Oct. 29 Update
Oct. 29, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians of NSD Students,
This is the final weekly update for October. It’s hard to believe the year has moved along so quickly. We’ve seen some wonderful progress in learning and together we’ve addressed some tough challenges. Today I’d like to share with you some challenges, accomplishments and reminders.
First, don’t forget that our Board of Trustees approved a change to our calendar last week. Friday, Oct. 30, will be a school day for all grades. Our Gold/Y cohort will attend in person, while our Blue/X students work from home. Monday, Nov. 2, will be a non-school day, allowing our secondary teachers some professional development opportunities, and our elementary teachers an end-of-trimester work day.
We also want to let you know that sadly, our lunch service counts have dropped dramatically this year. As a result, this week we had to make the tough decision to lay off several nutrition services staff members. We hope that this will be a temporary move and we will be able to reverse this action sooner than later. We do have a current need for paraprofessionals and substitute teachers and hope we can keep some of these individuals on in a different capacity.
Due to a large number of staff out due to illness/quarantine (21 percent), South Middle School was temporarily returned to fully virtual instruction today. We plan to return the school to a hybrid schedule on Monday, Nov. 9. We continue to monitor the number of positive COVID cases among our staff and students, as well as the number of those in quarantine. You can find this data on our webpage at Nampa.School/Dashboard.
Southwest District Health kept Canyon County in the Orange category. We will remain on a hybrid schedule for now. We are actively meeting with SWDH, community physicians and health organizations to consider appropriate adjustments in response to the Stage 3 category announced by Governor Little this week.
Congratulations to two of our girls’ athletic teams. Skyview High School’s volleyball team claimed its 10th straight district championship last week and head to state today. Go Hawks! And our Columbia High School girls’ soccer team took third in state competition, bringing home first place in sportsmanship. Congrats Wildcats! Good luck to our other athletic teams as they participate in state competitions this week.
If you choose to celebrate Halloween this week, be safe. Remember to physically distance, wear a mask (easy to do at Halloween) and wash your hands! Let’s keep COVID out of our schools!
Finally, don’t forget to set your clock back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night. Enjoy your extra hour. We can’t wait to see you, rested and relaxed, on Nov. 3.
Dr. Paula Kellerer
Nampa School District