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Good Evening!  This is Mrs. Jonas,  Superintendent of Gothenburg Public Schools, calling with a few important messages after the first day of school.  The last one is very important so please listen to this message in full or check Facebook for the transcribed version.

After a long and quiet summer at the school, it was WONDERFUL to see everyone in the building today.  The first day of school is always full of so much promise, hope, and excitement.  Thank you for choosing to share your children with us!

You will see that your child has brought some paperwork home for you to review, sign, and return.  I would like to bring special attention to a few items:

First, the student handbook is new.  This student handbook covers all grades Pk - 12th and aligns with our new policies that were adopted early this summer.  Please be sure to review before signing.  Here, you will find information about attendance, discipline, school lunch, dress code, and many other items of importance.  Additionally, this document can be found online and is easily searchable in that format.

The second item I’d like to bring your attention to is our illness protocol.  This is a supplemental document that outlines the process of deciding when and how long your child needs to remain home if they are ill.  As a reminder, we’re in the business of education.  Healthcare questions should always be directed to your family physician.  The bottom line is that if your child is healthy, we want them here!

Finally, it is critically important for you to know that we must have you complete the school lunch paperwork that came home today - even if you don’t think your child will qualify for benefits.  While we have been fortunate to have two years of school meals paid for by the federal government, this program ended last May.  We have now returned to our traditional charging practices which means students must have funds available in their account OR qualify for assistance in order to be served a hot lunch.  If a student has no funds available to pay for a meal, the student will be provided and charged for a limited “courtesy meal” option, such as a plain sandwich.  

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this message.  We are truly looking forward to an outstanding school year!  If you have additional questions about any of the paperwork sent home, please feel free to call the elementary or high school offices.  Or if you have questions about the lunch policy and procedures, please contact either Joni Jacobsen, Food Services Director or myself at 537-3651 ext. 9.


The 2021-22 Jr/Sr High yearbooks have arrived!  You can pick up your preordered yearbooks in Mrs. Keiser's room.


Student athletes, GHS activity participants, cheerleaders and all NSAA participants be sure to click here to find out what paperwork is required to participate in your various actvities during the school year.


With school right around the corner and an increased awareness of COVID-19, we felt it was pertinent to remind families of the importance of monitoring your children for symptoms of COVID-19. COVID-19 is present in our community and together, we must be diligent in monitoring for symptoms.  Please click here to see important information and the protocol that will guide readmittance to school (and school activities) when students are ill.  


Interested in covering your child with student accident insurance?  Click here to find out more details including the enrollment form.



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Early Development Network

The Early Development Network provides early intervention services for families with children birth to age three with developmental delays and/or health care needs and connects families to needed services.

Child Find

Nebraska ChildFind provides information to parents, school personnel, and service providers on child development and special education for children from birth (or date of diagnosis) to age 21. ChildFind also helps parents access information on rights and resources to help them advocate for an appropriate education for their child.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Act was originally authorized in 1987 and most recently was reauthorized in 2015 as Title VII, Part B of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Special Education Parent Survey

To ensure that Gothenburg Public Schools includes parents as active participants in their child’s special education process, we invite you to complete a parent survey.

The survey is available until April 1st, 2022 for parents of special education students ages 3 to 21 years of age. Gothenburg Public Schools will use your feedback to guide and improve upon our areas of weakness, and also work to promote areas that you feel are a strength for us. 

If your child has an IEP due before April 1st, 2022, you will have the option to complete the survey after the IEP meeting if you have not already done so. 

The Parent Survey is located here. Access to the parent survey link will close on April 1st, 2022.

Thank you for your time, and we value any feedback that you can provide us.


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