March 24, 2020
Dear Winnebago Public Schools Community:
I am writing to you because we value the health and well-being of our students, staff and families. We work throughout the year to promote healthy schools. Safety is always our priority.
Today the Winnebago Public Schools Board of Education voted to approve the closure of school through Friday, April 17, 2020. They will review the situation on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 and make an informed decision regarding the extension of the closure. The decision was based on the recommendation from the Commissioner of the Nebraska Department Education, Public Health Agencies and The Governor. Winnebago Public Schools will continue to provide breakfast and lunches for our students. Enrichment and reinforcement activities will also be available during this time. New information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic will be shared as it arises.
Dan Fehringer, Superintendent
March 20, 2020
Due to the governor’s order that schools be closed by this Friday and
re-evaluating every two weeks Winnebago Public Schools will be closed
at least through April 3. Watch for future updates regarding school
March 16, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,
After careful consideration and meeting with state, area, and local leaders, Winnebago Public Schools has made the difficult, yet informed decision, to cancel school and all school activities through Friday, March 27. At that time, we will reevaluate the situation and determine our next steps.
During this school closure, Winnebago Public Schools will continue to work to provide services for our students:
We will provide breakfast and lunch for students.
Breakfast will be made available via curbside pickup from 8-9 daily. If you would like breakfast delivered on a daily basis, please notify the school receptionist at 402-878-2224.
If you would like your child(ren) to receive school lunch, please notify the school receptionist no later than 8:30 a.m. each day. Lunch will be provided via curbside pickup or home delivery from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. daily.
Packets of review and enrichment activities will be available for all students to assist with keeping them cognitively engaged during their absence from school. These packets will be available by Thursday, March 19 for 7-12 students, and will be delivered to homes. Packets for K-6 students will be sent home with the students today or can be delivered to the home upon request. In addition, a list of educational websites will be available on the school website: winnebagopublicschools.org
It is important to remember to practice social distancing in an attempt to slow the progress of the Covid-19 virus. It is highly recommended that children remain at home and out of public places as much as possible.
We are aware that this temporary closure does provide some challenging situations regarding childcare for some families. However, when considering the health of our most vulnerable community members – elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems (asthma, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) – we believe it is better to error on the side of caution.
We will continue to provide regular updates and keep the community informed.
Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to work together.
Dan Fehringer, Superintendent