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March 2020

COVID-19 Update 3/16/2020

Submitted by seth.spainhower on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 14:39
Attributions: 
Nebo School District & State of Utah (Clarifications Attachment)

Click on this link to read a "clarification message" from the Governor's Office. 

Also, below is a copy of an email sent out by our district officials on 3/15/2020. 

March 15, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

This letter, dated March 15, is a follow up to the Nebo District letter dated March 13, and other letters that have been sent from your child’s school.  It is intended to provide clarification regarding some general questions that have been circulating.  Please help us to ensure that all parents, guardians, grandparents, or caregivers who provide student support are aware of this information.

NEBO SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DISMISS SCHOOLS -- Repeat                 

As directed by the State of Utah, all public schools in Utah will dismiss beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, for two weeks in response to COVID-19. This is a proactive measure.

CONTINUED “AT-HOME” LEARNING -- Repeat

“Soft closure” or school “dismissal” means that Nebo employees will continue to provide learning for students through online instruction and/or educational packets to continue student learning. Further communication about devices and materials will come from your school.

Educators in Nebo School District will be working on March 16-17 to prepare online materials and/or packets and we anticipate instruction will begin Wednesday, March 18.  Please watch for specific information from your child’s school and teacher(s).

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate through these unprecedented educational times.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

MEALS FOR STUDENTS

Updated March 15 – Students can go to any school in the District to pick up meals beginning Monday, March 16.

In order to provide our Nebo students with “Grab and Go” meals, breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase at normal prices. Free/reduced meals are available for those who qualify.  Breakfast may be picked up between 8:00-9:00 a.m. and does not need to be pre-ordered.  Lunch may be picked up between 11:00-12:00 and should be pre-ordered each day using the phone number and order deadline provided by the individual school. 

CHILD CARE NOT PROVIDED

Clarification from the Governor’s Office:  At Friday’s news conference, “Gov. Gary R. Herbert mentioned that during public school’s two-week dismissal, parents who are unable to be home with children will have the option to bring them to school to be supervised by teachers. This is not the case

“School campuses will remain open for the next two weeks so students can retrieve personal items or pick up assignments from their instructors. Some instructors may be available for brief one-on-one tutoring or to help answer student questions about their assignments. It is important to note that schools will not provide childcare of any kind.” (see www.nebo.edu for full official statement)

STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL

Other than for picking up “grab and go” meals, students can be at the school by invitation only.  If they need to come and pick up items from the classroom, desk, or locker, they should contact the school to make arrangements.  Any individual tutoring or small group instruction plans will be coordinated by the school. 

STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL – PART 2

Parents always have the right to determine that their child should not come to the school, even if invited for specific services or instruction.  As always, students and others should refrain from coming to the school if they are sick or have been in direct contact with those who are sick with the virus.

BUSES

At this time a limited number of buses may be seen driving in your communities.  These buses are on specific assignments and are not for the general student population.  Please don’t mistake the presence of buses as a signal that schools are in session.

ACTIVITIES

There will be no extracurricular activities, practices, games, or performances during these two weeks (see www.nebo.edu for official statement).

QUICK FACTS -- Repeat

  • Information is changing almost daily.  For the most current and accurate Nebo District information and communication, contact your local school and/or check the Nebo District website at www.nebo.edu.
  • The school proactive dismissal for two weeks is meant to support social distancing and self-isolation to reduce the reach and spread of this virus.
  • COVID-19 has rapidly changing dynamics and the school district administrative team is working with local health authorities to monitor the situation on a daily basis. 
  • The Utah Health Department COVID-19 Hotline can be accessed at 1-800-456-7707. You can also receive Utah County Health updates by texting “UCHEALTH” to 888777 or the Utah County COVID-19 Helpline at 801-851-HELP (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).            

Updated Information Regarding School Closure

Submitted by bonnie.beckstead on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 13:17
Attributions: 
Lana Hiskey

March 15, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

This letter, dated March 15, is a follow up to the Nebo District letter dated March 13, and other letters that have been sent from your child’s school.  It is intended to provide clarification regarding some general questions that have been circulating.  Please help us to ensure that all parents, guardians, grandparents, or caregivers who provide student support are aware of this information.

