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Welcome back to school from Seth Ryker, Secondary Principal for GPS with some important information as you prepare for the first day of school. First and most notably we are excited to start the school year with your child and we look forward to seeing them for the start of the school year at 8:10 on Thursday, August 13th!! Several things will look a little different as changes are made to keep both students and staff safe. Students should not arrive at school prior to 7:45. At 7:45 the front doors will be unlocked and at that time students can attend access or see their Swede Foundations teacher if necessary. All other students will remain outside until 8:05, at that time students can report to their first period classes. Students will not be permitted in the hallways before school. In the orange health tier all students & staff will be required to wear a mask/face covering. The only exception will be those individuals with a documented medical exemption. No academic lockers will be issued while in the orange health tier. Students should plan to bring a backpack to carry books between classrooms. Special arrangements will be made for students who are physically unable to carry books. Drinking fountains have been disabled so students will need to bring a refillable water bottle and plan to use the bottle fillers. Additional safety precautions will be communicated to students on the first day of school. Upon arrival on August 13th all students in grades 7-11 should report to their Swede Foundations classrooms. Seniors should report to the Performing Arts Center for the opening assembly which will be broadcast into Foundations classrooms for all other students. All students will receive their back to school paperwork so parents please ask to see that paperwork on the evening of August 13th. Most of those items will need to be signed and returned. The school calendar will also come home with your student on the first day of school. We are looking forward to a great school year!!


Welcome Back to school from Angie Richeson, elementary principal at Gothenburg Public Schools with some important information about the first day of school. 

When arriving on campus Thursday morning, all parents should use the grade level assigned drop off zones, and students should use their assigned building entrances.  These drop off zones and building entrances are the same as what has been utilized in previous years and will allow for a successful staggered entry of our students.  A map illustrating grade level drop off zones can be found on the school’s website at, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.  

On the first day of school, we will have students enter through their appropriate building entrances just as soon as they arrive on campus (beginning at 7:45 a.m.)  Students will NOT line up outside on the first day like we have done in previous years.  Once your student arrives on campus, staff members will be present to direct students to the correct doors and then to their classrooms.

Please note that students will exit out these same assigned doors at the end of the day.  All students will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. on the first day of school and will dismiss at regular time (3:30 p.m.) on Friday.

It may be helpful to prepare your child for a non-contact temperature check upon entering and please note that parents will not be allowed into the building.  If students are bringing a mask from home to wear, we ask that all students put on their required mask as soon as they step onto the school campus as it may be difficult for students to social distance the first day once they see their friends and classmates.  We will have a disposable mask for all students who do not bring one from home and the only exception will be those individuals with a documented medical exemption.

We ask that all students who have a school-owned Chromebook at home to please return it on the first day of school.  A safe way to do this would be to put the charger in your child’s backpack and then have your child carry his or her Chromebook like a hug.  Students know how to do this as they have been taught this carrying method both when carrying their Chromebooks in the classroom and in the hallway... and also when carrying their library books. Due to students needing to bring their Chromebooks to school on Thursday, students may need to bring some of their school supplies (that do not fit into their backpacks) on Friday.

While we are in the orange level of our tiered Return to School Plan, some food options may be limited at lunchtime.  Again, please prepare your child for this change as they are used to having 5 or 6 options to choose from each day.  Students are always welcome to bring a lunch from home if they prefer.  In addition, all drinking fountains will be disabled so we encourage students to bring their own refillable water bottle to be filled at our water bottle filling stations.

Students will receive their back to school paperwork on Thursday.  Please ask your child for that manilla envelope on the evening of August 13th.  Most of the items will need to be signed and returned to school. The school calendar will also be sent home with students on Thursday.

The theme this year at Dudley Elementary is “Better Together… Stronger Than Ever”.  We believe this to be true and can’t wait to be together again soon.  See you all on Thursday, August 13th!



A 7th grade orientation meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11th in the Performing Arts Center.  At this meeting all 7th grade students will receive their schedules and additional information that will be necessary for them to enjoy a great first day of school and a smooth transition into the secondary building.  For those who are unable to attend in person the presentation will be broadcast on Striv at

Please plan to wear a mask or face covering and practice social distancing if you are attending in person. We look forward to the start of a great school year and I know you are excited as well. 


Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and at the recommendation of local health officials Gothenburg Public Schools has decided that all students must wear masks or other face coverings while they are at school or participating in school activities, with certain activity-based exceptions, unless a medical condition is present that prevents the student from being able to wear a mask.  This stipulation is in accordance with the ORANGE risk designation within the GPS plan.

If you have no objection to your student wearing a mask while at school and related activities, you do not need to do anything. 

If your student has a medical condition that prohibits wearing a mask, you must sign and return this form (click here to obtain form) no later than Friday, August 21st, 2020. This form must be accompanied by a statement from a doctor indicating that the student is unable to wear a mask. 


Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year.  We are excited to start the 2020-2021 school year. The school year begins on Thursday August 13th. Unfortunately, we will not have our customary Open House this year. Information concerning building specific protocols will be communicated by your child's building principal early next week. As you are aware the Gothenburg Public School's Return to School plan was released last week. For reference please visit The plan is a tiered plan that allows Gothenburg Public Schools to conduct classes and operate within the framework of the four risk colors of the COVID-19 risk dial as designated through collaboration with Gothenburg Health and the regional health departments. Gothenburg Public Schools will open on Thursday August 13th in the ORANGE tier of the risk dial. The Gothenburg Return to School plan is designed to be a living document that is flexible and adaptable to take into account the newest guidance and recommendations from Health officials. Having said that, there is a significant change with the student mask/face covering requirement in the Orange tier. Students will not be able to simply 'opt out' of the mask requirement. Students may complete a medical waiver if they have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask. A doctor's note must accompany the medical waiver. Guidance continues to support that the wearing of masks/face coverings reduces the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. We would ask parents to provide a mask/face covering for your child that is comfortable, fits well and is washable. An appropriate mask/face covering should block airborne particles. The design must not interfere with or disrupt the operation of the school or learning environment. If your child does not have a mask/face covering the district will provide a disposable mask. Please email any questions on the Return to School plan to


The graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020 was unable to be held due to a community outbreak of COVID-19.  Enjoy the senior honor speakers and administration addresses  by clicking on the their names below.

Senior Speaker - Neligh Andersen
Senior Speaker - Madeline Jorgenson
Senior Speaker - Heath Keiser
High Schol Principal -  Mr. Seth Ryker
Superintendent - Dr. Todd Rhodes


Click on the links below for the 2020-21 school supply lists:

Elementary students and families... please do not stress if you cannot find Clorox Wipes and Hand Sanitizer (as listed on the School Supply lists). We know and understand that these items are extremely difficult to find. If you are lucky enough to come across these items, we will graciously take them... but again, please do not worry if you cannot find them. Our District has other means of obtaining cleaning supplies during the pandemic so classrooms will have supplies available. Thank you so much for your flexibility!



Sports physicals on file for the 2019-2020 school year for any current 9-11 grade students will now also be valid for the 2020-2021 school year.  All incoming freshmen (Current 8th graders) will still be required to provide sports physical paperwork that is dated no earlier than May 1, 2020.  

The physicals that the current 7th graders have on file for the 2019-2020 school year can be used for NSAA/athletic purposes for the 2020-2021 school year.  All incoming 7th graders (Current 6th graders) will need a physical for NSAA/athletic purposes.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Marc Mroczek, Gothenburg Public Schools Activities Director, at



Do you want to help feed or support a GPS student? Check out our Lunch Buddies Program by clicking here or by contacting Joni Jacobsen, Food Service Manager at 308-537-3651.


Parents and Students!  Do you have the PowerSchool Mobile App? Instructions for setting up access to PowerSchool, including a video, can be found here.


The Parent Portal gives parents & students access to information including attendance, grades, detailed assignment descriptions, school bulletins, and personal messages from the teacher. Please call the appropriate school office to get your child(ren)'s access id and access password. Instructions on how to setup your Parent Portal can be found here.

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