USD 418 Memo on School Closures

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Statement to Parents and Staff—March 17, 2020

Today, March 17, 2020 Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced all school facilities will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We know this will place tremendous hardship on our families and staff, and impact the social and emotional well-being of our students.

We have been working on contingency plans since mid-March, including how we can meet our students’ ongoing learning needs as well as provide healthy and nutritious meals. Later this week, the district will be announcing plans to provide free meals to all children in our community beginning the week of March 23rd .

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020 the Kansas State Department of Education will release a Continuous Learning Plan that will provide guidance on how we can continue to provide our students with learning opportunities despite these challenging times. This plan may include online learning opportunities, traditional learning packets and, other student/teacher learning experiences.

Beginning March 23rd, district administrators and teachers will work collaboratively to develop plans for students that meet the Continuous Learning Plan guidelines as provided by KSDE. Recognizing the stress this crisis has put on our students, parents and staff, it is our goal is to have a plan in place on or before April 1st.

Our staff and board of education are also working on other critical issues, such as what this means for our seniors, how this will affect next school year and what impact this will have on our employees. We will provide updates on these issues when information is available.

We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority. The district will provide periodic updates throughout this crisis situation. Those updates will be communicated through email messages along with posts on the district Web Page, Facebook Page and Twitter Account.

As a reminder, this school closure is in response to the current public health crisis. The focus should remain on preventing the spread the coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it is also referred to.

Please be mindful of the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing (cough/sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue).
  • Please keep sick children at home.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

Additional guidance can be obtained from the following sources:

CDC website

Kansas Department of Health & Environment website

This article is was originally posted as a Memo provided by USD 418 in McPherson, Kansas.

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