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Distance Learning Instruction will take place for all students beginning Monday, March 30th through Monday, May 4th. Communication will continue to be sent as the district receives information from the Governor.

The Fitness and Aquatic Center will be closed starting Monday, March 16 until further notice. Members, please watch emails for further communication.

COVID-19 High School Information Center

NPHS Distance Learning (click here)NPHS Distance Learning

A Guide For NPHS Students and Parents

NPHS would like to offer the following FAQs and information about our distance learning to maintain clarity. Thank you so much for your patience and persistence during this challenging and evolving situation. Follow this NPHS Distance Learning link, or click on the image, for our comprehensive plan.


NPHS Communications

March 20:  Hello from Ms. Adams, Mr. Wetschka, Ms. Sabol, Mr. Kordah
March 23:  Hello from Your Counselors - Ms. Erickson, Mr. Bartusek, Ms. Nelson, Ms. Johnson
March 26:   NPHS Distrance Learning Plan (sent to all students and parents)

 

How do I contact teachers, main office, counselors, administration, etc?

You can email all staff/teachers/administrators directly with your question. Click here for the District Staff Directory to contact any staff in our district.

HS Attendance Line: 952-758-1205
HS Main Office: 952-758-1200. Leave a message and your call will be returned.
Counselors: Use this appointment request form
HS Activities Office: 952-758-1227 or lswaggert@isd721.org

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Distance Learning

When does distance learning begin?

Monday, March 30 is the first day of distance learning. 

What does a distance learning day look like at NPHS?

Watch this video for a sneak peak of distance learning!

  • Students will complete the 'Daily Check-In Form' for each class hour. 
  • Each day students are expected to check their teachers’ Moodle Page, Google Classroom or designated learning platform for lessons, instructions, live instruction or responsibilities for the day.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to follow their current class schedule and "check in" each class hour at the designated times below whenever possible. 
  • Students will independently manage their time.
  • If you are not able to log into your class at its regularly scheduled time, please make every effort to check-in to each class by 3:00 PM each day.
  • Each day students should check their NPAS @isd721.org Gmail on a regular basis throughout the day for updates from teachers, administrators and the district.
  • Teachers may use the following tools for instruction: Moodle, Zoom, Google Meet, Google Classroom, NPAS Gmail accounts, Remind, Google Calendar, and others...

What schedule will NPHS follow?

  • Each day will run as a ‘traditional day’ of 50-minute periods.
  • There will be no Advisory or Early Release schedules.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to follow their current class schedule and "check in" each class hour at the designated times below when possible, especially when live instruction is planned.
  • If you are not able to log into your class at its regularly scheduled time, please make every effort to check-in to each class by 3:00 PM each day.

Do parents call the attendance line for absences?

Yes, parents should call the attendance line (952-758-1205) for all absences -- ill, dr appts, vacation, commitment, etc (basically for any type of absence).

How will attendance work?

  1. Teachers will track student attendance via Infinite Campus each class period per the requirement from MDE.

  2. Teachers will use the Daily Check-In Form to take attendance. This form will be located on the teacher's Moodle or Google Classroom site each day.

  3. Students MUST complete this form for EACH class each day. 

  4. Parents will be instructed to call the attendance line (952-758-1205) for all absences-ill, dr appts, vacation, commitment, etc (basically for any type of absence).

  5. Administrators and the school counselors will be monitoring attendance each day.

How will the following classes be handled?

STUDY HALLS
Study Hall hours will not meet with a teacher on this platform.

SCHOOL SERVICE CLASS
School service will not meet with a teacher on this platform.

GUIDED STUDY CLASSES
Guided Study teachers and individual counselors will directly contact students.

PSEO CLASSES
You need to be in contact with the institution for your PSEO class.

ON-LINE CLASSES
You need to be in contact with the institution for your on-line class.

CLASSES HELD AT TCU High School
TCU will communicate with individual NPHS students enrolled in classes at TCU.

How will students be assessed and graded?

During this period of distance learning, as of now at least, it is our intention to maintain current grading scales (i.e. not move to Pass/Fail) and to keep Infinite Campus updated with grades. Please see the weekly due dates for summative assessments listed above.

