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Learning Resources and COVID-19
Learning Resources and COVID-19

Each of the buildings have developed landing pages for learning resources. They are located on each school's Staff page. We have compiled the links below for easy access.

El Dorado High School: https://sites.google.com/eldoradoschools.org/eldoradohighschool-covid-19faq/home

El Dorado Middle School: https://sites.google.com/eldoradoschools.org/ems-cl/home

Blackmore Elementary: https://sites.google.com/eldoradoschools.org/blackmore-cl/home

Grandview Elementary: https://sites.google.com/eldoradoschools.org/grandview-cl/home

Skelly Elementary: https://sites.google.com/eldoradoschools.org/skelly-cl/home

Here are links to the parent and student resources:

Technology Resources for Parents and Students

Parent Resources: https://www.eldoradoschools.org/Parents/ParentResources/Elementary iPad Apps

Middle School iPad Apps

Student Resources
: https://www.eldoradoschools.org/Students/StudentResources/


OPAA! Meal Reheating Instructions

Greenbush has also shared some wellness resources for caregivers: https://continuouslearning.greenbush.org/wellness/wellness-resources-for-caregivers/

The technology department has created a video tutorial for using Google Translate in an iPad or Mac computer. If you need help translating materials, please contact your child's school office.

 


08-10-20

Superintendent Tosh is hosting a Parent Camp called "Remote Learning 101." This quick Zoom will cover the basics of what you need to know about remote learning in USD 490. It will be tomorrow, August 11, at 7:00 p.m.

Reservations are required to attend the live Zoom, but we are planning to record it and upload it to the district YouTube account for those who may not be able to attend the live session. We will send a link for the recording as soon as it becomes available. Please register here.


7-29-20

USD 490 Family Liaison/Social Worker Julyn Valenzuela has created a Community Resource Guide for families who may need assistance. Click here to download a copy.


7-28-20

The USD 490 Board of Education approved the district's reopening plan during a special meeting on July 27.

The new start date for students will be August 26, 2020. This will allow the district to better prepare staff for safely welcoming students back to school.

In order to accommodate student bussing needs and allow for sanitization between routes, the new school hours for grades PreK-5 will attend from 7:25 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Grades 6-12 will attend 8:25 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.

There will be three basic learning models, and the district will follow guidance from the Butler County Health Department to determine which one to utilize to keep staff and students as safe as possible.

On Site

  • Five days of in-person instruction

Hybrid

  • Blend of in-person and remote learning
  • Students divided into four groups based on last name

Group A: A-F               Group B: G-L
Group C: M-R             Group D: Z-S

Hybrid Option 1

Mon/Wed                     Tues/Thurs                 Fri
A&B in-person             A&B remote               all remote
C&D remote                 C&D in-person

Hybrid Option 2

One group per day in person, four days remote

Remote

  • Remote Learning only

*A Daily log will be required for attendance reporting for ALL remote days.

Parents will have to option to choose which learning model will work best for their child(ren).

You can view the updated 1-page calendar on our website under Calendars.

Key changes include:

  • New student start date of August 26
  • Staff development days moved to August
  • Dec. 18, Jan. 5, April 5, and May 20 become student attendance days
  • School day length is extended by 10 minutes to ensure we meet the required 1,116 hours
  • Dec. 21 becomes a staff workday

To view the reopening framework that was approved by the board, click here.

The following graphic highlights key components of that plan. It is important to note that no matter which learning model the district is currently in, parents can choose to have their student participate remotely.

Reopening Highlights

7-22-20

Here is the recording from our July 21, 2020, DRAFT reopening plan meeting for parents and the community.

 



7-15-20

Governor Kelly announced plans to delay the start of K-12 public schools until September 9 with an executive order on Monday, July 20.

USD 490 will be continuing our planning efforts based on the attached timeline with input from parents and staff. Please be sure to complete our input surveys if you have not already done so. They will close on July 18.

Parent Survey: https://bit.ly/490ParentReopeningSurvey

Staff Survey: https://bit.ly/490StaffReopeningSurvey

Thank you for being #partofthepride. We are grateful for your support and collaboration in finding ways to safely provide educational services our students.

Reopening timeline


7-14-20

As KSDE prepares to release the Navigating Change guidance document, USD 490 is finalizing the details of our planning. One piece of that is surveying parents and staff.

