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FAQ'S relating to COVID 19
Jamie Isom
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Valentine Community Schools FAQ’S relating to COVID 19

In an effort to be as transparent as possible about school closure during the COVID 19 pandemic and the details surrounding that, we are posting frequently asked questions (FAQ'S) and answers in an effort to help keep everyone informed.   Please feel free to contact the school with questions. 

  • When will school resume? 
    • School will resume when we have guidance that directs us that way.  This is a very fluid thing and the status will be reviewed on a regular basis. When changes happen, that will be shared via the school’s messaging system and the district website and social media.  We rely on guidance from the North Central District Health Department and the Nebraska Department of Education. https://www.education.ne.gov/
  • Will students have to go to school longer or make up days?
    • Indications for now are that there will be some leniency with instructional hours, but we don’t know that for a fact.  For now, it would be prudent to plan for some additional days but it is too early to know for sure.
  • What about things like Prom, Graduation, and Valentine Track meet?
    • If school is in session, these things will more than likely be held.  However, we have started to think about changing dates or adjusting to provide things in a different way.
  • Will learning materials be available for my student?  If so, where and how?
    • Yes, learning materials will be available.  Teachers have been working to make things available and if they aren’t already available to you, they should be very soon.  A link will be available on the VCS website https://www.valentinecommunityschools.org/  to help direct you to online information and further details about how to access the learning materials.  Materials will be available both online and in paper pencil format depending on grade level.  More information will be coming from your child’s school.
  • Will meals be available?
    • Yes.  Plans are underway to make a sack lunch type meal available to students.  This will be based on the model of the summer feeding program that has been in place in the district for the past couple of summers.  Guidelines are meals are available for children ages 1 – 18 at no cost and adults may purchase a meal at adult cost.  More details about the specifics will follow as that is finalized.
  • What about activities?
    • The NSAA has suspended all practices and activities for the immediate time frame. 
  • How do we know if there are confirmed cases of COVID 19 in the community or at school?
    • That information will be available through the North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) and their website is https://ncdhdne.wordpress.com/ .  This information will also be shared through local media. 

Things will be added to this list as changes are made and things continue to develop.  Don’t forget to wash your hands, limit touching your face, and stay home as much as possible.  Take care of yourselves and each other.