COVID-19 Update for 3/18/20

COVID-19 Update for 3/18/20
Posted on 03/18/2020
March 18 COVID-19 Update

Dear USD 230 Families,

I know you are still trying to wrap your mind around yesterday’s announcement by Governor Laura Kelly that school buildings in Kansas are closed for the remainder of the school year. We have to plan for how to adapt to this new reality. What does education look like going forward, and how does it impact your student? A couple of key points:

  • Strategies for a Continuous Learning Plan (educational opportunities during the closure of schools for COVID-19) are being identified; and,
  • USD 230 facilities are closed, with narrow exceptions granted for specific purposes. Please do not attempt to go to a school unless you have been advised to do so.

During this time of school building closures, person-to-person contact should be very limited. Our goal is to keep students, staff, and community safe. The statewide shutdown of school facilities is only effective if we all adhere to social distancing rules, regularly wash hands and follow recommendations of health professionals.

We will continue to provide regular updates on progress toward designing and implementing a plan of action. Our planning process is outlined below.

PLANNING PHASES

 

Phase 1: CONTINGENCY PLANNING

  • We’ve been conducting daily planning meetings throughout Spring Break to formulate and finalize action steps.

            

Phase 2: DISINFECT BUILDINGS

  • This week custodial and maintenance staff have been sanitizing and disinfecting buildings. A big shout out to them for the great work they are doing in keeping all of us safe!

 

Phase 3: MEET BASIC NEEDS

  • Free sack lunches will be provided to children beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020; more information will be available on our website tomorrow.
  • Johnson County School Districts and Johnson County Government have formed a task force to identify solutions to provide child care needs for health care workers, first responders, and identified essential personnel during the pandemic. County-wide planning and partnerships will be critical to ensuring these providers have the 24/7 support they need to do their jobs.
  • Health Services will contact families with medication/medical supplies kept at the school to arrange for safe return of these items.

 

Phase 4: PLANNING FOR LEARNING 

  • Learning will be designed by certified staff with guidance from the Kansas State Department of Education. The goal is to implement the Continuous Learning Plan beginning Monday, March 30, 2020.
  • Community needs will be addressed in collaboration with public and private partners when possible.

                       

Phase 5: IMPLEMENTATION AND REVISION

  • Implementation will be subject to on-going adjustment as we learn how to best support students in a distance-learning environment. Be patient, give grace to yourself and others as we navigate this new environment.

We know you have lots of questions and we are working to provide answers as soon as possible. Tomorrow our website will have information about meals, answers to some FAQs (the ones we can answer at this point), and resources for families. The schools are working on a plan for you to be able to pick up your student’s possessions, however, we want to abide by the 14 day quarantine period for those who traveled over Spring Break. This means possessions (excluding personal medications/medical supplies) will be picked up during the first full week of April. Specific dates and times for pick up will be provided by your school.

 

There are many important events that are affected by this school closure. We understand how important they are to students and families. As of right now, activities such as Kindergarten Round-Up, Prom, Graduation, and the like are postponed. We will continue to work with the county and state to determine an appropriate time to reschedule without violating county or state orders. 

 

Please understand this situation is quickly evolving and may change from day-to-day.

 

This is a time to grow together and support our community, state, and nation. 

Respectfully-

Dr. Wayne Burke

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