Home-based Learning

Aprendizaje basado en el hogar

Effective 3/25/2020, Norfolk Public Schools will be engaging in home-based learning opportunities during the COVID-19 school building shutdown.  This process will continue until health and school officials determine it is the right time for classes to resume in school buildings.

We miss our students and wish we could all be together to continue learning.  Luckily, we have the opportunity to use technology and home-based learning to continue our school year in a new way.  We know you have questions and to be honest we have some too.  We will need to all work together, school staff and families, to make this process as smooth as possible.  If along the way you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your teacher or school principal via email.  Above all else, we wish everyone good health during this time and look forward to seeing students as soon as possible.

On 3/27/2020, NHS Students and families received the following message from Mr. Derek Ippensen, Norfolk Senior High School Principal:


I hope this note finds you safe and healthy. While the times are uncertain, we are now able to provide a little insight into how we are going to manage the learning process for the rest of the semester. We have received a number of calls and emails with questions. Most of the questions are answered here.

Grades and Reassessment: 

  • Any assessments given on or before March 13 will count toward a student’s grade for the semester. All students may reassess over any material they were assigned pre-March 13th to improve their second semester grade. Students who missed tests will not be required to make them up, but may choose to do so to improve their grade. Contact your teacher for more details.
  • Any students who were failing a class as of March 13 will be given opportunities to reassess to earn a passing second semester grade.  Failing students and their parents have been contacted directly regarding failing grades. If you need additional information please contact your teacher for more details.
  • Students will have until 12:00 noon on May 21st to complete their reassessments.
  • Any long-term projects that were assigned prior to March 13 with future due dates may be turned in to improve grades.  Students who have not completed these projects will not be required to do so. If a student chooses to not complete these projects they will not count against a student’s grade. Contact your teacher for more details.
  • Dual Credit and AP courses are a unique situation because of our relationships with multiple institutions.  Please contact your teacher for more specific instructions.
  • As we move forward with enrichment learning activities, teachers will review and provide feedback. Some grades may appear in the gradebook as a formative grade and will not count toward the semester grade but allow students to track their learning.

Early Graduation: The Nebraska Commissioner of Education expects continued learning for all students through the end of the school year. To meet this expectation, all students enrolled in a second semester class will finish the semester. There will be no early graduations for students scheduled in second semester classes.

Graduation Ceremony:  We want to celebrate with the graduating class of Norfolk High School and are considering all our options to make this happen.  If we are unable to reschedule our traditional graduation ceremony, because of health restrictions, we will consider other ways to celebrate our graduates and recognize this special milestone for our students and families. 

Item Pick up and Drop off: We know there are many personal items remaining at the high school that students need to take home (locker items, band instruments, etc.).  We also know that some school issued items have been taken home, and will not be used the remainder of the year, and these items need to be returned to the high school (uniforms, equipment, etc.).  Chromebooks should not be returned at this time.  To accommodate these scenarios we have scheduled item pick up and drop off days.

Norfolk Senior High School schedule:  

Pick up and drop off will occur between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

  • Monday, March 30: Last names beginning with letters A through D
  • Tuesday, March 31: Last names beginning with letters E through K
  • Thursday, April 2: Last names beginning with L through Ri
  • Friday, April 3: Last names beginning with letters Ro through Z

PICK UP:  Students and their families will not be allowed into the building.  Student identification must be shown in order to receive personal belongings.  This will be a drive-thru setup with prepared bags of items labeled for each student.  We will take care of gathering up all of the items from multiple locations and lockers throughout the school.  School items (such as textbooks, library books, etc.) will be retained at the school and all personal belongings will be returned to you.  If you have items in a specific classroom please contact your classroom teacher. Any apparel that has been ordered will also be included in the students individual bag(s).

Students may pick up items in the parking lot near Door 1. 

DROP OFF:  Item drop off will be held at Door 15, in the southwest parking lot.  Drop off items are to be in a bag with your name on the outside of the bag. Students may drop off any uniforms, equipment, or school issued items, not including Chromebooks.  Textbooks, library books, Chromebooks, and school-owned instruments will be collected at the end of the school year.  

If you are unable to attend your item pick up/drop off day, please contact the office to schedule an appointment. 

WiFi: Sparklight is providing free wifi at the high school in the southwest staff parking lot near the small gym (between doors 14/15). Parking spaces closest to the light pole next to the building will have the best access. The open WiFi to search for is "Sparklight" and/or "SparkLight 5G." Up to ten concurrent users can expect to successfully access at one time. Please reserve this for education use.

This and more information has been updated on the school website. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call me at 402-644-2529 or email me at derekippensen@npsne.org.


Derek Ippensen

Principal, Norfolk Senior High School

On 3/18/2020, students and families received the following message from Mrs. Beth Nelson, Director of Teaching and Learning:

Home-Based Learning Opportunities, Starting March 25th

“The goal of our home-based learning opportunities is to keep our students engaged in the learning process throughout our school closure.  Students will not be expected to learn new/difficult material at home by themselves. Learning materials will focus on review and enrichment opportunities, to help students and provide them with a sense of normalcy.  We understand that this is a very different learning situation than students are used to, and we do not want it to harm students’ grades.” - Dr. Jami Jo Thompson, Superintendent

Initially, two weeks of learning materials will be provided.  It will involve a collection of learning opportunities based upon student’s grade level, courses/content and special circumstances. The delivery of the learning opportunities will include traditional, paper packets for grades PK-4 and a combination of online Google Classroom activities and paper packet materials for grades 5-12. Students at all grade levels who do not have internet access will be provided a traditional, paper/pencil option. Special arrangements and assistance will be provided for students who are at risk of failing and risking graduation.

