All school facilities closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year
Today, March 17, 2020 Governor Laura Kelly announced all school facilities will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 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 the ongoing learning needs of our students and provide breakfast and lunch for our students. The required waiver from the Food Service Nutrition Program for this option has been submitted to the State. We will be following up as soon as we receive approval regarding an off-site or grab & go lunch for ALL children 18 years and under. The current plan is to begin this program the Monday following Spring Break (Monday, March 30th). More details to follow.
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 as soon as the information is available. Decisions on these matters will depend on the mandates issued by the State of Kansas.
We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority. We will issue PowerSchool announcements via email, phone and texts, along with public radio announcements and updates on our school website. Patrons that wish to share these announcements in any fashion are free to do so.
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.
Follow additional guidance from these sources:
·National Center for Disease Control (CDC)
·Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
·Rawlins County Public Health Department
Wesley Dreyer, USD 105 Superintendent
Megan Rippe, USD 105 Board President