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North Star Public School Supplies Pick Up Schedule

This is a message from the North Star School.  At this point we still do not have official word on school closure for next week, but we have been preparing all week for possible extended closure.  All school staff have been working extremely hard in preparing lessons for all our students for next week and the weeks to come if necessary.  We are now ready to begin getting materials to our students.  To avoid large gatherings in the school we are going to use a drive-up type method.  Starting tomorrow at 10:00 AM student items may begin being picked up using the following schedule: (This schedule is on the webpage and Facebook page as well):

Kindergarten and Seniors                10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

1st Grade and Juniors                       11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

2nd Grade and Sophomores              12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

3rd Grade and Freshmen                  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

4th Grade and 8th Grade                   2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

5th Grade and 7th Grade                   3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Pre-School and 6th Grade                 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Parents and or students sometime during their scheduled time are to drive in front of the school and wait for someone to bring out their child’s supplies.  If you have a box or boxes please bring it or them, it will make it easier for us to box up the supplies and carry it out to you.  We do not want anyone other than staff in the school.  The sheriff’s office will be directing traffic to help us out.  If your child needed a technology device, a device will be in the supplies for your child but will only be given to the parent after signing a user agreement.  If you have more than one child, you may come at any of the times listed.  If you are not able to come at a listed time, contact the school to make other arrangements.  Friday morning may also be used for pick-up.  If you are unable to get here at a scheduled time or Friday, we will work something out for delivery.  Patience at pick-up will be necessary as there are many items to be handed out.   The distance learning, we have planned will not be perfect but once it begins, we will know quickly what needs to be changed.  The assignment for both parents and students tomorrow, after they get their supplies, will be to look through all materials for instructions.  Thank you again for your patience during this challenging time.  No greater thing then being able to spend quality time with your children.  Have a good evening.

- North Star School

North Star Public School Update

March 17th, 2020

This is a message from the North Star School.  First, I want to thank everyone for their patience during this challenging situation.  The hardest part of this situation is not knowing what is next.  Our staff have spent the last two days and will continue to work tomorrow and Thursday morning on plans to educate our students with distance learning method.  This means students will be doing schoolwork at home if we are required to remain closed.  The current plan will be for school staff to begin delivering instructional materials to students on Thursday.  The materials will include instructions, contact information, and instructional materials.  Our plan for distance education will not be perfect and patience will be a huge key.  We will learn day by day what works and what will need some changes.  Technology devices and access are two concerns and we will have both issues figured out by Monday.

Other information for you if we are to remain closed next week.  We will begin delivering meals to those that signed up for meals on Monday.  The exact procedure is still being worked on, however those that live out of town will have pickup locations.  Egeland, Bisbee, and the junction of 17 and 20 will be three of those locations.  We will not be able to provide daycare because of the large number that signed up for daycare and the 50-limit rule of gatherings.  All students that have a K12 account please check those accounts as soon as possible as there will be information from teachers in your account.

All activities are postponed indefinitely.  This includes the region music contest, the prom, and practices.  We will look at possible rescheduling when things get back to normal.

Another plan we are currently working on is a “Re-Opening Plan”.  This plan has yet to be finalized but once piece of that plan, that is active now and will be active when we re-open, is limited school access.  Anyone, parent or student, that has traveled out of the state of North Dakota will not be allowed into the school for 10 to 14 days upon return to the North Star Area.  The plan will also involve thorough cleaning and disinfecting the school prior to opening. The full re-opening plan will be posted on the school’s website and Facebook page when we are scheduled return to school.

This is unique situation to everyone.  Patience will be extremely important thru this process.  All the information in this call is also on the school’s webpage and Facebook page.  If you have questions or concerns, contact the school.  Thank you and have a good evening.

-North Star School

North Dakota High School Activities Association Statement

March 13th, 2020 2:45 pm

FARGO - On Friday, March 13th, due to the Emergency Declaration issued by President Trump, the NDHSAA Main School Contact, NDHSAA will suspend play at the 2020 NDHSAA Class A Basketball State Tournament and all remaining 2020 NDHSAA Winter Postseason State Tournaments including the 2020 NDHSAA Class B Boys Basketball State Tournament.

