North Platte Public Schools

Coronavirus (COVID - 19)

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North Platte Public School Transitions to Remote Learning

NPPSD is transitioning to remote learning, until further notice. To learn more about the educational plans for each grade level visit:

The CDC offers Tips for Families While School is Out on their website:

NPPS Staff and Families,

The district is monitoring the developing information related to the spread of COVID - 19 (commonly referred to as the coronavirus). As with any contagious illness, we are working closely with the West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) and Nebraska Department of Education and will follow all guidelines that are shared with us.

Based on these guidelines, the NPPS Communications Department will be in constant contact with all school nurses.

This messages intent is to inform you of COVID - 19, how each of us can help prevent the spread of viruses, and finally to share resources so that you can stay informed.

We will continue to update this blog as additional information comes available.

~ Tina Smith

Director of Communications

North Platte Public School District

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

As parents and or guardians it is imperative that we talk with our students about COVID - 19 in a calm and informative manner.

The National Association of School Psychologists recommends the following.

It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age-appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and the spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.

Visit the National Association of School Psychologists website to view the full article.

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Talking to Kids about COVID-19

According to the CDC

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

Source and Spread of the Virus -

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.

Early on, many of the patients in the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread has been reported outside China, including in the United States and other locations. Chinese officials report that sustained person-to-person spread in the community is occurring in China. In addition, other destinations have apparent community spread, meaning some people have been infected who are not sure how or where they became infected. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

Learn more by visiting the resources below...

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Expert Tips: Special Edition — Dr Peter Lin — Understanding the Novel Coronavirus

There is currently One (1) case of Coronavirus in the West Central District Health Departments Jurisdiction.

Coronavirus Q&A

Coronavirus: Multilingual Resources - CDC

Coronavirus Resource Center

Fact sheet: What You Need to Know

Fact sheet: What to Do If You Are Sick

When and How to Wash Your Hands - CDC

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Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Why? Read the science behind the recommendations.

Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water

You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.

Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However,

  • Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.
  • Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
  • Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.

Caution! Swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning if more than a couple of mouthfuls are swallowed. Keep it out of reach of young children and supervise their use. Learn more here.

How to use hand sanitizer

  • Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.

Tips for preventing the spread of communicable diseases:


  • Practice social distancing when ill.
  • Ask parents to keep children home who exhibit cold and flu-like symptoms.
  • Encourage staff to refrain from coming to work if they have cold and flu-like symptoms.


  • Encourage all students to keep unwashed hands out of their mouths, eyes, etc.
  • Encourage all students to use anti-bacterial soap.
  • Discourage the sharing of food.
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In addition to collaboration with state and local health departments, NPPS does have mass illness infection control plans that will be followed in the event it is necessary.

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Have you traveled to any of the following countries in the past 14 days?

If you have traveled to any of these countries in the past 14 days the WCDHD is asking you to complete this survey ~ Take the survey

  • China
  • Italy
  • South Korea