As we return to school, the safety of your son is of the utmost importance. Here’s what we’re doing to keep your students safe and healthy.
Health & Safety Protocols
NorthStar will continue to enforce the protocols we have in place to ensure our students remain safe and healthy while attending NorthStar which include:
- Mask mandates while indoors
- Spacing staff and students as best as possible
- Limiting the number of students in groups during programming
- Frequent hand-washing and consistent availability of hand sanitizer
COVID Protocol Changes
We will no longer be requiring students to take their temperature before entering the building. They will still be available for anyone to check their temperature, but will not be required. In-line with schools, we ask that you self-assess your student before sending them to NorthStar for any event using the following questions:
- Has your child experienced one or more of the following symptoms: a new cough, new onset of shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell OR two or more of the following symptoms: fever 100.4 or above, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue in the last 24 hours?
- Is your child waiting for a Covid-19 test result?
- Has anyone in your household been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 14 days?
Additionally, if there has been a possible exposure, NorthStar is following up with individuals, contract tracing, and following CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantining if necessary.
For questions on our health and safety protocols, please contact Taylor Wentz, Safety Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 402-614-6360 ext. 204.
Daytime and After-School Hours
NorthStar will expand its out-of-school time services during the Fall 2020 semester. With the completion of the new South Wing, which opened in August, NorthStar added 17,000 sq. ft. of classroom space to its facility footprint, significantly increasing our capacity to serve students within the highest levels of safety and physical distancing.
OPS FAMILY 3/2 PLAN OVERVIEW: On October 5th for elementary and middle school students and October 19th for high school students, OPS will begin alternating in-person and remote learning. Students with last names A-K will attend school in person Mondays and Tuesdays. Students with last names L-Z will attend school in person Thursdays and Fridays. Groups alternate in-person and remote learning every other Wednesday.
NorthStar will continue to provide full-day and after-school programming as OPS implements its Family 3/2 Attendance model.
DAYTIME EXTENDED LEARNING PROGRAM: NorthStar is open for daytime student services between 7:15 A.M. and 2:45 P.M. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Middle and high school students must arrive before 8:00 A.M. when classes for 6th-12th grade students begin. Elementary students must arrive no later than 8:30 A.M. to be ready for the start of 3rd-5th grade classes at 8:50 A.M.
Students who engage in remote learning at NorthStar will have on-site academic support, healthy meals and snacks, as well as recreation time during planned breaks. Students must be picked up at 2:45 P.M.
TRADITIONAL AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM: NorthStar is open for after-school programming for 3rd-8th grade students from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There is no after-school programming on Fridays.
Dinner will be served in partnership with Food Bank for the Heartland. Students who attend the Daytime Extended Learning Program may not attend the After-School Program on the same day. They may attend the After-School Program on days they are in school.
Gift Cards for Attendance
To maximize our impact on the academic trajectory of students, boys will be expected to attend consistently for the days they are enrolled.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Nebraska Community CARES Act Program, NorthStar wants to thank and reward your students for being here. Beginning October 1st, parents or guardians of students in 3rd to 8th grade who attend 70% of eligible NorthStar programming days in the Fall 2020 semester will receive a $50 Walmart gift card at the end of each month. Gift cards will be distributed on Friday, October 30; Monday, November 30; and Friday, December 11.
High school students will also have a change to earn a gift card for attendance. Since we work to treat our high school students with more independence, they will receive the gift card directly.
Please contact Rose Roeder, our Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator, at email@example.com for more information.
Technology Access and Emergency Supports
NorthStar has acquired 150 iPads to support students completing schoolwork while they are out of the classroom. While OPS will phase in a one-to-one technology initiative this fall, first quarter students may need access to tablet computers and WiFi outside of the school building. NorthStar has the technology onsite for students to access daily in connecting to e-learning platforms. Parochial school students who may not have school-issued technology will have access any time they are onsite.
The far-reaching impacts of COVID-19 have affected NorthStar families in different ways. If your family is experiencing financial hardships, we have resources available to support you and your students as our community navigates this disrupted school year, including food assistance and mental/emotional health supports. Please contact Rose Roeder, our Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Parents and families can expect to receive communication from NorthStar through several platforms.
- Parents will receive text/email communications through Track CC (atuomatically enrolled with contact information included with the student’s registration).
- NorthStar’s Facebook and Twitter accounts will share regular updates for families and the general public.
- The NorthStar website is the home for more timely, lengthy information on programming, enrollment, and safety protocols related to COVID-19 mitigation.
- The Team Snap app will be used for communication on athletic activities.