NEBO SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DISMISS SCHOOLS -- Repeat                 

As directed by the State of Utah, all public schools in Utah will dismiss beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, for two weeks in response to COVID-19. This is a proactive measure.

CONTINUED “AT-HOME” LEARNING -- Repeat

“Soft closure” or school “dismissal” means that Nebo employees will continue to provide learning for students through online instruction and/or educational packets to continue student learning. Further communication about devices and materials will come from your school.

Educators in Nebo School District will be working on March 16-17 to prepare online materials and/or packets and we anticipate instruction will begin Wednesday, March 18.  Please watch for specific information from your child’s school and teacher(s).

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate through these unprecedented educational times.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

MEALS FOR STUDENTS

Updated March 15 – Students can go to any school in the District to pick up meals beginning Monday, March 16.

In order to provide our Nebo students with “Grab and Go” meals, breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase at normal prices. Free/reduced meals are available for those who qualify.  Breakfast may be picked up between 8:00-9:00 a.m. and does not need to be pre-ordered.  Lunch may be picked up between 11:00-12:00 and should be pre-ordered each day using the phone number and order deadline provided by the individual school. 

CHILD CARE NOT PROVIDED 

Clarification from the Governor’s Office:  At Friday’s news conference, “Gov. Gary R. Herbert mentioned that during public school’s two-week dismissal, parents who are unable to be home with children will have the option to bring them to school to be supervised by teachers. This is not the case.  

“School campuses will remain open for the next two weeks so students can retrieve personal items or pick up assignments from their instructors. Some instructors may be available for brief one-on-one tutoring or to help answer student questions about their assignments. It is important to note that schools will not provide childcare of any kind.” (see www.nebo.edu for full official statement)

STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL 

Other than for picking up “grab and go” meals, students can be at the school by invitation only.  If they need to come and pick up items from the classroom, desk, or locker, they should contact the school to make arrangements.  Any individual tutoring or small group instruction plans will be coordinated by the school. 

STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL – PART 2 

Parents always have the right to determine that their child should not come to the school, even if invited for specific services or instruction.  As always, students and others should refrain from coming to the school if they are sick or have been in direct contact with those who are sick with the virus. 

BUSES 

At this time a limited number of buses may be seen driving in your communities.  These buses are on specific assignments and are not for the general student population.  Please don’t mistake the presence of buses as a signal that schools are in session.

ACTIVITIES

There will be no extracurricular activities, practices, games, or performances during these two weeks (see www.nebo.edu for official statement).

QUICK FACTS -- Repeat

  • Information is changing almost daily.  For the most current and accurate Nebo District information and communication, contact your local school and/or check the Nebo District website at www.nebo.edu.
  • The school proactive dismissal for two weeks is meant to support social distancing and self-isolation to reduce the reach and spread of this virus.
  • COVID-19 has rapidly changing dynamics and the school district administrative team is working with local health authorities to monitor the situation on a daily basis. 
  • The Utah Health Department COVID-19 Hotline can be accessed at 1-800-456-7707. You can also receive Utah County Health updates by texting “UCHEALTH” to 888777 or the Utah County COVID-19 Helpline at 801-851-HELP (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).         

NEBO SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DISMISS SCHOOLS

Submitted by bonnie.beckstead on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 18:37
Attributions: 
Lana Hiskey

March 13, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

NEBO SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DISMISS SCHOOLS

As directed by the State of Utah, all public schools in Utah will dismiss beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, for two weeks in response to COVID-19. This is a proactive measure.

CONTINUED LEARNING
School “dismissal” means that Nebo employees will continue to be in the schools providing learning for students through online instruction and/or educational packets to continue student learning. Further communication about devices and materials will come from your school.

Educators in Nebo School District are working on plans to extend learning at home through online learning opportunities. The first of next week, teachers will be preparing online materials, and we anticipate instruction will begin Wednesday, March 18. 

More information will be made available to explain the details of the online platform as teachers use this time to prepare. Please watch for specific information from your child’s school and teacher(s).

MEALS FOR STUDENTS
In order to provide our Nebo students with “Grab and Go” meals, breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase at normal prices. Free/reduced meals are available for those who qualify.

QUICK FACTS
• The school proactive dismissal for two weeks is meant to support social distancing and self-isolation to reduce the reach and spread of this virus. There will be no athletic or extracurricular practices or games during these two weeks.

• COVID-19 has rapidly changing dynamics and the school district administrative team is working with local health authorities to monitor the situation on a daily basis.

• Nebo will continue to publish updates at www.nebo.edu.

• For further communication and specifics, contact your local school.

• The Utah Health Department COVID-19 Hotline can be accessed at 1-800-456-7707. You can also receive Utah County Health updates by texting “UCHEALTH” to 888777 or the Utah County COVID-19 Helpline at 801-851-HELP (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

  

Educators Rising Competition

Submitted by bonnie.beckstead on Mon, 03/09/2020 - 10:28
Attributions: 
Whitney Carter

Students at Spanish Fork High and Advanced Learning Center attended our Educators Rising Competition this past Wednesday, March 4th for students that want to become teachers. The following students placed at the competition in their categories.
-Ashlyn Losee (2nd)
-Katelyn Beckstead (2nd)
-Amber Duchateau (3rd)
Many more students worked really hard and did really well at the competition. We are excited these students are aspiring to become educators for their future careers.

Mini Parent/Student/Teacher Conference May 9

Submitted by jolynn.ford on Sun, 03/08/2020 - 17:06
Attributions: 

May 9th is the mini parent/student/teacher conference time from 1:45-3:30pm. Double Detention creidt is offered to students who go to their teachers' rooms for academic support. Also, parents are encouraged to come and meet with their child's teachers in the teachers' rooms.

CTE Expo Coming Soon!

Submitted by bonnie.beckstead on Thu, 03/05/2020 - 08:37
Attributions: 
Kelly Seale

The CTE Expo is coming, and we want you to be a part of it! The CTE Expo will be held on May 14th from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds. Admission is free to all Nebo students and family members.  Plan a for a night out with your family and enjoy fun activities, food, student competitions, student showcases, and much more! Competitive Events: Do you think you're the next Big Shot Entrepreneur? Do you have mad digital graphics arts skills that are ready to be tested? Sign up as a competitor in our Big Shot or Print Ad competitions for BIG cash prizes!

 

Good Luck Max Colton!

Submitted by bonnie.beckstead on Wed, 03/04/2020 - 07:54

Max Colton made it to the final round of State Science Sterling Scholars. He had his final interview process last Thursday, and we are hoping it can be the #1 science scholar for the state. He is an extraordinary young man who understands and uses science thinking and processes.

Jesse Shepherd wins Best of Show at Nebo District Science Fair

Submitted by bonnie.beckstead on Tue, 03/03/2020 - 14:22
Attributions: 
Brad Warren

Jesse Shepherd received the Best of Show at the Nebo District Science Fair. He is taking his project forward to the BYU science/engineering fair to compete with the best science projects from the state. He is taking science to an applicable level. He is going to be published with a science journal and the veterinarian society for his work, and has already won many awards and scholarships for his future. A synopsis of Jesse's project is described here: In the research project “A Comparative Analysis of Various Means of Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay Tests for Avian Paramyxovirus-Newcastle Disease Virus,” Jesse desired to answer the question of, “Is there another way to test poultry for the Newcastle Disease Virus besides venipuncture and drawing blood?” Venipuncture is an invasive method for testing which dissatisfies animal rights activists. In addition, it is a very difficult practice, one that requires extensive certification. Many farmers are unable to draw blood from their poultry, requiring that a poultry farmer draw the blood instead. NDV causes death of 100% of the poultry flock in three days, therefore it is crucial for a farmer to know quickly if his flock is infected. Jesse decided he wanted to test the egg yolks from the birds, a practice never before attempted, because of the high amount of maternal antibodies. He redesigned the current testing methods for blood to be able to test the egg yolks and conducted the test. With over 360 data points to back him up, Jesse was able to successfully design a test for the egg yolks where the data points from both the blood and egg yolks were nearly identical. He was able to conclude that egg yolks can be used to test for several infectious diseases in poultry, making it more cost efficient, less labor intensive, and more easily accessible to every farmer. The research will soon be published by a science journal in association with two world renowned veterinarians.  

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