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

USD 490 Gating Criteria

USD 490 Exposure Guidelines

COVID-19 Self-Screening Guide

Face Covering Information

What You Should Know About COVID-19

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

Stop the Spread

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:

Extend High School

El Dorado Middle School:

Blackmore Elementary:

Grandview Elementary:

Skelly Elementary:

Here are links to the parent and student resources:

Technology Resources for Parents and Students

Parent Resources: iPad Apps

Middle School iPad Apps

Student Resources

OPAA! Meal Reheating Instructions

Greenbush has also shared some 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.



Here is this week's Surveillance Report. We are still in Green in the Gating Criteria and will continue with Onsite instruction next week.

925 Surveillance Report


Here is the recording of this morning's Talk O' Tuesday:


If you have questions, comments, or kudos you would like to share for next week's, please enter them here:


Soccer Postponement
Due to potential COVID-19 exposure, our EHS soccer team has been advised to quarantine by the Butler County Health Department. All EHS soccer games scheduled for September 21 through October 2 have been postponed. We will try our best to reschedule them.

Talk O' Tuesday
Due to technical difficulties during the Zoom, the September 15 Talk O' Tuesday was not able to be uploaded. Our next one is tomorrow, September 22, at 9:00 a.m. If there are questions, comments, or kudos you would like to share ahead of time, please use this link:


Here is this week's Surveillance Report. The district is still in Green for the Gating Criteria and will continue in the onsite learning model next week. #PartofthePride #ReadyToGoIn490

918 Surveillance report


Don't forget to join us for this week's Talk O' Tuesday at 9 AM!
This virtual meeting will allow parents to discuss what they feel is going well about the schools reopening, challenges they are facing, and to ask questions. All principals and district administrators will be on the Zoom to help answer those questions and listen to the feedback. All sessions will be recorded for those who are unable to tune in live. Here is the link for anyone who would like to submit questions ahead of time:

These Zooms will take place each Tuesday in September at 9:00 a.m.:

• Sept. 15
• Sept. 22
• Sept. 29


USD 490 is happy to announce that effective September 16, ALL students enrolled in USD 490 will be able to receive FREE breakfast and FREE lunch!

This applies to all students, regardless of whether they are attending onsite or remotely. Drive-thru Grab-n-Go meal pick up for hybrid/remote learners will be in the El Dorado High School bus lanes from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Current meal ordering procedures for USD 490 students will not change and are necessary for accurate meal preparation.

This program will continue through December 2020 or until federal funds are no longer available, whichever is sooner.

This would be a great time to encourage your child(ren) to try school meals!

It is extremely important that you complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application if you have not done so already. Meal applications and lunch status of our students has an impact on our state funding. Keep in mind that this program for free meals is only temporary. As we begin 2021, meal charging will resume and be based on student’s lunch status.

Free meals are also available to ALL children ages 1-18, even if they are not USD 490 students. Drive-thru Grab-n-Go meals can be picked up in the bus lanes at El Dorado High School (401 McCollum Road) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. daily. There is no need for community members to pre-order.


Weekly Surveillance Report

911 Surveillance Report


Internet maybe an issue for some families, so we have multiple ways to support them.

1) If you are looking for free internet access around town,I have worked with others to provide places where you can go such as the City Library, YMCA, restaurants, and outsides schools. I have those listed on our website. And if somebody else has a place that is being offered please let me know to add it to the list. YMCA is also offering scholarships for low cost membership so you can ask for more details at the front desk of the YMCA.


2) Since last Spring, we worked with PIE and provided an opportunity through Cox Cable where free and reduced families could signup for Cox Connect2Compete for a monthly fee of $9.95. We had multiple families be able to do that.  If you are signed up currently we are working with Cox and Butler County to try and get that monthly fee covered through December.

3) Now I am working with Cox and Butler County to identify free and reduced families (139 families are in our list) that currently do not have Cox Internet service but would be eligible because they are in an area that Cox Services support. If your family falls into those two areas you will be provided an opportunity to signup in the near future for Cox Connect2Compete as they pass that info to the district. The district will be sharing a link for you to signup for the low cost 9.95 internet if you choose with the first four months $9.95 fee covered by a County grant.

4) We continue to look for other ways to provide access for all of our families including a rural option through the county using Velocity from Butler Rural Electric. We are still waiting for more information from Butler County.


Here is the recording of the Sept. 8 Questions, Comments, and Kudos Zoom. This virtual meeting allowed parents to discuss what they felt went well about the school reopening, challenges they are facing, and to ask questions. All principals and district administrators were on the Zoom to help answer those questions and listen to the feedback. All sessions will be recorded for those who are unable to tune in live. Here is the link for anyone who would like to submit questions ahead of time:

These Zooms will take place each Tuesday in September at 9:00 a.m.:

  • Sept. 8
  • Sept. 15
  • Sept. 22
  • Sept. 29


Each week we will be sending out an update on positive COVID-19 cases and current quarantine numbers for our district. This update will also include the gating criteria category and learning model the district will be in for the following week. Below is the update for the first week and a half of school.

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The USD 490 Gating Criteria Committee has met and gone over the numbers for our district. We are happy to announce that the district will move back to onsite instruction beginning Tuesday, September 8. Families who chose the in-person option for their students can begin sending them every day. Families who chose Hybrid or Remote options, can continue with those choices, and will not be affected by this decision.

The Gating Criteria Committee plans to meet weekly, or more often if it becomes necessary, to go over key components of the KSDE Gating Criteria and will use that data to determine which colored column of the gating criteria we are currently in. This will determine whether the district is considered onsite, hybrid, or remote.

Parents will always have the option to choose an option that is more restrictive than the district's current model, but will not be able to choose one that is less restrictive. For example, if the district is in hybrid, parents could still choose to have their students learn remotely, but they could not choose completely onsite. If the district is in remote, all students would be remote.

It is important to note that while we want to give parents as much notice as possible of any changes to the district learning model, there may be instances where we receive a call from the health department that requires us to move an individual classroom, building, or the entire district to a remote format for the following day. Please know that we will pass that information on as quickly as possible so you can make any necessary arrangements.

Changes have been coming fast and furious as we've pioneered reopening schools in our area. Thank you all for your resilience and patience as we've worked to identify which plans are working well, and areas where we can improve to make the new protocols easier on students, staff, and families. Communication is a key component to a healthy school system and we appreciate your feedback as we work through this together.

We are grateful to have you as #PartofthePride!


KSDE Gating Criteria has been approved for USD 490 schools. The gating criteria also includes some updates to the USD 490 Event Guidelines for Spectators. Some key changes include:

  • Each athlete will be allocated spectator vouchers based on approximately 25% venue capacity.
  • Band, Cheer, and Dance will perform at all home games.
  • No tailgating at competitions.
  • Student sections will be approved on a game-by-game basis to allow for special events like Senior Night. (Athletes will be allocated 6 vouchers for Senior Night.)

To see the full list of guidelines, please click on the KSDE Gating Criteria link above.


Superintendent Teresa Tosh shared this Remote Learning update.




The Butler County Health Department has released new student illness protocols for our schools.

• If a student goes home due to fever, the student must be fever-free, without the aid of medication, for 48 hours before
  returning to school. If parents have questions, they should call the Butler County Health Department or their primary
  care physician.
• If a student goes home due to two or more COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, parents should contact the Butler County
  Health Department or personal physician for further information and obtain a release to return to school.

There have been a wide range of symptoms reported by people who have had COVID-19, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Those who are experiencing the following symptoms may have COVID-19:

• Fever or chills
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Headache
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea

Click here to view the USD 490 COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines.


Here is some preliminary information on internet access. We will release more as soon as we have more information from the county.

Internet Access 2020

Based upon new AVCTL and Patriot League rules

• Spectators will be limited to 2 per participant with a maximum of 25% capacity of the venue.
• Each participant will get 2 event specific tickets they will be responsible to distribute to their 2 spectators
• EHS Students can attend any football game and soccer match by showing their ID and buying a ticket. They must
  have a ticket from a participant to attend Volleyball. This would also be subject to venue capacity limits
• Temperatures will be checked as Spectators enter the venue
• Spectators will show these tickets and turn these tickets in when they pay at the ticket booth.
• Hand sanitizer will be available at the concession stand and bathrooms.
• Leaving and re entering will not be allowed at these events
• All passes will be suspended until spectator restrictions are lifted
• This includes staff ID, USD 490 sports passes, EHS Booster club passes, El Dorado lifetime passes, and league
• Spectators are expected to wear masks at all events.
• Spectators are expected to wear a mask at the bathrooms and concessions stand
• Spectators should sit as family groups and social distance from other Spectators.
• Spectators will not be allowed near participant groups or on fields / courts. Only essential personnel will be allowed
  near participants.
• All of these spectator guidelines are subject to change based on local conditions.

Subject to board approval on August 31st, 2020


Food Service has finalized plans for ordering breakfast and lunch for students who are learning remotely. If they are in-person, they will order meals in school. For remote days, they will need to order online if they would like to receive meals.

Breakfast and Lunch pick up is available everyday for USD 490 students who are attending remotely from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The EHS bus lane will be the pick up location no matter which USD 490 school your student actually attends.

Pick up orders must be placed by 9:30 a.m. DAILY, so lunch staff has time to prepare the to-go meals. Orders are placed by going to  An order must be submitted for EACH student separately to assist with meal planning.

The menu for remote meals can be found at

Meals will be charged to the student's account the same as if they were eating in school. Those picking up meals will be asked to provide USD 490 student information for verification. Students do not have to be present during meal pickup; however, student information must be provided for EACH student receiving a meal.


If you ordered a 2019-2020 EHS yearbook, they will be available to pick up at EHS tomorrow night from 7-8 PM. They also have a few extra copies for sale if you did not already order one, but would like to have one. If you have questions, please call EHS at 316-322-4810.

EHS has released guidance for students and parents for reopening:

For the EHS Open House, teachers will be spread out and grouped by seminar grade level. Sophomore and Junior seminar teachers will be in the West "Main" parking lot and Senior seminar teachers will be in the East "Rec Center" parking lot. Students and families will find their seminar teacher in the designated lot and check out their laptops from their seminar teacher.

Freshmen and new students will check out their laptops in the West "Faculty" lot. Freshman seminar teachers will be facilitating the check out process.

Students can also pick up yearbooks from the 2019-2020 school year, drop off medications for students with the school nurse, get a schedule change form from the counselors, and pay any fees at the circle drive by the main entrance.

Please refer to the map below.

EHS laptop pick up


Several schools have put together a virtual Open House to welcome parents and students.

El Dorado High School


El Dorado Middle School


Blackmore Elementary


Grandview Elementary


Skelly Elementary

Skelly Virtual Open House


Update on device pick up

PreK-8th grade device pick up will be Thursday, Aug. 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

EHS laptop rollout/ID pick up will be Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 7-8 p.m.

All of these will be drive-through style. Please check your email for more details from your individual school. EMS has specific areas of the parking lot for each grade level. Please see the map below. Click here for the EMS Open House link.

We are getting #ReadyToGoIn490!

EMS device pick up map


EHS has released information about their reformatted schedule. Instead of a nine period block schedule, they will be using a 4 x 4 schedule for first semester. This means that students will focus on four classes every day for the first nine-weeks, then work on four different classes for the second nine-weeks.

This will allow students to focus on fewer classes at a time as well as allow for the flexibility to transition between in-person, hybrid, and remote learning, if needed. Check out the video below for more information.


4 x 4 block


Due to enrollment numbers, we made a slight tweak to the last name groupings for our Hybrid learning model. Group A will include last names that begin with A-E (previously A-F) and Group B will include last names F-L (previously G-L). Groups C and D will remain unchanged with last names M-R and S-Z, respectively. Just as a recap and reminder:

Group A: Last names A-E
Group B: Last names F-L
Group C: Last names M-R
Group D: Last names S-Z

Groups A&B will meet in-person on Mondays and Wednesdays and will work remotely on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Groups C&D will meet in-person on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will work remotely on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

For families who have multiple last names in the same household, we are still fine-tuning groupings that will allow members of the same household to attend on the same days, regardless of last name. We will be reaching out to you individually to discuss which days your family would attend in-person for the Hybrid learning model.

As a district we will be in Hybrid 1 from August 26 through September 4. As long as there are no changes between now and then, students who chose in-person can begin five days per week in-person when they return on September 8. If you chose remote, you are not affected by the district's decision to begin in the Hybrid model. Your child can still attend remotely all five days each week.

Also, since the pandemic has made it necessary to not share school supplies, the middle school has added a few items to their school supply list. Instead of being separated by grade level as it has in the past, it is now one list for the whole school. A reusable water bottle was also added to all other grade level supply lists. There have been no other changes to the elementary or high school school supply lists at this time. The updated list can be found on our district website:

If you have any questions, please give us a call at the District Office 316-322-4800, and please watch your email. As more information about the start of school becomes available, and as changes arise, we will continue to share it with you as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your patience as we work to be #ReadyToGoIn490. We are glad you are #PartofthePride!


Here is the recorded Remote Learning 101 Zoom from August 11:
As we get more details finalized, we will be sure to share those with you.


At last night's Board of Education meeting, the board voted to begin the school year in the Hybrid 1 model. This means that half of our students will attend in-person on August 26 and half will attend in-person on August 27. On August 28, all students will work remotely.

August 31 - September 4, we will continue the Hybrid 1 model, with half of our students attending in-person on Monday and Wednesday and working remotely on Tuesday and Thursday, while the other half do the opposite (working remotely Monday/Wednesday and in-person Tuesday/Thursday). All students will work remotely on Friday, September 4.

Parents who selected for their child(ren) to attend remote-only will not be affected by this decision. They can still attend remotely every day.

We may need to adjust the last name groupings based upon our enrollment numbers. We will release those groupings as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to fine-tune plans. If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to your school office or the district office.


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.


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.


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


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

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

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 Learning only

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

Parents will have the 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 Highlights2


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



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:

Staff Survey:

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


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:



Here is the timeline for reopening planning:

Reopening timeline


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 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.


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


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 or on the district website.

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, or check the USD 490 Home Page for updates.


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, or check the USD 490 Home Page for updates.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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 ( 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:


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.


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


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:


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


USD 490/OPAA! Food Service


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


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


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


School playgrounds are closed to the public.


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.


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


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.


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.

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


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...

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 . 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.


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.


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)
● Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
● Butler County Health Department

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


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





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 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!



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:

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:

There is also a comic that can help explain the virus to children: