COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
In our efforts to keep our students, staff and families informed with the latest information on COVID-19 or Coronavirus, please use this page as a reference for District communications regarding COVID-19 and other helpful resources.
This global health event impacts us all. It requires us to take careful precautions and to follow the advice provided by public health experts.
USD 250 closed for the remainder of the school year
At 4:00 today, 3/17/20, Governor Laura Kelly announced the closing of all Kansas schools through the remainder of the school year. School districts, however, have been tasked with designing educational plans to meet student needs for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. With this recommendation, as well as our own concern for the safety and well-being of our students and families, USD 250 Pittsburg Community Schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The district will be working over the next few weeks to design various types of learning opportunities for our students with the guidance provided by KDHE.
We understand this brings many questions and concerns from our community. District Leadership in partnership with the Board of Education has started working through our next steps as a district.
Here is what we know now:
- Spring Break, March 23-27, will remain student and staff time off as scheduled.
- USD 250 will continue to provide meals until March 20 and begin again following Spring Break on March 30.
- The following week, March 30- April 3, will be a planning week for our staff to implement the plan provided by the Kansas Extended Learning Task Force.
- USD 250 will make every effort to provide opportunities to our Dragons for continual learning with the guidelines provided by KDHE. We will take every Dragon into consideration moving forward.
We ask for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation and work through additional details. As we have more specifics about what services we will be able to provide for families in need during this closure, we will communicate through our regular means.
DISTRICT OFFICE HOURS
If you have a need that is not covered in this information please call our District Office or your school building between the hours of 8:00 am-Noon. We will do our best to answer your questions.
Please be patient with our team, we are working diligently through this rapidly changing situation.
STUDENT PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS
All student prescription medications have been delivered to Community Health Center for pick-up. Please contact CHC School Health Line at 620-240-5061 for more information.
FOOD SERVICES ROUTE
FREE meals will be provided to all ages 0-18. Children must be present to receive a meal or a Parent with a district-issued Meal Card. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for curbside pickup following the route schedule. All deliveries will be made on a USD 250 school bus. Please notify the bus attendant of any dietary restrictions.
DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING COVID-19
PRECAUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The District is taking a number of precautions to minimize the risk to our students, staff and families:
- We are asking all of our families to monitor their student’s health, as well as their own. If their child is sick with flu-like symptoms, fever, cough or shortness of breath, we are recommending that parents and guardians seek medical treatment and keep the child home from school. We are also asking staff and visitors to follow these same precautions.
- Our staff follows daily procedures and works 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 will continue to be in communication with KDHE and our local health dept regarding any decisions concerning school closure.
We encourage all students, staff and community members to follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. School staff have access to preventive products like disposable wipes and hand sanitizer to use throughout the day to stop the spread of germs. District custodial staff utilize hospital-grade disinfectants and decontamination cleaning systems that sanitize both hard and soft surfaces killing viruses and bacteria.
- Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care. Children who are ill should remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- CDC: COVID-19 FAQ
- CDC: What you need to know about COVID-19
- CDC: What to do if you are sick
- KDHE Travel Guidelines
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- Kansas State Department of Education
- Crawford County Health
- Kansas State High School Activities Association