River’s Health Department has listed the school district under the “Directed Health Measures” edict. Because of this, only Bertrand School ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL will be allowed into the Bertrand Community School building.
In addition, a case of coronovirus in Buffalo county has been identified as community-transmitted, according to Two Rivers. This means that the health officials aren’t able to trace how or where the person was infected.
Directed Health Measure have now been put in place for all counties in the Two Rivers Public Health Department which includes: Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, and Phelps counties.
This means for those counties, there will be forceable limits on public gatherings. It also requires restaurants and bars to close dining areas and move to take out service, delivery, and/or curbside services only until further notice. Schools can have staff in the buildings BUT NO STUDENTS. The measures do not apply to daycares.
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 this time-frame.
I hope this brief explanation will help alleviate any misunderstandings.
Dr. Dennis Shipp
Bertrand Community School
Here is information on how to access your child’s Schoology Accounts.
Starting on Monday, March 30, 2020, official online school sessions will begin and student attendance will be required as school moves forward. Teachers will be giving assignments and information online via Zoom, online video, and/electronic delivery through Schoology. Teachers have scheduled possible meeting sessions two days per week to provide lecture information and/or answer questions for students about posted assignments. Teachers will also be available during an additional scheduled office hour to answer questions and help direct students. Students should watch for individual posts from their classroom teachers for specific directions and information about meetings and class assignments/directions. Students are reminded that class sessions are mandatory just as if we were in attendance at the regular school site.
7-12 Teacher Online Class Schedules
Below you will find high school schedules for teachers arranged by grade level. Click on the link on each image to download a printable pdf file or on the image to see an enlarged picture.
MEALS WILL BE FREE FOR ALL CHILDREN 18 AND UNDER!
Bertrand school will be offering a grab and go sack lunch again!! May 4 through May 8th!
There is a google form that will need to be filled out by Thursday , April 30th, by 12:00 p.m. for EACH child in your household. You can find the form on Schoology, Bertrand website, Bertrand Viking Facebook page, and Instagram. If you cannot access the form and want meals, please call the school at 472-3427 by 12:00 pm on Thursday! YOU MUST SIGN UP BY NOON ON THURSDAY!! We will NOT be accepting late sign ups!
If your student is unable to pick up their lunch but they are still in need of meals, please contact the school to make arrangements.
******Pick up will be in FRONT of the school!*****