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March 18, 2020 - COVID-19 District Update
March 18, 2020 - COVID-19 District Update
Ted Hessong
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

March 18, 2020

RE: COVID-19 USD 234 District Update

Good evening,

I would like to clarify Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s order to close schools through the end of May.  This closure means school buildings are closed, but districts will need to come up with a plan to provide “Continuous Learning” for students to end the current semester and to be able to earn credits or complete a grade level.

Food Service Update:

Our Food Service Director is working hard to be able to provide a breakfast and a lunch, in one delivery or pick-up, for our students starting on Monday, March 23.  These will be prepared in each building for distribution.

Our Transportation Director is working diligently on delivery routes for in-town and in the county.  He should have that finalized tomorrow.  We will share this information with our families when has them completed tomorrow.

Continuous Learning:

Starting on Monday, March 23, the building principals will be working with their Building Leadership Teams to make a plan for what continuous learning will look like for the remainder of the school year for our students. 

On Tuesday, March 24, the building principals will share the learning plan with the teachers so they can begin putting together the Continuous Learning Plan for their classes, which the teachers will work on for the remainder of that week.  The week of March 23rd, students will not have any learning expectations.  The principals will be providing more detailed information about the learning plans for families when it becomes available.  Students will begin working on the learning plans on March 30th.

Activities:

KSHSAA sent an email this afternoon stating all Spring activities have been canceled for the remainder of the school.  USD 234 will not be having any school or non-school activities at our school facilities until the Governor lifts the school closures.  USD 234 will have a graduation for the current Senior class whenever the pandemic subsides, and the school closure order is lifted by the Governor.  USD 234 recognizes the Senior class should have their high school graduation, and we are committed to providing it for them.

Retrieving items from the buildings:

Each building will be sharing information with families the plan for students to be able to retrieve personal (i.e. medications, clothing…) and school items from their lockers or staff.

KDHE Guidelines:

Our school district will be following the Governor, the Commissioner of Education, and KDHE's guidelines of having no more than 10 people in a space and those people will need to be six feet apart.  USD 234 will adhere to these guidelines.  The principals will be working on what this will look like for each building.  This will be challenging, but everyone will need to be accommodating to these guidelines.

 

These are uncharted waters for school districts across Kansas and the nation.  USD 234 understands all the uncertainty that our students, staff, and families have as a result of this pandemic.  USD 234 staff is committed to providing a reasonable conclusion to the school year.  Thank you for your support during this time!

 

Ted Hessong

Superintendent

Fort Scott Schools