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March 23, 2020
Like you, we are just learning that Governor Gary R. Herbert, State Superintendent Syd Dickson, and the Utah State Board of Education “announced today that Utah’s K-12 public schools will extend their dismissal [soft closure] through Friday, May 1st.” Their press release further stated that they will “continue to evaluate the situation to make a determination about the remaining school year” and that:
Gov. Herbert expressed his appreciation to the educators throughout our state who have quickly adapted their instruction to remote learning platforms.
“These are unprecedented times in Utah’s and our nation’s history,” the governor said, “I have been overwhelmed with Utahns’ outpouring of support for one another, and nowhere has this been more evident than in the way our educators are supporting Utah students and families.”
Distance learning will continue during the extended dismissal for all K-12 public schools, where feasible…
“We recognize that being away from school creates additional work and stress for everyone in our communities; however, it is a necessary step in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” said State Superintendent Sydnee Dickson. “During the uncertainties of the coming weeks, it is more important than ever to remain socially connected with our students and families while doing our best to ensure learning continues. The flexibility and initiative of our educators is a shining example of how we rise together in challenging circumstances.”
Meal services at K-12 public schools will also continue on an as-needed basis.
Nebo School District teachers and staff remain committed to providing the learning structure and support that students and parents will require during these challenging times. Our talented and dedicated professionals are so thankful to you students and parents for your tremendous efforts regarding at-home schooling. Please remain in communication with your child’s teachers and contact the school with questions and concerns.
We are so grateful to live in amazing communities that rally around each other in difficult circumstances and are proud to be your partners in helping your children have academic and social/emotional success.
Community Relations Administrator
The U.S. Census Bureau has embarked on a nationwide effort to inform everyone living in the United States and five of its territories about the upcoming 2020 Census and to encourage them to respond online, by phone, or by mail.
Everyone counts. The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right places.
It’s about fair representation. Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
It’s in the constitution. The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790.
It’s about $675 billion. The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
The 2020 Census count impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, students, and younger children, such as:
- Special education,
- Head Start,
- After-school programs, and
- Classroom technology.
- Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches.
- Maternal and child health programs.
Newborn babies and children under 5 are often missed in the census, with consequences that can impact nearly their entire childhood.
For more information, go to: 2020Census.gov.
United States Census 2020 is also looking for Census Takers. You can apply online at: 2020CENSUS.GOV/jobs. You can make extra income, have flexible hours, weekly pay, and receive paid training.
March 13, 2020
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.
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.
• 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.).
Congratulations to Renik Carman for receiving the Mayor's Award in March. Here is what his teachers had to say about him. COngratulations! We are lucky to have you here at PJHS. Renik is kind to all the students in his class, including those who are sometimes hard to get along with. He is an exemplary student, has a good attitude, and is always so helpful to his classmates. During remediation time, when he is caught up, he chooses to help other students with their work instead of any fun activity he could be doing! He loves to sit next to kids who struggle academically so he can explain things to them as we go, but he still gets all of his work done and asks questions when he doesn't understand. I would love to have many more kids like Renik in my classes! Renik is a hard worker in class and a really outgoing and fun person to be around. Renik is a fantastic student and an even better human being. I've never seen him show anything but respect to the people around him. He's kind, works hard, and cares about others. He has a great sense of humor and carries such a positive vibe all the time. I'm so thankful I've had the opportunity to teach Renik for the last two years. He's gonna do great things!
We are so excited to celebrate our February Students of the Month!
Banin Lee- Banin is always prepared and on task in Art! He is there ready to work and be his best creative self! He is respectful and kind to the people around him! AWESOME Student! He is a fantastic student. He works hard, has a great attitude, and is a good example to all of the students around him. He makes every classroom a better place.Zandile Kauro- Zandi is a joy to have in class. She is positive, friendly, works hard and always participates with enthusiasm. She is so kind to all around her and is always willing to help out! She seeks to learn and listen while keeping an eye out for others who may feel left out. Zandi is one of the best!!Alakea Petersen- Alakea is a very brave, smart and kind student. She is one of two girls in my Exploring Technology class with 30 boys. She holds her own and is an example of hard work and smart intellect in my class. She has excelled in my class and has been willing to lead her table in various activities and kindly help those who struggle with assignments. Her parents have raised a very responsible and kind daughter.Jace Hooley-Jace Hooley is an excellent worker! He did a wonderful job on our last essay and really helped his classmates with theirs. He is always on time and he works hard in class. Jace is a phenomenal student with a lot of great qualities. He obviously does really well in school. He has a great work ethic and he shows that school is very important to him. He participates in class and knows so much about the content we discuss in class. He will be a good teacher someday. He also is respected and liked by his peers. Hayden Jacobson- I have found Hayden Jacobson to be a quiet powerhouse of a student. Though quiet and always respectful, Hayden is a deep thinker, excellent student, powerful friend and role model to his peers. Recently at our school science fair, Hayden presented an awesome project on Kombucha. His efforts earned him first place in the Biology & Biochemistry category and an invitation to present his project at the Nebo School District science fair on February 19th in Springville. I am honored to have the opportunity to nominate Hayden Jacobson as a student of the month.Alli Blake- Alli is a great student! She comes to class happy and ready to work every day. Her positive attitude, great work ethic, and growth mindset is what makes her so successful in everything she does. She is a wonderful student. She always goes above and beyond in her work, and tries her best to succeed. More importantly, Alli is a phenomenal human being-one that spreads kindness and positivity wherever she goes. She actively looks for those that need help and tries to uplift her peers. She is creative and artistic and kind and sweet and all things wonderful. Our school and our world are better places because Alli Blake is here!