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June Update for Westside families & staff

Posted June 9, 2020

WESTSIDE FAMILIES:                                            

Good morning.  We want to give you an update on several important topics as we continue to move forward in these challenging times.

First, we do NOT want to overflow your email inbox this summer. We will do our best to be efficient and respectful of how many emails we send while also trying to provide timely updates to keep you in the loop. It’s a challenge to find the right balance. We know the last three months have been extremely tough on many families and we are not trying to add to that stress level. In fact, we are trying to communicate in hopes we can alleviate some stress for many of you.

We hope to have enough guidance from state level leaders to be able to make a decision and announcement as to what August will/will not look like by no later than July 15thObviously, we hope we can share definitive details sooner, but many factors are out of our control. We need all staff, students and families to understand that the 2020-21 school year could be a very fluid situation and changes could come even after initial plans are made and announced by mid-July. No decisions have been made regarding what the 2020-21 school year will look like, and we are planning for several scenarios. Still, we want to keep our community in the loop as best we can through this ever-evolving situation. With that, please note:

We invite you to attend our Community Forums throughout the summer, whether in person or by watching/listening online. At 6:00 pm on June 25, July 16 and July 30, District leaders will share developing updates and answer your questions about plans for school in Fall of 2020. These forums will take place in the Little Theater near the main entrance of Westside High School (with limited seating due to social distancing guidelines and masks to be worn by attendees) and be shared live via Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account in order to view the forum live.) Those who do have Facebook accounts will be allowed to ask questions of our panel to be answered live or by email/phone call after. CLICK HERE to access the Westside Community Schools – District 66 Facebook page, where the live stream will take place.

Aside from all of our communication with other school districts, the Nebraska Department of Education, elected officials, Health Department leaders, and others; we also want to hear from YOU.  We ask that you complete the brief survey linked below to share your potential plans and concerns for fall.  This will help as we continue to work on our pandemic plan.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below.  It would be much appreciated.

TAKE THE SURVEY HERE

In closing, please remember that no decisions have been made about August and the 2020-21 school year yet.  We still don’t have many of the answers we need for August and beyond.  June is a critical month for planning purposes and for our dedicated medical experts to continue to track COVID-19 and the impact throughout our community.  Please rest assured we are doing everything in our power to provide a safe learning and working environment for everyone.  We will send updates as they become available.

 

Mike Lucas 

Westside Community Schools

Innovation-Community-Excellence 

(402) 390-2100

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