In addition to the remaining 2020 NDHSAA Winter Postseason Basketball State Tournaments being suspended, all remaining fine arts and spring sports seasons have been suspended indefinitely, which includes practices and game contests. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Brenda Schell, NDHSAA

Assistant Director

Latest Coronavirus COVID-19 School Information

Thursday, March 12th, 2020 - 9:45am

BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum, in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), released recommendations today for event and public gatherings in light of the spread of novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

The recommendations outline different strategies for events and pubic gatherings based on three levels of risk, or thresholds.

"These recommendations are designed to help leaders, event organizers and others determine which actions are needed to mitigate and contain the spread of coronavirus," Burgum said. "While North Dakota is currently at the lowest risk level, with one confirmed case of COVID-19 and no evidence of community spread, event organizers are free to implement more stringent restrictions. We anticipate crossing these thresholds as community spread of COVID-19 arrives in North Dakota."

Following are definitions and recommendations for the three risk levels:

  • Low Risk - Thershold 1 means unmitigated or uncontained community transmission of coronavirus is occurring elsewhere, but there may not be evidence of significant community transmission in North Dakota yet. At this level, authorities should consider initiating minimally restrictive, or burdensome, but effective mitigation measures. Additionally, authorities should consider cancelling or postponing events where a substantive number or attendees are from high-risk locations or high-risk populations.

North Dakota has one individual test positive for COVID-19, but the case did not involve community transmission. The Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed the state's first presumptive case of COVID-19 in a Ward County resident in his 60s. The man had traveled out of state where he had contact with a person who has since tested positive for the disease. The Ward County man is currently self-isolating and recovering at home as the public health investigation is ongoing and NDDoH awaits confirmation testing for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Moderate Risk - Threshold 2 is defined as unmitigated or uncontained community transmission of coronavirus occurring in at least one geographic jurisdiction within the state. At this level, authorities should consider cancelling or rescheduling events if located within the area that has community transmission of the disease or if a large number of attendees are anticipated to come from these impacted areas. Consider alternation attendance options such as web-based, televised only or remote attendance.

  • High Risk - Threshold  3 means there is a widespread community transmission of coronavirus within North Dakota. At this level, authorities should cancel or postpone all events that involve the potential for disease transmission and cannot accommodate alternative attendance options.

Authorities with questions about the recommendations should contact the NDDoH. The CDC recommends adults over the age of 60 and individuals with multiple underlying health conditions refrain from group activities. individuals who think they may have COVID-19 should call their health care provider first before going to the clinic, unless it's an emergency.

And additional 11 tests came back negative today at the NDDoH lab, bringing the total number of negative tests to 23 since testing began last week.

For the most updated and timely information and updates related to COVID-19, visit the NDDoH website at, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit the CDC website at

Coronavirus (COVID-19) School Information

March 12th, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided guidance for schools to plan, prepare, and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19). Working together with state and local health departments, we all have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases to help ensure safe and healthy learning environments.

While the risk to those living in the U.S. remains low, we want you to know that the North Star School is monitoring the situation, and we are planning our response to the health and academic needs of students in case of an outbreak.

The guidance we have received from the ND Department of Health is as follows:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and moth with unwashed hands;

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw it away;

  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces/objects regularly;

  • Get plenty of rest, drink fluids, and eat healthy foods;

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;


North Star School stresses these same things with students each year during normal cold and flu season, and we ask that you continue to reinforce this at home.

Symptoms of the COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. If you develop symptoms, please call your health provider and tell them about your recent travel or exposure.

North Star School takes the safety of our students and staff very seriously. We will continue to monitor the situation, work with state and local health officials, and follow recommended guidance as it becomes available.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. If you have any questions, please contact the school.

-North Star School

City of Cando

PO Box 396

502 Main Street

Cando, ND 58324

Phone: (701) 968-3632


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