After 2 weeks this situation will be re-evaluated and adjustments will be made if necessary.

WEDNESDAY, March 25th will be the first formal pick up for Chromebooks and paper packets as specified below.  You can find more detailed information on the NPS website with Home-Based Learning Opportunities Questions and Answers.  

  • SENIOR HIGH Pick up time: 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at the front office. If your student is not able to access Google Classroom via the internet, please call ahead so we can prepare a packet based upon your student’s schedule.  
  • JUNIOR HIGH Pick up time : 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at the front office.  If your student is not able to access Google Classroom via the internet, please call ahead so we can prepare a packet based upon your student’s schedule.  
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL Pick up times: 5th and 6th Gr Team 1: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.,      5th and 6th Gr Team 2: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.,      5th and 6th Gr Team 3:  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.,      5th Gr Team 4 and anyone who could not make the above times: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • ELEMENTARY Pick up times: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at the front office of each building.
  • PRESCHOOL Pick up times: 7:45-8:45 a.m. & 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the front office of the building. 

If we continue in an alternative educational setting after April 6th, a similar pick up schedule will be followed. Parents will be contacted by email and phone calls via Infinite Campus to verify the details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Home-Based Learning Opportunities Questions & Answers For Students and Parents (Updated 3.18.20)

As we implement home-based learning on 3/25/2020, we have attempted to answer some questions we anticipate that students and families may have regarding the process.

1. I have a conflict or I am in a high risk group and can't make it to the physical school building to pick up the paper packet. Can you email it to me or mail it?

  • If you are unable to make it to the physical building, please contact your school office during regular school hours and let us know. We can email it to you, or send paper packets to you through the mail. Please contact us to make arrangements to pick up your Chromebook.

1b. Can I have someone else pick up the paper packet?

  • We realize not everyone will be able to make it to the school during the pick up times.  Someone other than parents/guardians can pick up your child’s work/supplies during the pick up times. 

2. My student is in grades 5-12 and will participate with a Chromebook.  If they already brought it home on the last day of class, do I need to go to the school or do I stay home? Will the information be different?

  • If your 7-12 grade student already brought their Chromebook home and has internet access to use it, you do not need to come pick up anything at the school. The information will not be different.
  • If you have a 5th or 6th grader, they would not have been able to bring their Chromebook home. The pick up time for them is to get their Chromebook and charger from school, as well as some paper packet work. Middle School parents should have received a message from Mr. Hughes regarding details on picking up a school device or paperwork. 

3. How do we turn the work in? Are there deadlines?

  • Because we have been informed that the Coronavirus can potentially remain contagious for up to 48 hours on surfaces, paper work completed by students will not be turned in to your child’s school or teacher. Student learning can be submitted to your child’s teacher electronically with a picture of the work or through google classroom or other digital platforms used by the class. Student work may be utilized as evidence of formative progress. However, the work provided is intended for review or enrichment of concepts -- NPS will not grade this work.  

3a. How will assignments be tracked and graded in the Junior /Senior high courses? 

  • NPS understands that family dynamics are evolving with this unique situation. Student health and safety remain a priority. In some courses that benefit, student work completed will receive feedback and be placed in the formative section of the gradebook where it will not calculate as part of the grade but rather monitor student learning. The district wishes to communicate that students should continue engaging in learning opportunities.

3b. What is occurring with dual credit classes?

  • As of March 18th, colleges have asked us to move forward with dual credit classes just as we will with regular classes so the above comments apply. Students will be notified if anything changes. 

3c. How are we handling AP (Advance Placement) Course?

  • As of March 18th, we have been instructed to continue AP course teaching and learning. Students should be getting specific instructions from AP teachers via Google Classroom and/or email. If anything changes, students will be notified as soon as possible. 

4. What if we don't understand the work provided? Who do I contact if I have a question or need help?

  • Please reach out to your child’s teacher via email or other platform that your teacher has provided with questions about any work sent home. You can reference your school’s website for teachers’ email addresses. Teachers will be letting you know their office hours and contact information in the upcoming days. Other questions may be directed to your child’s principal.

5. What if my Chromebook stops working?

  • Please contact your school building during office hours to request paper copies of work.

6. What is happening with Statewide spring testing, (NSCAS _3rd-8th grade and ACT 11th grade)?

  • The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) has suspended all statewide spring testing including the ACT test. NDE is actively working with ACT to see if they will allow a free of charge ACT test for those 3rd year senior high students who might still want that opportunity. We promise to inform parents if or when there is any new information on free ACT testing opportunities. 
    • NPS encourages you to sign up for future testing opportunities scheduled by the ACT organization. You can find information regarding ACT testing at  http://www.act.org/. If you need assistance, please reach out to the Senior High Guidance Counselor, Heather Marotz <heathermarotz@npsne.org> or Assistant Principal, Jason Settles <jasonsettles@npsne.org>.