Pulse of the Pirates

January 2021 Newsletter for Plainview JH/SH

Important Dates

January 6 - 1:00 Dismissal for Professional Development

January 12 - Blood Drive

January 20 - 1:00 Dismissal for Professional Development

Reminders/Adjustments Made

I met with all classes to start the second semester to give them all a few reminders and give them some updates for things as we move forward.

Community Service

  • Students in grades 9-12 need to complete 10 hours of community service for this school year. There are forms in the office for them to fill out and turn in to Mrs. Haase to record and keep track of. If students have not done this they should get started. Students that do not have 10 hours will have to attend school after it is let out to make up those hours.

Academic Detention

  • Academic detention has been everyday, meaning that if a student does not have an assignment done when they get to class they have to stay after school that day to complete that assignment. We still have to many missing assignments so we are going to adjust this for second semester. Teachers will put missing assignments on a google doc and when we have our professional development early outs, students on that list will be required to stay and work on the assignments that they are missing. Students that miss this time will have to make it up through detentions or in school suspensions.

Discipline Adjustments

  • Students that have a detention will check their phone, chromebook, and any electronic device into the office before serving their detention.
  • Students that have an ISS will check their phone, headphones, and any electronic device other than their chromebook into the office for the entire day while serving the ISS. Their chromebook will be monitored by the office and can be taken if need be.


All Chromebooks are in and all 7-12 grade students have their new devices. With this the district purchased a monitoring system that allows teachers to monitor devices while students are in class. Teachers will have the ability to block sites, lock screens, etc. while students are in class to help insure that devices are not distracting students and that they are being used to enhance the educational process!

Blood Drive

The FCCLA Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the high school from 10 am to 3 pm. Donations are done by appointment only. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with a completed parental permission form), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. After testing positive for COVID-19, donors must wait 14 days before giving blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive identification (driver’s license). To save donation time, please consider completing Rapid Pass before arriving.

Appointments can be made by phoning sponsor Ronita Jacobsen at 402-841-4566 or the high school at (402) 582-4991. Appointments can also be made online at www.redcrossblood.org FCCLA Members will begin calling for donations the week of January 5th. Walk-ins are not allowed.

There is no deferral time if you have received an inactivated or RNA based COVID-19 vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna. You will need to provide the manufacturer name when you come in to donate. Upon vaccination you should have received a card or printout indicating what COVID-19 vaccine was received. Eligible donors who are vaccinated with a replication defective virus COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca or Janssen/J&J must wait two weeks before giving blood. Eligible donors who do not know what type of COVID-19 vaccine they have received must wait four weeks before giving. Regardless of the type of vaccine received, all donors must be symptom free and feeling well at the time of donation.

The Red Cross is testing all blood product donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Donors can get their results of the antibody test by logging in to their Blood Donor account on the Blood Donor App or online within one to two weeks after their donation.

The Red Cross has implemented additional precautions that you will notice at the drive: • temperatures checks of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy

• hand sanitizer for use before the drive, as well as throughout the donation process

• social distancing between donors including entry, donation and refreshment areas

• face masks or coverings required to be worn by both staff and donors

• routinely disinfecting surfaces, equipment and donor-touched areas

• food/drinks in the refreshment area must be single-serve, individually wrapped packages.

• no guests of donors will be allowed

Those who have recovered from COVID-19 and want to donate Convalescent Plasma can visit www.RedCrossblood.org/plasma4covid for more information and the form to complete in order to set up an appointment.

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Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Please follow the school on Twitter, Instagram, and even Facebook! Here are some of our “handles” that you are welcome to follow and interact with on Social Media:

School Accounts:

Twitter: @phspiratepride

Instagram: plainviewpublicschools

Facebook: plainviewpublicschools


School cancellations, late starts, and/or early releases will be announced via the phone messaging system and also on the following radio stations: KNEN, Norfolk, KEXL/WJAG-Norfolk and WNAX-Yankton. If no report is heard, it can be assumed that school will be in session. Now is a great time to make sure that the school has accurate and up-to-date phone numbers for you. Please call Mrs. Haase to check your contact information if your number has recently changed.

While it is never an ideal situation, there are times that school may need to be released early due to an impending storm. Please take some time to develop a plan for your children to follow if school is ever released early for inclimate weather.