If a student does not check into a class by the end of the day, will they be penalized for late assignments?

1. In a distance learning environment, attendance and due dates are not as strongly linked as they are in a physical learning environment.

2. If a student does not check-in each day and does not complete small daily assignments the day they are due, those assignments may be submitted at a later time.

3. Larger, summative assignments will be due weekly. Each department has specific weekly due dates for tests, essays, projects etc. Students are expected to meet these weekly deadlines and credit may be reduced for assignments turned in after the weekly deadline.  

Are students expected to be on their chromebooks from 7:40-2:30 each day?

Students are not expected to be on their chromebook the entire school day. Please see the section described above: "What will a Distance Learning Day look like at NPHS?" A good target is an average of 3-4 hours worth of school time per day.

Do students have to download apps or software on their chromebooks to be ready for distance learning?

Any applications or programs will be available to students via their Google Chromebook. Teachers will also provide support in situations where students may need assistance.

What if we have issues with our school-issued devices or issues with our Wi-Fi access?

NPAS Technology Help Desk
For Staff, Students, and Parents

  • Location: Lower-level of CEC / District Office (Door #15 by the Aquatics & Fitness Center)
  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Phone: (952) 758-1790

Assistance for Families without Internet Access

If internet access is an issue for households in our district, please notify our high school and CLC social worker Nikki Hachfeld at nhachfeld@isd721.org. Many local companies are offering assistance to families in need. Other providers may have options as well:

  • Bevcomm is waiving many of the restrictions from its ongoing low-income broadband option.

  • Comcast / Xfinity is offering two months free to new Internet Essentials customers. In addition, hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list available, and then launch a browser.

  • CenturyLink Lifeline is a program to help make services more affordable for low-income consumers.

  • Mediacom is a service provider in the Elko New Market area offering a variety of initiatives.

Will learning be interactive where students need to be in class at a certain time or will teachers do pre-recorded videos that the students can watch and do their work at anytime throughout the day?

How do I contact teachers, main office, counselors, administration, etc?

You can email all staff/teachers/administrators directly with your question. Click here for the District Staff Directory to contact any staff in our district.

HS Attendance Line: 952-758-1205
HS Main Office: 952-758-1200. Leave a message and your call will be returned.
Counselors: Use this appointment request form
HS Activities Office: 952-758-1227 or lswaggert@isd721.org

What are the behavior expectations for distance learning?

Digital Images and Video
A reminder that school policy states that no pictures or video of staff or students can be used without their permission. This is important as you will be interacting with your teachers and other students through your Chromebooks.

All NPAS and NPHS policies and guidelines related to student behavior will apply in the Distance Learning format.

https://www.npaschools.org/high-school/student-handbook

Is NPHS building open during digital learning?

No, the building and campus facilities are closed at this time.

If I need something that is at NPHS, what do I do?  Contact Mr. Wetschka at twetschka@isd721.org.

 

What is the status of upcoming NPHS Events?

What events have been canceled/postponed?

Spring Break - April 6-10 - as scheduled with no distance learning
ACT Test - waiting for information from ACT
MCA Exams (Math, Reading, Science) - canceled by MDE
Accuplacer Test - postponed
MSHSL Spring Sports - to be determined by MSHSL
Spring Play - canceled
Prom - to be determined
NPHS Honors Night - scholarship winners will be announced but the format is TBD
Honors Breakfasts - to be determined
Graduation - to be determined

 

Spring BreakSpring Break April 6-10

New Prague Area Schools School Board has decided that our district calendar will not change. Spring break will continue to be held Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10. There will be no distance learning during this time.

Enjoy your break. Stay healthy. There is no distance learning during this break.

 

NPAS Technology Help Desk

For Staff, Students, & Parents...
  • Location: Lower-level of CEC / District Office (Door #15 by the Aquatics & Fitness Center)
  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Phone: (952) 758-1790
For Staff & Students only...  
  • Emailhelpdesk@isd721.org (must have an isd721.org account to send to this address)
  • Web Help Desk: Staff Resources Page > Web Help Desk button
    • Login with school computer login (not Google or Chromebook login)


Other Resources

Mental Health and COVID -19 Information and Resources
Return to the district COVID-19 "Coronavirus" Information Center page