Good News and Views… Monday 7-13-20

RECENT UPDATES . . .

NEW:  For the upcoming school year Grand Island Public Schools announced face coverings would be required.  Now all students, staff and teachers must wear face masks at all times.  If kids don’t wear them, then they will not be allowed in school.  Students who are unable to wear masks because of health issues or religious reasons, must communicate with staff.  They will either find the student another face covering or suggest opting for virtual classes.

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NEW:  Nebraska was the first state in the country to hold a football game since the coronavirus pandemic struck back in March.  The South Team dominated the North Team, 30-6, to win the 2020 Nebraska Shrine Bowl, the 62nd game in the series.

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NEW:  Due to the coronavirus, the federal government postponed the traditional April 15th the tax filing deadline until July 15th.  That deadline is fast approaching with no more delays.

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NEW:  Rowe Sanctuary is back open with new hours, a mask requirement, and a recommendation that social distancing be enforced.  The new hours are 10am to 3pm Monday Monday through Friday.

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NEW:  The American Red Cross is in urgent need of blood donations during this pandemic, they are also in need of volunteers in the Tri-Cities.  Contact the American Red Cross fore more.

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NEW:  The Grand Island Public School district is planning to begin classes August 15th with most students on site at elementary, middle and high school buildings.  The district unveiled three models which were designed to give the schools flexibility depending on the current severity of the pandemic.

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NEW:  Northwest Public Schools in Grand Island announced they will start classes August 13th.  Other information related to the pandemic will be announced at the end of July.

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NEW:  Kearney Public Schools has put together a plan for the fall due to the pandemic.  The plan lists out 5 scenarios ranging from on campus learning in August to remote learning.  It also lists building procedures and includes what would happen depending on which phase is in place.  The phases vary depending on confirmed cases and directed health measures.

Classes in the Kearney Public Schools district are scheduled to begin August 13th.

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The Hall County fair is still on this year with protocols set in place to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  The fair will be happening July 22nd – July 26th.  There will be no open class, music concerts or entertainment in large gatherings.  The main goal is to let the 4-H exhibitors of Hall county to show their exhibits.

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A new deadline has been made for residents who need to renew their driver license or complete vehicle titling and registration requirements.  The new deadline is August 31st

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More key partners of the Nebraska State Fair are discussing their plans for 2020.  The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has not made any final decisions its presence at the 2020 State Fair.  They will evaluate what will be available and will provide updates as able. 

The University of Nebraska says its Raising Nebraska will be open.  The Nebraska Cattlemen Beef Pit plans to be open, with modified operations to meet health requirements.

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“Dear Stranger,” a new letter-exchange program, organized by Humanities Nebraska (HN) will allow Nebraskans to write a letter to a stranger and receive a letter in return and make a new connection.  Humanities Nebraska will match each letter received with a counterpart from a different part of the state for the first letter.  After the first anonymous exchange, each pair of letter writers is free to share contact information to continue the conversation.  Go here for further details about the project

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