Knightly News

An Update from the Superintendent's Office - October 2021

We are one week away from the end of our 1st quarter. It is a busy time of year with many activities and events taking place and very few breaks in the school calendar. With that, we often see students overly tired and coming down with illnesses as they are quite simply exhausted. Often times, our staff and even parents feel the same way. Any encouragement you can give to your children to stay positive, eat healthy, and get a good night of sleep on a consistent basis will benefit them during these busy times. We appreciate your continued support and encouragement and look forward to another great quarter here at Oakland-Craig!

Sportsmanship and Officials

The NSAA recently shared that there will be a shortage of officials next year as many people simply don't want to officiate in unpleasant conditions with fans often exhibiting a lack of sportsmanship. I personally feel that Oakland-Craig is a great place to officiate, with successful programs and a strong level of community pride. With that pride, though, comes emotion, sometimes directed at officials. For the most part, I feel our spectators and fans have done a nice job of being positive but there is always room for improvement.

Officiating any activity is not an easy task and mistakes are bound to happen. I ask that when officials make mistakes or miss a call, please keep any negative comments to yourself and give the same respect you would want to the officials. I myself can get caught up in the game and let my emotions get the best of me so I am certainly not judging but am simply asking that as fans and spectators of Oakland-Craig athletes and performers, we represent our district well. I am proud to be an OC Knight and am excited to see how we come together as a community to support our student athletes and performers in a positive and respectful way. Go Knights!

Health Standards

There has been some discussion over the last several months around the state's proposed health standards. The Nebraska Board of Education has agreed to table any approval of the health standards until the conclusion of the pandemic. At that time they may decide to move forward or discontinue approval all together. Regardless of their decision, we are not required to adopt the state's health standards and can choose to develop our own. We will continue to monitor the state's guidance and will determine the best plan of action at a later time but have no intention of teaching some of the controversial items listed in the drafted health standards.

Football Field Bleachers

The Board of Education and administration would like to thank all of the volunteers that helped install the new aluminum planks on the bleachers at the football field. The project is complete but took a great deal of time and effort that wouldn't have been possible without our generous volunteers. I'd like to extend a special thank you to the Lion's Club, Brett Johnson, Tim Magnusson, and Marc Rexroad for their countless hours spent on the project. We are very appreciative and grateful for all those that were willing to give their time and efforts. Thank you!
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After School Program

We have been fortunate to receive a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant totaling over $400,000 over the course of 5 years. We are in year 3 of our grant and in order to continue to receive the funds allotted to us, we have to have 100 kids attend our program. Students are not required to attend every day as the minimum attendance for the year is 30 days. If you have a child in Kindergarten-6th grade, I would strongly encourage you to sign him/her up for the after school program. Those that do send your children to the program, please share all of the fun things they do after school. If we do not meet our required 100 students, we will not continue to receive funding. Unfortunately, without this funding, we may not be able to continue with the after school program so signing your kids up will not only benefit your child, but also the district and other families in our communities. If you have questions about the program, please contact Alana Pearson at or 402-685-5631.

Covid Update

The health department has strongly encouraged districts to require Covid testing for anyone that has any one of the following symptoms: new cough, new onset of shortness of breath, or new loss of or change in taste or smell OR any two of the following symptoms: fever 100.4 F or above, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue regardless of whether or not they have been exposed to a Covid-positive individual. We have been doing this for only those exposed to a Covid-positive individual and will continue to operate in this fashion. This is subject to change but our hope is to keep our students and staff safe but still in school. We encourage you to keep your children home if they are ill and if you feel they may have Covid, please get them tested.

Another important piece of information to share is that we will not require a note from a doctor indicating a positive test or the positive test results from those students absent from school; however, anyone that wants those Covid-positive absences to be excused from any reports to the county attorney will be required to show the positive test results. In home tests will not be accepted.

I will continue to do my best to update you on the status of our illness and Covid-positive percentages. I have been posting this to the website on a weekly basis on the "Covid--19/ARP-ESSER III" tab.

Week 1: 3% ill, 0% Covid-Related Illness

Week 2: 3.7% ill, 0% Covid-Related Illness

Week 3: 1.6% ill, 0.4% Covid-Related Illness

Week 4: 1.4% ill, 0.2% Covid-Related Illness

Week 5: 1.9% ill, 0% Covid-Related Illness

Week 6: 1.2% ill; 0.2% Covid-Related Illness

Week 7: 3.4% ill; 0% Covid-Related Illness (Green)

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out via email, phone call, or in person meeting. Our goal is to keep students and staff safe and in school all year long.

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Job Openings at Oakland-Craig Public Schools

Unfortunately, Karen Selken, our food service director, has resigned to pursue other opportunities. In addition, Rod Bachmeier, one of our high school custodians has decided to retire. Both Karen and Rod will be with us until October 21. We wish both Karen and Rod well!

Food Service Staff

7-12 Special Education Paraprofessional

Maintenance/Custodial Staff

School Events

October 8 - End of 1st Quarter

October 11 - Board of Education Meeting (8:00 p.m.)

October 18 - Feed the Farmers (Provided by the OC Foundation and FFA)

October 18 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (Elem. - 4-7 p.m.) (Secondary - 5:30-8:30 p.m.)

October 21 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (Elem. - 4-7 p.m.) (Secondary - 5:30-8:30 p.m.)

October 22 - No School

October 27 - Health Checks

October 29 - School Picture Retakes; Halloween Parties for Elementary

Community Events

October 3 - Swedish Heritage Center Brunch (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

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