Dear USD 490 Parents and Community Patrons:
Today on March 17, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly announced all school facilities will close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We will be working with the Kansas State Department of Education to develop alternative learning opportunities for all students and will share more information soon with our parents.
We understand the hardship a school closure places on our families as well as the social and emotional impact it may have on our students. Our district leadership team began working on plans late last week, including how we could provide breakfast and lunch for our students. We will be expanding those efforts to include how we will provide alternative learning in USD 490.
We are also working on other critical issues, such as what this means for our seniors, how this will affect next school year, and when we be able to retrieve student belongings from the building. We will provide updates on these issues as soon as the information is available. We do not anticipate delivering any type of instruction to
students prior to Monday, March 30, 2020.
We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority. USD 490 will provide frequent updates through School Messenger, our website, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed.
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.
We must continue to be mindful of the following:
● Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
● Covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing (cough/sneeze
into your sleeve or a tissue).
● Staying home when sick.
● Avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
Follow additional guidance from these sources:
● National Center for Disease Control (CDC) www.cdc.gov
● Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) www.kdheks.gov
● Butler County Health Department www.bucoks.com/260/Health
There will be many things for us to think around in the upcoming days. Please let us know if you have any questions. You have our commitment in USD 490 to do all we can to support each other as we face this unique opportunity to serve our families.