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May 1, 2020 - USD 234 District Update
May 1, 2020 - USD 234 District Update
Ted Hessong
Friday, May 01, 2020

School Lunch Hero Day!:

Today is School Lunch Hero Day!  We thank our Food Service staff for their commitment to providing nutrition for our students, especially during COVID-19. 

Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas:

Thursday, April 30, Governor Kelly released her plan to reopen Kansas as a result of the COVID-19 Virus.  Phase One, which begins May 4, is basically what we are doing now with a few non-essential businesses being allowed to be open with restrictions.  Phase Two will occur no sooner than May 18, and Phase Three will occur no sooner than June 1 assuming there are no increases in COVID-19 cases throughout Kansas or within Bourbon County. 

USD 234 will design a "phase in" plan for reopening the school district for USD 234 employees.  The “phase in” plan will include guidance on general education summer school, SPED Extended School Year (ESY), summer weights, extracurricular activities, summer camps and activities, and a return to staffing.  Of course, all of these decisions will be based on guidance from the Governor, the Commissioner of Education, KDHE, our local health department, and local emergency management.  Our local health department is following the guidelines set by the Governor's plan.  At this time, the SEK Multi-County Health Department will not have stricter requirements for Bourbon County than what has been laid out by the Governor.

USD 234 will keep you updated about the “phase in” plan as it becomes available.


Return to School Committee:

The building principals and I met Wednesday morning to start discussing a Return to School plan for the fall.  USD 234 will plan for three scenarios for fall: school begins on time with restrictions, school begins on time with restrictions but has to close due to a return of the virus, and school opening is delayed in the fall.

I will be meeting with Program Directors next week to start discussing returning to school in the fall.  We will then have a Return to School Committee meeting with a variety of staff members and stakeholders included to develop a plan.

Our primary focus for the Return to School Plan will be the social and emotional well-being of our students and staff as well as identifying academic gaps created due to the early closing of buildings.


I hope all is well with you and your families.  Working together, we can respond to this health crisis to keep our children’s safety and education a priority.  Thank you.