2020 Spring Special Events

Eventos especiales 2020

The 4th Quarter of the 2020-2021 school year has been a challenge with the building shutdown of Covid-19.  Although all scheduled school activities and events through the end of the school year have been cancelled, there are a few key events that we feel it is important to try to accommodate by postponing or altering the participation of our NHS student body. 

On 4/13/2020, the Norfolk Public Schools Board of Education approved the following alternate plans:

1. NHS Graduation: July 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Graduation will occur on July 26, 2020 in one of three ways: traditional, alternate, or virtual.  Regardless, graduation will be held on this date and at this time, so please mark your calendars.   More details will be shared by Mr. Ippensen as we get closer to this date.
    • Traditional: Our sincere hope is that the DHM restrictions will be lifted and we can hold a traditional graduation ceremony in the NHS gym.
    • Alternative: If the DHM restrictions have changed, but not sufficiently enough to hold a traditional graduation ceremony, we will offer some alternative options. 
    • Virtual: If the DHM restrictions remain very strict we will provide some version of a virtual ceremony that includes Class of 2020 photos and honored speakers streamed for public viewing. 
  • Graduation Letter from Mr. Ippensen (05/07/2020)

2. NHS Graduation Rehearsal: July 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at NHS gym

  • We will only hold a graduation rehearsal if we are able to proceed with a traditional graduation ceremony.  More details will be shared by Mr. Ippensen as we get closer to this date.
  • Caps and Gowns will be picked up at this time.
  • Graduation Letter from Mr. Ippensen (05/07/2020)

3. Alternatives for Success (AFS) Graduation: July 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the Norfolk Arts Center

  • AFS Graduation will occur on July 23, 2020 in one of two ways: traditional, or virtual.  This decision will be based on any current DHM orders in effect at the time. Regardless, graduation will be held on this date and at this time, so please mark your calendars. More details will be shared by Mr. Ippensen as we get closer to this date.

4. NHS Honors Night: July 23, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

  • The Honors Night ceremony will be hosted virtually to honor our graduates. More details will be shared by Mr. Ippensen and/or the Counseling Center as we get closer to this date.

5. “Prom Alternative”: July 18, 2020, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

  • This will only occur if the DHM restrictions are lifted by this date.  If DHM restrictions remain in place, the event will be cancelled with no plans to reschedule.  More details will be shared by Mr. Ippensen as we get closer to this date. 
  • Tentative Details:
    • Juniors and Seniors, and their dates, are invited to attend.
    • This will be a condensed Prom/Post-Prom combination event held at NHS.
    • Royalty coronation and a dance will be hosted in the small gym.  Post-prom games and activities in the big gym.
    • Casual attire (school appropriate)

6. Summer School: 

  • We are working on an on-line option to be offered to Senior High students during the month of June. Details have not been finalized. More details will be shared by Mr. Ippensen as we get closer to the end of the school year.

Our school district administration has participated in multiple conversations with the NE Commissioner of Education and Governor Ricketts.  We have made these decisions based on their guidance.

  • Directed Health Measure (DHM): “No School or Extra-curricular Activities through May 31st.” (Ricketts)
  • “Schools should not expect to have kids in classrooms until next Fall.” (Ricketts)
  • “Graduation will be tough to plan. Don’t expect to hold graduation until the second half of summer at the earliest. Restrictions will be lessened gradually. Planning anything other than virtual before August will be risky.” (Ricketts)
  • “I do not expect that we will be able to run Summer School in the traditional sense.” (Commissioner)

Please check back to this webpage often.  As we update the details for these special events we will include those details here.  

We hope all students, and their families, are doing well during this uncertain time.  We truly hope we get the opportunity to see some of you again in the near future at one of the postponed events, and look forward to seeing everyone in current grades 9-11 in the fall.  Seniors, we wish you the very best of luck in your journey following graduation.