Weekly Superintendent Update From Wayne Community Schools, District Celebrating National Public Health Week Virtually

WAYNE – With the weather starting to get nice for outside activities superintendent of Wayne Community Schools, Dr. Mark Lenihan is encouraging families to keep lines of communications open and follow all state and federal guidelines.

Dr. Lenihan gave his weekly update and addressed questions on the Wayne Community Schools Facebook page Monday evening. He said that communication has been good but the district wants to see students and parents continue that trend.

“Communicate with your teachers, your administrators,” said Dr. Lenihan. “Don’t ever feel like it’s too much of a hassle because I think it’s important that we keep those opens lines of communications open. We acknowledge the difficulties that everybody is going through, this is certainly unique and it seems like everyday there’s a new turn or twist.”

Under the statewide Directed Health Measure through May 11, school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the school year but learning continues. If Nebraska would go into a stay-at-home order the district thinks it’s important to distribute lunches as long as they can for the remainder of the school year.

School board members will determine their final remote school day during the Monday, April 13 regularly scheduled meeting.

“It’ll be similar to the end of the school year as far as time frame goes,” Dr. Lenihan mentioned. “That’s what the Department of Education is suggesting that we continue this until around the time that we were going to end school.”

The meeting will be open to the public through zoom at 5 p.m. and the link will be posted on the wayneschools.org website.

Considerations the district are looking at include postponing graduation until further notice; possibly have a Prom dance over the summer and do some virtual awards ceremonies.

Even with the weather getting nice, Dr. Lenihan is refraining students of gathering at parks for pick-up games.

“I know it’s difficult but I think especially now when the state and the nation really is saying that the next few weeks are critical,” Dr. Lenihan added. “That we continue to follow the guidelines that are being set, that we really encourage our students to not do that.”

Dr. Lenihan is encouraging things that can be done alone or with family members.

Wayne Community Schools also kicked off their Virtual Spirit Week to celebrate National Public Health Week. Monday was super hero day in honor of the hospital workers, first responders, grocery store employees and all other essential personnel. Tuesday will be crazy hair day or school color day in honor of hair stylists and the schools they miss.

Other National Public Health Week days include Wednesday being dress like an old person in honor of the generation that is most at risk; Thursday will be jersey day in honor of your favorite team that isn’t able to play right now and Friday will be pajama day in honor of no school today and to online learning.

Email photos of the students to either kilubbe1@waynebluedevils.org or liknuts1@waynebluedevils.org. Also, use #WeAreWayneNE on social media so the fun and support can be shared virtually with others.

Lunches will not be served on Friday, April 10 or Monday, April 13. The offices will be closed both days and were already scheduled days off.

Next week’s Facebook live event will be scheduled for 6 p.m. following the school board meeting on Monday, April 13.