3/12/20 COVID-19 DISTRICT UPDATE
USD 250 continues to actively monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in conjunction with local and federal health authorities.
Today, 3/12/20, District Administration attended a Crawford County Emergency Planning committee meeting where representatives from local emergency management and government entities discussed a plan of action.
Our district administration joined a call with KSDE issuing guidance to Kansas School Districts. Kansas Education Leaders took action to give Commissioner Randy Watson broad authority to waive public school laws if health officials close school because of coronavirus. Watson said he could use that authority only if local health officials ordered schools to close.
If the local or state health department closes a school because of coronavirus (14 days), the school has three options. Those are:
1. Make up the missed time prior to June 30.
2. Submit a proposal to KSDE for online learning that can be counted as time in school. There are specific requirements on that and will be difficult to meet, Watson said.
3. Submit to Watson and State Board to waive the legally required number of days and hours that school must be in session.
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District Administration and Directors also met together to inform and develop plans considering current information.
The USD 250 Board of Education held an emergency meeting this evening, 3/12/20. Because of the rapidly evolving nature of this situation, the following decisions were made for the safety of our students and staff.
- We are suspending school-sponsored student and staff travel to and from the district until further notice. This excludes our students who travel to neighboring communities as their daily attendance center.
- At the recommendation of KSDE, we respectfully request that those traveling outside of the country or to known hotspots report to the local health department to be cleared to return to work or school.
- Our staff will continue to follow daily procedures and work diligently to clean our schools thoroughly with hospital grade disinfectant, which kills viruses and decontamination cleaning systems that sanitize both hard and soft surfaces killing viruses and bacteria.
- We urge our community to follow recommended practices by local health authorities. It is critical that students and staff who are ill stay home.
Updates from the district will be posted to www.usd250.org.
We will continue to be in communication with KDHE and our local health department regarding any decisions concerning school closure.
The district is working on contingency plans to meet the needs of our students should we be required to close schools.
This is a fluid situation subject to change at any time.
As always, the safety of our students, staff, and families remain a top priority, and we will act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health and well-being.