Your input is INCREDIBLY VALUABLE!!! Please take a few moments to fill this out and share as much detail as possible.

All of our thinking is important here. Ask questions. Share ideas. There is power in WE! Here’s are links:

Parents:
https://bit.ly/490ParentReopeningSurvey

Staff:
https://bit.ly/490StaffReopeningSurvey

Here is the timeline for reopening planning:

Reopening timeline


7-7-20

We are sorry to have to announce that we will not be able to hold the July 11 traditional graduation ceremony as we had hoped.

We have been working with district administration and local health officials to gather information to help guide us in making the decision that is best for our graduates, their families, and our community. In making this decision we had to take into account the safety of our graduates, their families, and school personnel as well as the threat that having such a large gathering could make to the timely start of our coming school year.

This was not the result that we wanted. However, when faced with the harsh realities of our current situation at the local, state, and national level it became clear that the most responsible decision was to cancel the ceremony. With the state recommendation to remain in Phase 3, there is no feasible way to hold the ceremony that would see over 1000 people gathering together.

With the cancellation of the ceremony, we anticipate a great deal of questions. The EHS Graduation Information Website has been updated with an FAQ section to address the most frequently asked questions. We have done our best to anticipate what some of those questions will be already. If you have questions that are not addressed on the FAQ, please email Bruce Lolling at bllolling@eldoradoschools.org and he will address them.

The site also has the links to the Senior Award Ceremony and the Graduation Preview videos that were live-streamed in May to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the EHS class of 2020.

To pick up ceremony programs, mugs, diplomas, or photographs please call the District Office at 316-322-4800 and make an appointment. Items should be available after 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13.


6-22-20

Click on the link below for information about the upcoming EHS Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony.

https://sites.google.com/eldoradoschools.org/ehsgraduationinformation/home


6-13-20

We are excited to inform you that our school has enrolled with STOPit!

STOPit is an online reporting tool designed to deter and mitigate bullying, cyber abuse, and other inappropriate behaviors, consisting of an app and a back-end incident management system for school administrators.

Our students will have access to the STOPit mobile app, which has two simple but powerful features.

Report can be used by students to report incidents to school contacts anonymously.

Messenger can be used to engage in anonymous two-way communication with school contacts.

Both Report and Messenger empower students to stand up for themselves and for one another. Students have the power to help put an end to harmful and inappropriate behavior they see online through social media and other means. They can use STOPit to reach out for help if they or a peer are facing a personal crisis or experiencing bullying, abuse, or are otherwise in need of assistance. Our goal with STOPit is to create safer, kinder, school communities both online and off.

No student information is needed to use STOPit. The only way personally identifiable information will be accessible through STOPit is if a student voluntarily includes it within the content of a report or message.

Both our school and STOPit are committed to protecting the privacy of student data. STOPit is a signatory to the Student Privacy Pledge, spearheaded by the Future of Privacy Forum and the Software & Information Industry Association. You may review STOPit’s Privacy Policy for details, including more information on how anonymous reporting works.

STOPit is launching today. The STOPit app is available for download from the app store at no charge.

The district code was emailed to parents and students.

More information and resources can be found online at stopitsolutions.com or on the district website.


6-9-20
Beginning Monday, June 15, Driver's Education will resume. The morning and afternoon sessions will still be held at their scheduled time. Office hours will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 am. Make-up work will need to be done during that time with Mr. Shawn McGuireby appointment. Classes will be held Monday – Thursday and will run for four weeks, ending on July 10.

Virtual students will be driving June 15th through the 26th.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the EHS Main Office at (316) 322-4810, Lead Instructor Shawn McGuire at spmcguire@eldoradoschools.org, or check the USD 490 Home Page for updates.


5-28-20

Due to recent events, USD 490 will be rescheduling the 2020 Driver’s Education sessions. Your student’s health and well-being are the number one priority as we prepare and adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines in a classroom setting. Please note that the course is not canceled just postponed to a future date this summer. A decision to resume Driver's Education will be made next week.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the EHS Main Office at (316) 322-4810, Lead Instructor Shawn McGuire at spmcguire@eldoradoschools.org, or check the USD 490 Home Page for updates.


5-23-20

Here is the link to the EHS graduation preview video: tinyurl/EHS-Grad-Info


5-22-20

We'd like to hear from you! Please take a moment to fill out this survey about summer learning: bit.ly/USD490summerlearning


5-21-20

After careful consideration, the decision was made to not have Camp Pride this year. While we value the program, and were looking forward to seeing students, our focus must remain on student and staff safety. We appreciate your understanding as we work to navigate these ever-changing conditions are are grateful to have you all as #partofthepride.

We are still exploring alternative options to the traditional camp, and will release more information as it becomes available.

If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 316-322-4800.


5-15-20

EHS Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Material Drop-off:
On Wednesday May 20th and Thursday May 21st, all underclassmen will be returning school materials to EHS Main Campus. Please adhere to the assigned schedule below; this is designed to meet all CDC safety and security guidelines.

EMS drop off schedule
The plan for tech, instrument, and classroom material drop off is detailed below:
• All vehicles will enter at the west entrance to the main parking lot from McCollum.
• Please follow the signs and direction cones.
• All students must check in at each station.
• All individuals must remain in their vehicles.

1. You will start at the bottom west parking lot by the library (#1) and you will turn in any classroom materials, library books, calculators, etc at this station. You will also be able to pick up any academic or sports letters here as well.

2. You will then proceed to the main drive and turn right. Your next station (#2)will be the band room doors. Here you will drop off all school technology and band instruments. Once you have visited both stations, you will leave the main lot and exit using the same west entrance.

EHS underclassmen map


5-14-20

Due to weather concerns, the senior cap and gown pick up scheduled for today has been delayed to an 11:30 a.m. start time.


5-12-20

senior info

Senior Graduation Cap and Gown Pick Up:
Thursday, May 14, and Friday, May 15, from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
All Jostens materials must be paid for prior to pick up. Seniors should also plan to return all school materials and technology during these pick up days.

EMS Material Drop Off Instructions:
Wednesday, May 20, drop off will be organized by the first letter of the student's last name:
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    A-E
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  F-J
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM    K-O
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM      P-T
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM      U-Z

On Thursday, May 21, anyone who missed their time on May 20 can drop off materials between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

If you have an instrument, textbook, or library books, proceed straight to the bus lane to drop them off, then continue to the main circle drive. If you do NOT have an instrument, any textbooks, or library books turn at main circle drive.

In the main circle drive, everyone stops for iPad drop off. Sixth and seventh grade yearbooks will be located in front of the main doors.

All eighth graders will stop at the eighth grade pick-up for a recognition shirt and yearbook, if ordered.

There are only 20 yearbooks left! Get yours if you have not already ordered. They will be available first-come, first-served at the yearbook pick-up location in the main drive.

EMS drop off map

Blackmore Device Drop Off Instructions:
Devices can be dropped off in the bus lane of Blackmore on Wednesday, May 20, from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. or Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Grandview Device Drop Off Instructions:
We will be collecting the iPads on Wednesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 21st. The staff will be here to collect the devices and power cords from 8 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on May 20th and from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on May 21st. As we did with the roll-out, we’ll ask grades 3-5 to drop off on the backside of the school using the bus lanes and grades KG-2 to drop off in the front.

Skelly Device Drop Off Instructions:
Devices can be dropped off in the bus lane of Skelly on Wednesday, May 20, from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. or Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


5-8-20

EHS Principal Bruce Lolling and Senior Class Vice President Nate Walker created a video to share the Class of 2020 graduation plans.

Senior Awards Ceremony
On May 16, at 7:00 p.m., the senior awards will be live-streamed via YouTube from the EHS auditorium. A link to the live stream will be emailed to EHS seniors and their parents prior to the event. Mr. Lolling, Mr. Vang, Mrs. Sampoll, and Ms. Balderas will emcee the event.

The senior awards stream will include:

  • Pre-recorded speeches from student leaders
  • Recognition of school accomplishments
    • Honor cords and medals
    • Activity cords (FCCLA and DECA)
  • Recognition of accomplishments outside of school
    • Military honors
    • Scholarships/Grants

Diploma Presentations
Diploma presentations have been tentatively scheduled for May 18-20. These dates will be dependent upon Governor Kelly advancing the state to Phase II of the Ad Astra reopening plan, which will be no earlier than May 18.

Students will receive an email asking them to select a time slot (which are divided into 10 minute increments) between 1:00 and 8:00 p.m. on May 18 or May 20, or between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on May 19.

They can invite up to five family members to join them for an individual diploma presentation. Students and their families will enter through the "busses only" lane and will be directed by EHS staff on where to park. They will enter the building at entrance D (near the choir room).

One of the invited guests will stand on the stage to hand the diploma and award certificates to the graduate as they cross the stage while an administrator reads their name.

There will be a backdrop and a photographer in the auditorium to help commemorate the occasion. The graduate will then exit through the south door, where they can pick up their diploma cover before exiting the building.

Administration requests that families arrive in no more than two cars due to limited parking spaces and tight time constraints.

Virtual Graduation Ceremony
Assuming Phase II begins May 18, Principal Lolling plans to have a Virtual Graduation video ready by May 22. A YouTube link will be sent to parents and students, and it will be shared on social media.

This video will include a welcome from Principal Lolling, student speeches, the senior video, the diploma presentations, and senior PowerPoint.

Traditional Graduation Ceremony
On July 11, there will be a traditional graduation ceremony in the EHS gym. Rehearsal will be at 10:00 a.m., and any student who wishes to participate in the traditional ceremony must attend the rehearsal.

The ceremony will be at 7:00 p.m. and will include a processional, welcome from EHS Senior Class President Blake Wiebe, a guest speaker, recognition of students, tassel move and cap toss, and recessional. Students will receive the after grad souvenir since they will have already received their diplomas.

An after grad party will be thrown following the ceremony.

EHS administrators request that students or their parents email Julie Balderas (jebalderas@eldoradoschools.org) a list of all scholarships, awards, grants, military enlistments, etc. that have been offered and accepted, especially ones that are not affiliated with USD 490, so they can be included in the recognition announcements and ceremonies.

Here is the YouTube video explaining the plans:



5-4-20

Rain or shine, we will be handing out meals today! If the weather doesn't cooperate, staff may wait indoors, but they will still hand out meals. Just pull up like normal and someone will come out to deliver them. Thanks to the Butler County Health Department, today's meal pick-up will also include activity bags! There will be one activity bag per child while supplies last.

Meals can be picked up in the bus lanes of Blackmore, Skelly, and El Dorado High School from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and at Quail Ridge and Walnut River apartment complexes from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Meals are available for anyone age 18 or younger. They must be present to receive the meals. All meals are served grab-and-go style. Five days worth of meals will be served during the two pick-up days. Two breakfasts and lunches will be provided on Mondays and three breakfasts and lunches will be provided on Wednesdays.


4-27-20

We began sharing an encouraging Morning Message on Facebook and Twitter today. Today's message was from Superintendent Teresa Tosh. Be sure to check our social media pages each day to see a new message!

Facebook: eldorado.schools

Twitter: @eldoradousd490


4-22-20

Thanks to the support of Kansas Public Broadcasters, Kansas students will receive supplemental education content by way of a new television program produced by Kansas PBS stations and KSDE, and hosted by local teachers.

The new program called Learning Across Kansas began airing the week of April 20.

Each 30-minute segment, individually produced for elementary, middle school, and high school students, will feature grade-specific educational content delivered by our very own Kansas teachers who serve on KSDE's Conintuous Learning Task Force.

A complete listing of program times is available here: https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/Communications-and-Recognition-Programs/Learning-Across-Kansas


4-20-20

Due to the temporary closure of school buildings, Kindergarten Round-Up will look a little different this year.

Even though there will not be an in-person event, we would still like to know if you have a child who will be five years old on or before August 31, 2020, and planning to attend Kindergarten in USD 490 next school year.

By letting us know now that your child intends to join us for Kindergarten in the fall, we can pre-register your child. This ensures parents receive important information and helps staff prepare for welcoming your child.

Kindergarten is an imporant year in your child’s education, as it helps them learn critical foundational skills that will serve them throughout their educational journey.

Please call one of our elementary school offices or email DeDe Pierce at dlpierce@eldoradoschools.org.


4-16-20

The district has created two Facebook profile frames that are available for public use.


In This Together Frame
In This Together Frame  


I Love a Senior Frame
I Love a Senior Frame


4-15-20

PIE did a quick fundraiser to help make sure every USD 490 senior will be able to receive a Class of 2020 yard sign with their name on it. This is one of the projects designed to celebrate and recognize our senior class.

senior signs


4-14-20

USD 490 teachers have been coordinating continuous learning for students.

