We are finishing day 1 after Governor Kelly’s announcement to close Kansas school buildings. It is important to point out that the governor did not cancel school for the year. Buildings are closed for a period of time to permit custodial staff the opportunity to do a deep clean and sanitation of school district buildings. USD 105 is in the process of the sanitation process. Therefore, the district would ask if you have traveled out-of-state during the past week or have been in close proximity to someone who has done so please check with the local health department prior to entering district buildings.
The district is planning to reopen on the 30th of March. Many decisions will need to be made prior to this date. The administrative staff is working on how the district is going to provide the changed educational environment and delivery system. The final version is not complete and likely to be an evolving process. It was not the purpose of the Governor to permanently close the use of school buildings, but to give school districts the opportunity to sanitize and then re-open under strict guidelines. These guidelines include groups of no more than 10 individuals (including the teacher) and all individuals must maintain 6 feet distance. It is anticipated that USD 105 might have students in classes in the buildings abiding by these guidelines. Utilization of online computer courses, virtual instruction and the old-fashioned pencil-paper homework type packets may all be used, some in combination. Staff have been providing suggestions and ideas on how all of this may be done. The one certain element is that education for the balance of this year will be very different than what we have known in the past.
Future updates will provide information about changes in student transportation and school lunches.
Please keep in mind that this information is subject to change based upon Health and Governmental directives. It is our goal to keep you as informed as possible and provide frequent updates as we receive information.
Wesley Dreyer, Superintendent