COVID 19 Response File Library
This plan supersedes the plan posted 03JAN22.
Nome Public School District has implemented a “test to stay” protocol. Using rapid antigen tests (“home” or “over the counter tests”), students who are not fully vaccinated and are deemed a close contact due to an exposure as verified by a NSHC or Public Health representative will be given the option to continue attending school during the quarantine period. Availability of this option is dependent upon availability of the rapid tests. See full document for details:
Nome Public Schools is required by federal law to provide access to the public to its American Recovery Plan Act plan (ESSER III program details). To view the plan, please follow the directions as shown in the attached document by clicking the bold text above or follow the steps shown in the COVID-19 Announcements to the right. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
NPS COVID-19 Guidelines for Athletics / Activities as of 12NOV21
Here is a copy of the Zoom meeting held for Nome Public Schools at home leaning options for the 2020-2021 School Year.
COVID 19 Response Announcements
District Releases New Mitigation Plan for Fall
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) requires school districts to prepare a mitigation plan for the 2022-2023 school year detailing how student safety will be prioritized while also keeping in-person learning as the primary focus. The plan must be updated a minimum of every six months. The plan is created with input from local, state and federal health experts.
Districts must also provide an opportunity for public input on the plan. We welcome our community's thoughts on this plan - an updated version of the plan is likely before school opens this fall. Please click on the link below for a simple response opportunity - the document is available in the File Library on the left side of this page.
Public Comment is now closed
Public Access to Nome Public School District's American Recovery Act Plan
Nome Public Schools is required by federal law to provide access to the public to its American Recovery Plan Act plan (ESSER III program details). To view the plan, please follow the directions in the attached document or follow the steps as shown below to access. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Viewing Alaska School Districts’ ARP Act Plans in GMS
Search for Funding Applications by Grant
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law on March 11, 2021. The ARP Act provides an additional $122 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III Fund) to help school districts meet a wide range of needs arising from the Coronavirus pandemic, including reopening schools safely, sustaining their safe operation, and addressing students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs resulting from the pandemic. School districts were required to create a publicly visible ARP Act plan that included a description of how the funds will be spent and how the public was involved in the process. Please follow the directions below to find and view a school district’s ARP Act plan.
Step 1: Go to the Grants Management System (https://gms.education.alaska.gov/).
Step 2: On the left-hand side of the screen, find the blue navigation bar. Hover over Search to show additional options. Click on Grants.
Step 3: 2022 should be the default selection in the Fiscal Year drop down. Select COVID Relief as the Funding Application.
Step 4: Select ARP Act: ESSER III in the Grants dropdown.
Step 5: Click Search. The districts that meet the search criteria will populate below the search fields. Please note, only applications that have been formally approved by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) will populate.
Step 6: Click on the name of the school district you wish to view.
Step 7: Hover on the blue Go To button. Scroll to ARP Act: ESSER III and hover. Click on Program Details to view the district’s ARP plan. Please do not use your browser’s back button. Please use the Go To bar to navigate to another section of the application.
Step 8: To view the district’s budget, hover on the blue Go To button. Hover on ARP Act: ESSER III and then click on Budget. Please note that only approved activities for the current fiscal year are displayed. If you’d like to view budgets from a prior fiscal year, please restart your search and select 2020 or 2021 from the Fiscal Year drop down and then look for CARES or CRRSA applications.
If you have any questions, please reach out directly to the school district (email email@example.com) or to DEED at DEED.CARES@Alaska.gov
Small Cluster COVID-19 cases 14MAY2021
Norton Sound Health Corporation has identified a small outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the Nome school-aged population. All close contacts of each case have been notified and are in quarantine. Nome currently has a total of nine active COVID-19 cases. The health advisory team does not feel it is necessary to close schools at this time.
NSHC is strongly recommending COVID-19 testing for students in grades Kindergarten through Fourth over the weekend on Friday, Saturday or Sunday at the NSHC Operations Building Testing Center. The testing center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day and is located at the corner of Greg Kruschek Avenue and K Street. Many children can have the virus and be without symptoms. Testing is the best way to find out who might have the virus and be spreading it to others without knowing.
If you have students who are ages 12 and older, there is now COVID-19 vaccine available to them. The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use with this age range. You can find the fact sheet for this vaccine as well as the parental consent form at the NSHC website www.nortonsoundhealth.org/
If you have any further questions feel free to call or email either the school or NSHC. Thank you for everything you are doing to help keep our community safe and healthy. We appreciate the partnership with families and NSHC, which allows us to keep schools open safely.
Small Cluster COVID-19 Cases 05MAY2021Nome Public Schools was informed this evening of a small cluster of cases connected to two schools. Affected individuals and close contacts are identified and in quarantine. Out of an abundance of caution, we will hold a distance learning day for Nome Elementary, Anvil City Science Academy, and Beltz Middle School on Thursday, May 6th. High School students will report as usual. Friday May 7th is still a planned day of no school.We strongly recommend any middle school student who did not test at school on Tuesday to set up an appointment with the testing center as soon as possible.Nome Elementary students should complete their Blizzard Bag Day 6 assignments; teachers will be in touch throughout the day.ACSA and NBMHS Middle School students should complete their Blizzard Bag Day 5 assignment; teachers will be in touch throughout the day.NBMHS High School - all after school activities are cancelled except for eSports practice. There will be no activity bus. COVID testing for Prom will still be available.Prom is still happening at this point since students must have a negative test on Thursday to attend, and masks will be worn throughout the event.eSports State Championship on Saturday will still occur; players and spectators must wear masks and socially distance.
