As you probably have heard, Governor Ricketts announced that, beginning June 1, schools may open weight rooms and fields. The South Central Unified School District #5 remains concerned about the health and safety of all students and staff members. As a result, a parent or guardian who wishes to allow his or her child to use the weight room must sign a form acknowledging the risks associated with the use of the weight room. Students must follow all social distancing and safety requirements. While the SCNUSD #5 endeavors to keep District property safe and clean, there is no guarantee that any surface, equipment or atmosphere is free from any germs, virus or other condition, and any person who voluntarily chooses to use the weight room or fields does so at his or her own risk.
Distinction Honor Roll: A student must achieve an average for the grade reporting period of 4.0
Honor Roll: A student must achieve an average for the grade-reporting period of at least 3.5 and receive no grade of C or below.
Honorable Mention: A student must achieve an average for the grade-reporting period of at least 3.0 and receive no grade of D or below.
All students selected across the state for this honor can be found at: https://nsaa-static.s3.amazonaws.com/awards/20winter.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1fWn0JCM8y-mRzg4zuqx2BV2DVqVne8_i3O9YMMoxVNug_uGYtiTBl95Q.
DATE: April 9, 2020
TO: SCNUSD #5 Patrons, Staff & Students
FROM: Mrs. Julie Otero, Superintendent
SUBJECT: Latest Announcements in our District Related to COVID19 (4.9.20)
The most recent COVID19 Guidelines from Governor Ricketts include a Directive Health Measure wherein we will not return to the building during the 2019-2020 school year.
Graduation. This is scheduled for August 1st, 2020, at 1 PM at SC and 4 PM at LN. Awards will be given at graduation that would have been presented to the seniors at their Awards Night assembly. If the traditional graduation cannot be held at this time, a virtual graduation will be held in its place on August 1st.
Seniors’ Last Day. The seniors’ last day will continue to be Wednesday, May 6th.
MS/HS Awards Night. The Awards Night assembly for grades 6 - 11 will happen in the fall.
Prom. Unfortunately, because Prom will not be able to be held during the school year, there will be no high school-sponsored Prom.
MS/HS Third Quarter Grades. These will be stored as a percent and letter grade, and will be factored into high school GPAs, used to determine future valedictorian and salutatorian. Students will be awarded 50 percent credit (i.e. 2.5 credits for a 5.0 credit class, or 1.25 credits for a 2.5 credit class for the semester) for passing grades in the third quarter. Students have until Friday, April 17th to make up missing work from the third quarter. Third quarter grades will be stored permanently on Monday, April 20th.
MS/HS Fourth Quarter Grades. Middle and high school students will earn either a “Pass” or “No Pass” grade for the fourth quarter. Passing would result in earning the 2.5 credits per class for a 5.0 credit class for the quarter, which could be credits needed for high school (i.e., required core classes or meeting elective requirements).
Elementary Grades. Kindergarten and 1st grade have a standards-based rubric on their report cards. The K and 1st grades’ third quarter grades will be moved to the fourth quarter, and if a specific skill has been mastered and it has been documented during the fourth quarter, it will be noted. Second through fifth grades will be awarded with a “S” for Satisfactory or “NS” for Not Satisfactory, dependent upon if the work has, or has not been, completed for classes as assigned.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian for 2020. Valedictorian and salutatorian will be determined at the conclusion of the third quarter, when final grade percentages will be taken for the Class of 2020.
Credit Recovery. High school students missing credits needed for their specific grade level will be assigned to an online credit recovery course(s) beginning on Tuesday, May 19th, and continuing through June 25th, 2020, or until the credits are finished (students may finish early). This includes seniors who have not earned the necessary credits to graduate with a high school diploma.
Preschool and Elementary Summer School. At this time, we will still plan to have summer school, but the date may need to be postponed, depending on what health directive we are given prior to that time.
Final Grades. Final grades for the fourth quarter (and semester two) will continue to be due by Monday, May 18th.
CCC Classes. Students not finishing their CCC college credits have until Friday, April 24th, 2020, to withdraw from a spring semester course. Withdrawal would result in repayment to the district of $300, and there will be no high school or college credit granted. Students who choose to withdraw from a course will receive a grade of “W,” which does not affect their GPA. A “W” does not count toward a degree nor does it transfer to another institution. The student would also still be responsible for the tuition, if they have not paid. Withdrawal must be done through the high school guidance counselors through a drop/add form: Mrs. Porter at email@example.com or Mrs. Bettasso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incomplete Grade Contracts: Any class not completed for the spring semester, may take an incomplete BUT all work must be completed by Friday, August 7.
Final Grade Deadline for the Spring Semester: This will vary. If you know the end date of your course, the final grades are due two business days later. Classes with an end date of Friday, May 8, will have final grades due by 5 PM on Tuesday, May 12. Classes with an end date of Wednesday, May 13, final grades will be due by 5 PM on Tuesday, May 19. Please note these dates are specific to CCC classes.
Letter Grades vs. Pass/Fail or No Credit: Even if your high school has decided to go to Pass/Fail for the final high school grade, all CCC courses will be graded with letter grades per the CCC grade scale and entered into Moodle. This is required to avoid any possible transfer issues. Please reach out to your local ELS office if you have questions about this requirement.
Available Student Resources: CCC has the following student resources available at this link https://www.cccneb.edu/ecstudentresources
Students Who Have Elected NOT to do Any Work for Fourth Quarter & Have A School-Issued Electronic Device. If students are choosing not to complete assignments electronically and have been provided with a device, administration is asking the student/guardian to turn in the device so that packets can be put together by Friday, April 17th, 2020. Packet delivery will occur on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, and will be picked up on or around the due date listed.
Elementary Field Day and Awards Ceremony. The ceremony honoring our elementary students and the elementary track and field day will be held this fall.
Summer Custodial Work. Custodians will begin deep cleaning the rooms in the next two weeks. Because of the extended time for cleaning, no additional summer custodians will be hired. Staff are being asked to have their rooms/areas ready for typical summer cleaning no later than April 20, 2020.
NCAPS Presentations. Juniors and seniors are being asked to upload their NCAPS presentations by April 29th. Requirements of the presentation are linked here: https://bit.ly/NCAPS2020.
End of Year Deadlines & Technology Device Pick-up Dates. All student iPads, computers, chargers, laptop bags, textbooks and other materials owned by the school need to be turned back in prior to the semester ending. Because work will need to be completed prior to this, we have established the following deadlines:
Fri., May 8th (or a date determined by each site): Seniors will need to turn in all items belonging to the school, including all technology items, textbooks, jerseys, etc.
Wed., May 13th at 4 PM: All fourth quarter work must be completed by K-12 students.
Thu., May 14th, 8 AM - 6 PM: All technology devices, textbooks & other school materials need to be returned to the specific school site at your assigned time (TBD).
Fri., May 15th: Teacher Work Day to complete grading for fourth quarter.
Mon., May 18th by 12 PM: All grades must be completed by teachers for the fourth quarter.
Parents are reminded to please check on your child’s progress of work on PowerSchool through the portal at https://southcentral.powerschool.com/guardian/home.html. If you are having problems accessing the account, please select “forgot username” or “forgot password” to access the account. If that does not work, please call your site secretaries at:
Sandy Creek: 402-726-2151
Lawrence AND Nelson sites: 402-225-3371, ext. 6100