North Platte, Ne - Mid-Plains Community College has postponed its commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for May 8 until July 31, 2020. This is due to the Directed Health Measure issued by the governor regarding coronavirus. The health measure is currently in effect until May 11.
“It is our desire to celebrate our students’ educational accomplishments, and we are hopeful that this late summer date will enable us to do just that,” said MPCC President Ryan Purdy. “These plans may change if the Directed Health Measure currently in effect is extended beyond our rescheduled date.”
MPCC typically hosts commencement in May of each year, however, several instructional programs continue into late summer. Purdy said moving commencement to July will allow students in those programs to finish their summer schedules while also allowing students planning to transfer to other institutions an opportunity to attend the celebration.
“We know that not all students will be able to return, and we hope to provide them with an opportunity to send a picture or video to us to include in a pre-ceremony presentation,” Purdy said.
The commencement ceremony at McCook Community College will begin at 10 a.m. followed by commencement at North Platte Community College at 3 p.m.
More information about the college’s response to the pandemic can be found online at mpcc.edu.
The McCook Community College softball team has signed its first recruit for the 2021 season.
Taylor Thein of West Branch, Iowa has signed her letter of intent to continue her softball in McCook next season.
“Taylor’s strengths are her athleticism and speed. She brings versatility as she can play outfield or infield,” said MCC Softball Coach Kevin Kaalberg.
Thein grew up in West Branch, Iowa with her mom, dad, and older brother while attending West Branch High School.
Within her school, she has been involved in many different activities and clubs including softball, basketball, soccer, track, student government, National Honor Society, co-editor in chief of her school newspaper, and was elected president of the student leadership activity team.
“I love being challenged to prove to myself that I can overcome obstacles,” she said.
She added that if she’s not playing a sport, you can find her fishing, hanging out with friends, or eating pizza.
Thein is not sure what she will study at MCC but, said “I am excited to start my journey as an Indian! Go Tribe!”
As we continue to navigate closure guidelines, questions regarding graduation are frequently discussed. McCook Public Schools understand the importance of graduation in the lives of our seniors and want to ensure that district conversations we are having about our ability to continue them as planned are not being taken lightly.
Per the current Directive Health Measure from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited until at least April 30th and school closures have been announced through the end of the school year.
At this time, plans for the McCook High School Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremonies for Sunday, May 17, 2020 have been rescheduled. As we have seen in recent weeks, circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are rapidly changing, and we need to remain flexible. We are working on plans to best fit the responses: needs of the community as a whole. Knowing that, we are committing to the following
McCook High School Graduation - Friday, July 31, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. held at The Graff Event Center on the Campus of McCook Community College.
McCook High School Post Graduation/Prom - Saturday, August 1st (Time = TBD) McCook Senior High/Jr High Campus
If the July plans can not be implemented, additional plans will be developed as appropriate.
Additionally, we understand that several of our graduates have commitments to leave for military service training and we are working on plans to do a graduation recognition for these students prior to their leave.
Please know, we understand and value the importance of this milestone for students and their families, and we will continue to do all that we can to make it a reality while prioritizing the health and safety of all involved.
Grand Island, NE - It all started out eight days ago. Eric Sell, engineering teacher with Grand Island Public Schools, was contacted to potentially help on a project that could help supply face shields locally in Grand Island but also to healthcare workers in the the state of Nebraska. With the use of three 3D printers from Grand Island public schools, Sell is able to produce around 80 to 85 face shields a day and has plans in the works to soon add a fourth printer to help with the production. Some of the face shields that have been made in the last few days will be given to the Central District Health Department and food service workers with Grand Island Public Schools.
To make an order for face shields visit: https://covid.w0wwv.org/
Listen to a full interview with Mr. Stell below.
Teresa Anderson, director of the Central District Health Department
North Platte, Nebraska - The West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) has now tested 163 individuals in Lincoln County for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Of the 163 tested, 16 have been positive. Five are travel-related, four are due to contact with a traveler, three are community spread, and the remaining four are due to contact with community spread. All sixteen cases are within Lincoln County. Stay informed of new cases by visiting our website athttps://wcdhd.org/(information will be updated daily at noon and 6:00 PM).
The best antidote to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is social and physical distancing.
Stay home and practice social and physical distancing
Avoid gatherings of 10 or more
When out stay 6 foot away from others
Cough and/or sneeze into your elbow
Wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds
Do not touch your face
Wear a community mask - this will help mitigate the spread of the virus
While testing continues to improve, Governor Pete Ricketts has issued a state-wide Directed Health Measure (DHM). To learn more about this DHM and how it may affect you, please visit the governor’s website atGovernor Pete Ricketts. Additionally, the governor has launched a new campaign in honor of State Health Week, asking all Nebraskans to Stay Home, Stay Healthy, and Stay Connected.
Public health officials would like to remind you that if you have a fever of over 100.4 or symptoms of respiratory illness, please self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider for additional guidance. If you are tested, have been in direct contact of a lab-confirmed case, or traveled outside of Nebraska in the last two weeks PLEASE register with WCDHD athttps://consultinglhd.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a67PjRi6skYXMrP