NBMHS Positive COVID-19 Case
Nome Public Schools was informed that an individual tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, May 2, and may have exposed middle school students or staff to COVID-19 during the week of April 26-30.
Close contacts of the individual have been notified and are in quarantine.
Out of an abundance of caution, Norton Sound Health Corporation is recommending the following actions:
- Anyone vaccinated or unvaccinated who is a student or staff member in grades 6th, 7th or 8th AND are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested as soon as possible. Visit the NSHC Cough and Cold Clinic inside the hospital, open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday or 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends.
- If you are an unvaccinated student or staff member in grades 6th, 7th, or 8th and are not experiencing symptoms, you should get tested twice at least three days apart.
- If you are vaccinated and without symptoms, you are welcome, but not required to get tested.
NSHC will bring a testing team to the middle school on Tuesday morning and will test any student or staff member who wants to be tested. The team will come to the school again on Friday. A consent form will be sent home with all middle school students today. The test will be a simple nasal swab of both nostrils.
If you are seeking COVID-19 testing outside of the school offering, you may visit the NSHC Operations Building Testing Center, located at the corner of Greg Kruschek Avenue and K Street, open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Grab-N-Go Meals 22NOV2020
Greetings NPS Families! The District will be delivering Grab "n' Go Bags for student meals along the bus routes. Please read the following information carefully!
1) The buses will depart Nome-Beltz at 10am and drive along each route (Red, Blue, Green) as follows:
Red Route: Stops 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 16 (no stopping at 15, 14 or 25)
Blue Route: Stops 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17
Green Route: Stops 7a, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
All buses will then proceed to the elementary school and drop off leftover meals.
2) Families who miss the bus stops can pick up meals at the elementary school from 11am until 1pm. There will be NO door to door delivery during the shutdown. Parents can pick up meals on behalf of their children - please make sure you know your child's LUNCH ID#.
3) Due to the current school lunch program guidelines, we can ONLY provide meals to children who are currently enrolled in NES, ACSA or NBHS (this includes Nome@Home students). Staff on the buses will be checking off deliveries against our current rosters - please make sure children have their LUNCH ID# ready.
4) The last day of each week the bags will contain weekend meals - these may be heavy for small children, so please plan accordingly.
5) If the weather is severe enough, the buses will not run.
Please feel free to call the school secretaries if you don't know your child's lunch ID# - NES 443-5299, NBHS 443-5201, ACSA 443-6207.
A copy of the bus route is available here
Jamie S. Burgess
Superintendent, Nome Public Schools 907-443-6191
Entering Red Phase (Remote Learning) 18NOV2020As a result of discussion with our Health Advisory Team, and due to the rapidly rising cases within Nome proper, the administration has made the difficult decision to close schools through the end of the semester. Effective Monday, November 23rd, schools will be closed to students.Over the next couple of days, teachers will be sharing information with students and parents regarding what to expect over the next several weeks. We have been preparing for this possibility all year long, and will be working hard to deliver the best possible distance learning experience for your students.Our highest priority is to keep our students safe, and we want to keep COVID-19 out of our schools. We ask our community members to reconsider holiday travel, and if they must travel, to please adhere closely to quarantine restrictions to keep our children and community safe. We are hopeful that this closure will assist in bringing our case numbers under control, and that we will be able to re-open to in-person learning for spring semester.We will update our community members regularly through our normal channels. Thank you in advance for your support - we love our children and are so grateful we have had our children in schools with their teachers over the past few months.
NBHS - COVID19 Update 25 August 2020
Nome-Beltz Middle High School will start the first week of school in the Red zone (August 25-28). Students will not attend classes on campus; teachers will be contacting parents and guardians with preliminary information and school updates on Tuesday, August 25th. On Friday, August 28, we will make home deliveries of packets with introductory materials. As more information is released, we will share our plans for next week. For the most current Covid-19 updates, please check our district website: www.nomeschools.org
20 August 2020
NPS Public Service Announcement
The district was informed that a student athlete tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, August 20, 2020. Effective immediately, all sports practices are suspended until further notice.
In response to the growing cluster of cases in the City of Nome, and upon advice of NSHC and Public Health, please note the following changes for the start of school.
Nome Elementary School - all children grades K-5 will be required to wear a face covering at school. Face coverings (masks or face shields) will be provided for any student who needs one; face coverings are on the school supply list. There is no change to the plans for the rolling start for Nome Elementary School students for the week of August 25th - families should expect contact from their child's teacher to schedule individual meetings.
ACSA and NBHS will open in the RED (high risk) zone:
Anvil City Science Academy - Families will be contacted to schedule individual meetings with their teachers the week of August 25th; teachers will share plans for student learning at that time. Students should NOT report to school except at their scheduled time.
Nome-Beltz Middle/High School - families will be contacted regarding plans for student learning for the week of August 25th. Students should NOT report to school.
NO BUSES WILL RUN FOR STUDENTS THE WEEK OF AUGUST 25TH.
Further information regarding food services and plans for the week of August 31st will be forthcoming shortly.
SMART START 2020
Nome Public Schools Re-Opening Plan (Initial Plan as of 7/10/2020)
As we plan for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, our guiding principles are 1) Prioritize safety of students and staff 2) Students in school for as many days possible for as long as possible and 3) efforts must be made to ensure equitable access to education for all students. We must balance the educational, social and emotional needs of our students with the need for a safe and healthy school and community. As health conditions evolve and more information is available, some areas of this plan may need to change. We will work to communicate school specifics and student details as we get closer to the first day of school. Our planning is based on guidelines from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS), and we will work closely with our health partners at Public Health and the Norton Sound Hospital to anticipate shifts between Learning Models based on community case numbers and risk of community spread.