Teachers are preparing lessons in non-traditional formats for students to complete assignments and activities at home.

While the specifics vary between classes and grade levels, one thing is consistent throughout: flexibility.

Using a mixture of virtual and printed resources, our teachers are working hard to make sure all of their students have the tools and support they need in order to thrive in this new learning environment.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see some of their creativity!

Twitter: @eldoradousd490

Facebook: eldorado.schools


4-13-20

There WILL be meal pick-up available today!

Meals can be picked up Mondays and Wednesdays in the bus lanes of Blackmore, Skelly, and El Dorado High School from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and at Quail Ridge and Walnut River apartment complexes from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Meals are available for anyone age 18 or younger. They must be present to receive the meals. All meals are served grab-and-go style. Five days worth of meals will be served during the two pick-up days. Two breakfasts and lunches will be provided on Mondays and three breakfasts and lunches will be provided on Wednesdays.


4-10-20

Tonight, we will have the BG stadium lights on from 8:20 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. and 20 secs (2020) honoring our seniors. We will be participating in this with schools across the nation. Please do a reverse parade and drive through the parking lot practicing safe social distancing during this time.


4-9-20

There is no school tomorrow or Monday (April 10 & 13) so packet pick up for next week will be Tuesday (April 14). There WILL still be meal distribution on Monday at the same times and locations.


4-8-20

Don't forget: Today's meal pick up will include 3 breakfasts and lunches! There will be no meal distribution on Friday.

Meals can be picked up Mondays and Wednesdays in the bus lanes of Blackmore, Skelly, and El Dorado High School from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and at Quail Ridge and Walnut River apartment complexes from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Meals are available for anyone age 18 or younger. They must be present to receive the meals. All meals are served grab-and-go style. Five days worth of meals will be served during the two pick-up days. Two breakfasts and lunches will be provided on Mondays and three breakfasts and lunches will be provided on Wednesdays.

4-6-20

There has been a slight change to meal distribution beginning today, April 6. Meals will only be distributed on Mondays and Wednesdays. They will be at the same times and locations, but Wednesday's meal pick up will include three breakfasts and lunches instead of two.

Meals can be picked up in the bus lanes of Blackmore, Skelly, and El Dorado High School from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and at Quail Ridge and Walnut River apartment complexes from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Anyone 18 years old or younger desiring a meal must be present at the time the meal is being picked up. Meals will be handed into vehicles so students can stay in the vehicle to receive the meals. Children are also able to walk up to meal distribution sites and take their meals to-go.


4-3-20

Dear Kids,

We MISS YOU! We think about you all the time! Please join us for lunch TODAY!

Pickup at SKELLY, BLACKMORE and EHS 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Walnut River Apts. and Quail Ridge Apts. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

PS..... If you get parent permission, please email a photo of you eating one of our lunches! We can't wait to see the smiling faces and we will keep taking pictures too so you can see all that has been going on! Be safe, wash your hands and eat your veggies!!!

Email pics to clspears@eldoradoschools.org

Sincerely,

USD 490/OPAA! Food Service


3-31-20

Skelly hosted a virtual parade to let students know they are thinking of them.


3-30-20

Distance Learning begins today! If you are not sure how to access your child's continuous learning information, please contact your building principal.


3-27-20

El Dorado High School, El Dorado Middle School, and Blackmore Elementary hosted reverse parades on March 26 to let students know they missed them and encourage them to keep their spirits up.

Families were able to drive by and wave to staff members who were spread out along the driveways, holding signs and saying hello to students and their families.

As we continue through the rest of this semester, district staff will continue to find creative ways to keep in contact with students and support families.

Grandview staff will parade through neighborhoods at 6:00 p.m. on March 27.

Skelly will host a reverse parade on March 30 at 6:30 p.m. - CANCELLED

REMINDER:

School playgrounds are closed to the public.


3-26-20

Here are the locations and times to pick up your child's belongings.

Blackmore: in the bus lane (behind the school) on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Grandview: PreK - 2nd grade use the main drop-off lane, 3rd - 5th grade use the bus lane (behind the building) on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Skelly: Use the bus lane on Thursday and the main drop-off on Friday. Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

EMS: 6th and 7th grade use the main drop-off and 8th grade will use the bus lane (near the 8th grade hall). Pick up times are on Thursday and are based on the student's last name.

