Coronavirus Information

3/20/2020

We are sending you this message to thank you for your support and teamwork and to share an important update. Following recommendations from state and health department leaders, Bennington Public Schools will now remain closed through Friday, May 1, 2020.

Teachers are continuing to prepare lessons for students. Elementary students will have another week of lessons ready on Thursday, March 26th, for March 30th through April 3rd. Middle and high school students will receive assignments Monday morning for the week of March 30th - April 3rd.

Remember Bennington’s Technology Department is ready and willing to assist and support you and your students. Please ask for assistance by emailing from your student’s school account to tech@bennps.org. If you can’t email, you may call 402-238-3044 and leave a message, your message will be addressed as quickly as possible by one of the technology team.

If there are questions about an assignment, the best place to go is to your student’s teacher. Teachers are monitoring their email throughout the regular school day and will respond as quickly as possible to help.

Special education case managers will be contacting students each week to support them as they complete assignments.

School counselors are available and will be reaching out to families of students they have been working with. They are available to all of our students and can be reached through email. Arbor Family is available to our students and families if the need arises.  If you would like to reach out to Arbor Family, please call 402-330-0960 or email through the “Contact” form at the bottom of their website, www.arborfamilycounseling.com.

Grab & Go meals are being distributed at Heritage and Bennington Elementary buildings for pick up each weekday between the hours of 9 AM and 1 PM. This program is established for all school-age students and is planned to continue throughout the closure.

Please know that all of Bennington’s employees are being covered by a compensation plan from the Board of Education during this school closure. Each of our Bennington family: students, families, support staff, teachers, administrators, and community members, is important to the strength of our school district. Thank you for your support of all of us.

We hope all understand we are in unprecedented times and changes to these plans might be necessary with notice from local, state or federal announcements.  Please follow School Messenger and watch your email for updated messages.

As we start to settle into this new environment by remotely working from home during these unique circumstances, we want you to first and foremost take care of yourself and your family. Take the advice of the health experts and practice good hygiene and social distancing. The more we all work to stop the spread of this dangerous disease, the quicker we can come back together. That being said, we will get through this COVID-19 pandemic and we will be stronger when we come back together in time.

Take Care!

3/17/2020

Click Here to see instructions from Dr. Hoge regarding how we will deliver instruction. 

3/17/2020

Good Afternoon Bennington Families:

Based on guidance we received from state-level officials in the past 24 hours, Bennington Public Schools will remain CLOSED through Sunday, April 12th.

Just like this week, closure means no practices, on-campus gatherings, events, facility rentals, etc.  We highly encourage our students and staff members to stay home. Certified staff will be working from home starting Thursday, March 19th. We are setting up procedures so our certified staff can be responsive to emails, phone calls, and school issues while schools are closed. We will be sharing more information this afternoon from our administrative team with guidance for our students, parents, and families, as our Remote / Distance Learning Program will now span several weeks.

  • We will be modifying our SPRING BREAK to be April 8th to 10th. There will be NO academic assignments on these three days.
  • We are planning to reopen school on Monday, April 13th. As you have by now read or heard, this is tentative and will be reevaluated the week of April 6th with communication to follow.
  • The Foundation All-Star Kids (ASK) program falls under the same closure rules as Bennington Public Schools.
  • The District has developed a "Grab & Go" meal service to all school-age children. We are adjusting some of our free food dispersal plans based on how things went today. Within the next few days, we will communicate when and where food will be available for our students and families for the weeks of March 23rd-29th, March 30th-April 3rd, and April 6th-10th.
  • We are receiving many requests from families asking how they can help others. For more information on making monetary donations, please visit the Bennington Chamber of Commerce website at https://www.benningtoncoc.org.
  • All Bennington Public Schools buildings and campuses will be closed, as everyone is urged to stay home.
  • We are working to postpone and re-schedule as many events as we can in the hopes that local health officials will give us permission for a return to school in some fashion before the scheduled end of the school year.
  • Bennington’s District Office, including the technology department, will remain open for operation on a limited or remote basis. A schedule and contact information will be communicated out in the near future.

This message will be followed by two other messages from the district this afternoon. The second will be a message from Associate Superintendent, Dr. Dee Hoge, outlining district plans for remote / distance learning plans. The last email from the district this afternoon will be from your building principal with details of a schedule for distribution or collections of school material on Wednesday, March 18th.

We will continue to do our best to communicate with you as needed with additional information and updates as they become available and necessary. Thank you for your continued support of Bennington Public Schools. We will do our best to support our students, staff, and community through this unprecedented time.

Most importantly, take care of yourself and your family!

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