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Superintendent's Message to USD 413 Community - COVID-19 Transition Plan Update


Posted Date: 03/24/2020

Superintendent's Message to USD 413 Community - COVID-19 Transition Plan Update

COVID-19

Transition Plan Update for the USD 413 Community

 

Website Resources

We have created a single landing spot on our district website to allow for the multiple resources/links/documents that parents and students will need for the foreseeable future as we work through this time period.  We will continue to make those resources available via FaceBook and Swiftreach, but want everyone to know of this single spot for these resources.

 

From the Website: Parents → COVID 19 Parent Resources      COVID 19 Parent Resources

 

Parent Survey

As we work towards determining how we approach teaching and learning for the rest of the school year, we are in need of obtaining important information from parents/families related to their individual needs and resources.  Included in this survey are questions related to internet connectivity and the number/availability of devices within each home, as well as other important questions related to student learning needs. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this very important survey for us.    Click here for the survey. 

 

Food Service Availability Plan

We realize that food security is extremely vital for our students during this time period.  We truly desire to make sure that meals that would have regularly been provided are still made available.  We have developed a food service delivery schedule that will allow for meals for anyone ages 1-18. Please find the delivery schedule and other important information here.  We ask that each student/family that is on a rural route or direct pick-up for special education use the request form found here.

 

Personal Belongings

Understanding that many of our students have personal belongings that were left in the school buildings (classrooms, lockers, etc.), we have developed a plan to help students and families collect their belongings, while also maintaining the safe environments as encouraged by KDHE and the CDC.  Please access the informational sheet here to find school-specific letters containing more information on how to sign up for a time slot in the near future.  School staff are standing by and ready to assist you with the gathering of these belongings.

 

Student Medications

Student medications were distributed beginning last Friday afternoon (3/20), as we realized several students were near the end of their home supply.  However, if you missed this day of distribution, medications are still readily available for you to pick up. We kindly request that you schedule an appointment with our Director of Nursing (Kathy Martin).  Her contact information can be found here

 

School Closure

Per the Executive Order (20-07) issued by Governor Kelly on March 17th, 2020 all school buildings are closed until at least May 29th, 2020.  This will impact USD 413 in the following ways:

  1. Driver’s Education is cancelled/postponed until at least June 1st.

  2. All school-sponsored activities/athletics are cancelled for the remainder of the Spring semester.

  3. All school-sponsored trips, club meetings, dances, fundraisers, etc. are cancelled for the remainder of the Spring semester.

  4. Graduation as originally scheduled for Sunday, May 10th is currently postponed.  Our district and building administration are working to decide upon how we can still honor our graduates in some way and those plans are TBD at this time.

 

Expectations for Continued Learning

While the Executive Order by the Governor did close all school buildings through the end of May, it did not end the school year.  Currently, all schools in Kansas are cancelled through Sunday, March 29th to allow teaching staff to work on the plans and delivery for instruction until the end of the school year.  Our entire staff are working tirelessly this week to develop and implement plans that will allow for learning to occur throughout the remainder of the Spring semester. More information regarding the next steps in USD 413’s Continual Learning Plan will be distributed to parents and students once those plans are finalized.  

 

Going Forward

We wish to first say Thank You to our school community, including our parents and patrons for their grace and patience as we work through this unprecedented transition period.  To say that no one could have planned for this is an understatement and we realize that it has had a significant impact upon many of our families and students.  

Please know that our staff care about and sincerely miss the face-to-face connections and interactions that will be lost throughout the remainder of the semester.  However, know that our staff are fully committed to maintaining these relationships and continuing to help students succeed within our new learning environment. We know that we are in this fight together and that we will come out a better and stronger district as a result of this endeavor.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.  We will continue to update you as we progress through this situation together.