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Last names A - E
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Last names F - J
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Last names K - O
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Last names P - T
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Last names U - Z

Any student who did not pick up their belongings on Thursday may pick them up on Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

EHS: By appointment only. Please contact the high school at 316-322-4810.


3-25-20

Building principals are sending out information about how to pick up your child(ren)'s belongings. Please be sure to check your email.


3-23-20

In accordance with Governor Kelly’s Executive Order 20-07, all school buildings are closed to the public until May 31. No outside groups may rent or utilize any of our school facilities while they are closed. If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 316-322-4800.


3-20-20

As we design what Continuous Learning looks like in USD 490, we need your input! Please take a minute to complete this survey and help us develop our plan. https://forms.gle/XUZzBL9A1ALrDr7v6

If your child has medication at school, nursing staff will be calling Monday to schedule a time for you to come pick it up.


3-19-20

As we navigate our way through this uncharted territory, we know that questions will arise. Please use this link to help us capture those questions and to get you the answers you need. Here's the link...
https://forms.gle/KMJWMGrCf4qx9gJC6

Any lunch money remaining in a student's account at the end of the school year is automatically rolled over to the next school year. If you would like to have your child's remaining lunch money refunded instead, please let us know and we will be happy to get a refund processed for you. Email your name, your child's name and that you want a refund to usd490@eldoradoschools.org . We will get them processed as quickly as possible. You may also call your child's school office or the district office after they reopen on Monday, March 23.


3-18-20

Beginning Monday, March 23, USD 490 & OPAA! will provide meal pick up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Meals can be picked up in the bus lanes of Blackmore, Skelly, and El Dorado High School from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and at Quail Ridge and Walnut River apartment complexes from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Anyone 18 years old or younger desiring a meal must be present at the time the meal is being picked up. Food containers will be handed into vehicles so students can stay in the vehicle to receive the meals. Children are also able to walk up to meal distribution sites and take their meals to-go.



3-17-2020


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.

Thank you!

Teresa Tosh
Superintendent



3-15-2020

The following was released from the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA):

Effective Monday, March 16, all spring sports and activities are suspended through Sunday, March 22. This includes cancellation of all practices and competitions for this week. This prohibition is consistent with KSDE and governmental guidance and may be extended, should conditions warrant. Please note spring sports team members are prohibited from club or outside team participation and practice during this period. Not only would such outside participation be contrary to handbook rule, it would be contrary to the very reason activities are cancelled during the time we seek to mitigate potential transfer of the contagion. For more information, please visit kshsaa.org.

 


 

3-13-2020

 

Dear USD 490 Families and Colleagues ,

 

As we enter spring break, I want to take a moment to update you on our response to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

 

We are closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Butler County Health Department, and the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE). Our goal is to be well prepared to both prevent the spread of the disease as well as to be prepared if it arrives in El Dorado.

 

Our custodial staff are working diligently to deeply clean and disinfect our buildings and we

have put plans in place to do additional cleanings over the break.

 

So, the question becomes how will USD 490 respond IF there is a confirmed case of COVID-19. We will take the lead from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Butler County Health Department to determine our response. They truly are the health professionals who will help us determine the best next steps to keep our students and staff safe. The health experts will help guide decisions regarding school closures as well.

 

In the meantime, there are some key things you can do to help prevent the spread of germs and to prevent illness.

• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces – including cell phones, TV remotes, toys, etc.

• If you are ill, stay home until you are fever free for at least 24 hours without medication.

 

Keep in mind that children may not understand everything that is going on with COVID-19 and it can be scary for them. Reassure them that there are health professionals working to stop the spread of this disease and empower them to help by washing their hands and practicing good hygiene.

 

We will continue to monitor the developments with COVID-19 and keep you informed as well.

 

You can always reach out to me at ttosh@eldoradoschools.org if you have any questions.

 

I truly appreciate your help in keeping our schools safe and I wish you a safe and healthy spring break!

 

Sincerely,

Teresa Tosh

 



What is Coronavirus, or COVID-19?

It is a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020. This is an ongoing investigation and information is changing rapidly. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Centers for Disease Control's website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has created a Fact Sheet: COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Fact Sheet

which is available on their COVID-19 Resource Center.


The Butler County Health Department has a resource page as well: https://www.bucoks.com/760/COVID-19-Resource-Page

There is also a comic that can help explain the virus to children: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus