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School Year 20/21 Information

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

Emporia Public Schools and Lyon County Public Health (LCPH) have been working collaboratively to have students and staff on-site safely during the 2020-2021 school year.  The current environment created by COVID-19 is now affecting the daily operations of our schools to the point that the district will pivot in the coming days to full-time remote learning for students in grades 3-12. At this time, students in grades PreK-2 will continue to learn on-site, with the exception of those who have previously chosen remote learning.  Unless there is additional action taken by the Board of Education, this transition will take place beginning on Monday, November 23, 2020, and continue through Monday, January 18, 2021. During this period, sports and extracurricular activities will be allowed to continue.

We have planned for and encouraged families to be prepared for this scenario and intend to make the transition as smooth as possible for our students and staff.  Your student(s) will be taking home necessary supplies for their remote learning experience and will use their district-issued Chromebook to participate with their class and their teacher.  Further communication for your students’ learning will be sent to their district email. Additionally, principals from each building will be communicating with students and families regarding the on-site cohort group that will continue in each building.

Over the course of the next few weeks, district staff, along with LCPH will continue to monitor the COVID metrics as well as the number of staff and students in quarantine.  This will help to determine if more time is needed in the remote learning environment or if PreK-2 classes should also transition to remote learning. Families are also encouraged to sign up for remote lunches by using the order form on the district website http://www.usd253.org/.

We appreciate our ongoing partnership with our staff, parents, guardians, and our local health department. We remain committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. Please help us keep students on-site by following the same mitigation strategies in the community as we are in our schools.  This includes wearing a mask in public, social distancing, avoiding large and small gatherings, washing your hands frequently, and staying home when you don’t feel well. If you have questions regarding academics or curriculum contact your school.  If you have questions regarding COVID-19 please contact Community Relations at community.relations@usd253.net

Emporia Public Schools

Community Relations


Thank you for your patience as our dedicated team of staff and administrators work through the details of our back to school 2020 plan that focuses on our guiding principles of student and staff safety and learning equity. After a great deal of planning and feedback, a draft of our plan is below. Please know that we are committed to developing a fluid plan that will allow our students to receive the best learning experience possible. All plans are subject to change based on the recommendations and/or order of the public health department.

 


USD 253 Parent Resource Guide for Online Learning

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Emporia Public Schools and Lyon County Public Health (LCPH) have been working collaboratively since the COVID-19 pandemic began.  Today, I want to let you know that the district has gathered and reviewed the COVID-19 data and as a result will be moving to step 2 of the secondary hybrid learning model beginning on Wednesday, September 30th and will continue until the board takes additional action.  Step 2 includes the onsite cohort group plus an additional 25% of the student population at both Emporia Middle School and Emporia High School.  On average, secondary students will be on-site one day every week. More information regarding schedules for secondary students will be shared in the next few days.  At this time there will not be any change in our current preK-5th grade learning environment.

The district will continue to practice a variety of health and safety measures designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. These include mandatory face coverings, social distancing, frequent hand-washing and the regular cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces and common spaces. In addition, we ask that you please continue to monitor your child for symptoms including:

  • Fever (100.4 or higher)               
  • Chills, muscles or body aches, stiffness or rigidity
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty of breathing.)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting

We appreciate our ongoing partnership with our parents and our local health department and remain committed to the safety and wellness of our students and staff. If you have questions regarding academics or curriculum contact your students’ school.  If you have questions regarding COVID-19 please contact Community Relations at community.relations@usd253.net

– Superintendent, Kevin Case

Health & Community Resources:

Kansas Department of Health and Environment http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/

Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html

KASB: https://kasb.org/advocacy/keyresources/ (KASB will post additional resources on this page as they become available)

NSBA Legal Guide for COVID-19: https://www.nsba.org/Resources/coronavirus/legal-guide

CDC has specific guidance for travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

CDC Self Symptom Checker: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

How will the district keep students and staff safe?
Face Coverings, Social Distancing, Hand Washing

Executive Order 20-59 – This order is in place and mandates face coverings for everyone entering a K-12 school building with the exception of those with a medical condition and children who are not students and who are under the age of 5. Additionally, it includes:

    • A health screening will be administered each time a student, staff, parent, or any other visitor enters a building for the first time each day.
    • Six feet social distancing will be in place unless a facial covering is worn
      • Arrival
      • Dismissal
      • Classroom
      • Lunch
      • Recess
      • Class changes
      • Specials
      • Large Classes
    • Hand sanitizer or washing will be required once per hour by all students and staff

Hierarchy of Mitigation Controls

Health and Safety Protocols

Updated 2020-2021 Academic Calendar
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