Where to start with COVID-19????
We have spent many many hours in webinars and listening to Governor Rickets, President Trump, the Center for Disease Control, Richardson County Emergency Management, Commissioner Blomstedt, and Southeast Nebraska Health Department learning about the Corona virus (COVID-19). It has been a huge learning curve for us and has not been stress-free for sure. Our district committee consists of Neal Kanel, Rock Herr, Scott Ogle, Sherri Edmundson, Lisa Othmer, Kari Lottman, Laura Leech and Brittany Rogers.
After listening to the Governor and Commissioner, we made the decision to close HTRS effective March 17th with plans to return on April 1st. Please know that we are evaluating and monitoring this situation almost hourly or so it seems. We are hopeful that this will come to a swift end and that our students will be back in school very soon!
In a matter of days, things changed very quickly. On March 17th, 2020 Governor Ricketts with the support of the Nebraska Department of Education asked all Nebraska schools to make arrangements to close their doors no later than Friday, March 20th. Schools were asked to develop alternative learning plans for students which our amazing HTRS staff accomplished on Wednesday, March 18th. On March 19th, students were allowed back in the building to check out laptops and pick up their learning packets. HTRS will deliver packets to the students that were unable to come in on Thursday.
The NSAA has made the decision at this time to suspend all sports practices through March 31st and all activities through April 2nd. Hopefully, we will be able to continue with speech, track and golf as soon as possible.
With funds from the Federal Food Service programs, we are able to serve a sack lunch/breakfast to all families that want to participate. We ask that you please call Lanette at 402-862-2151 to reserve one. HTRS is asking that you commit to these lunches until we are back in session. If you don’t want one on a particular day please call and cancel to avoid food waste. There will be a drop-off point in each of our communities as follows between 11:30 and 12:00 noon: Humboldt – back door by kitchen, Table Rock – park, Dawson – park, Verdon – post office, Stella – post office, Shubert – post office, Elk Creek – post office, Nemaha – Christian Church. This same delivery will include Back Packs on Mondays.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank the community members that have volunteered to help us in any way that they can. This generous offer speaks to the kind of people that we are lucky to have to support us even when they might not have students that attend school. Please understand that we truly have the best interests of our students at heart and that all decisions were made thoughtfully with them in mind. We have to ensure that those decisions are best practice in protecting the health of our students, our staff and our community.
By Mrs. Edmundson, Mrs. Othmer and Mrs. Lottman