March 31, 2020 Attention Early Childhood Families: At this time, Southern Lyon County Child Care Centers are operating for school staff and currently enrolled children of essential medical personnel. All staff are closely following KHDE and Lyon County Health Department illness-prevention measures to keep children and staff safe during this time, as well as practicing preventive measures for cleaning and sanitizing daily. We STRONGLY urge families to have a back up plan if our child care centers are to close due to children or staff becoming ill with COVID-19. If a child, family, or staff were to test positive, USD 252 will follow guidelines/requirements of the Lyon County Health Department. We will communicate any illness or closing to families in our care. Thank you for your continued support. Be well and keep washing your hands! Laura Evins Early Childhood Coordinator
Zoom is another great tool and below is a link for a 60 second overview video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_Hjvw84wbk
Below is a link that will take you to a tutorial for Google Hangouts! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU4fYfHG-LY
As you continue to have questions concerning Covid-19, please check out the Flinthills Community Health Center's new Frequently Asked Questions page at this link. https://www.flinthillshealth.org/covid-19/covid19-faqs/
Continuous Learning Q & A Question: I am confused about the elementary daily schedule. Does my child need to attend both the 9:00 and the 1:00 session? What if I am not available to help my child during those times? Answer: Students do not have to attend both sessions. Our teachers will be delivering instruction/interacting with students during that time. Teachers will provide more specific information each week as they communicate the specific tasks for the week. If you are not able to attend a session, that's OK. These sessions are recorded and are made available by your teacher through a learning platform such as Google Classroom. Your teacher will let you know how to keep informed and connected.
As part of the Stay at Home ordered issued by Lyon County, our school playground areas are closed through the duration of the order. We appreciate your help by following this order.
Check out the link for a tutorial on Google Classroom to help parents and students learn about this online tool! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Iowi-gmbys
Parents with students in grades K-6, please fill out the following form so we can check out technology to your child. This form will need to be completed before devices can be picked up. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18UHawQZY_CUnhZXSAb7ptcJd9DvUOkQVkyi-K29R0Yk/edit
All Students in Southern Lyon County USD 252, please fill out this form regarding internet connectivity to help us guide and support efforts with instructional delivery. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe978RxEBIljxLnpe0lmO2wLJ6JynEJNUiq7naBKLRSCtEJXA/viewform
KSHSAA —The Kansas State High School Activities Association serves students by providing leadership for the administration of education based interscholastic activities— COVID-19 Update March 18, 2020 The KSHSAA is committed to the safety of our student-participants and the health of our school communities. Accordingly, in response to Governor Kelly’s Executive Order regarding the closure and cessation of in-person instruction in all Kansas schools through May 29, 2020, the KSHSAA is cancelling all spring championships, competitions, and festivals for the remainder of this school year. The KSHSAA recognizes the value of school activities for all students and school communities, but the current situation does not permit the opportunity for school activities to take place in a manner that is consistent with the very reason school activities exist. As a commitment to the health of Kansas students and communities, the best decision and only reasonable response is to cancel the regular season and post-season spring activity season. We all have an important responsibility to minimize community transmission as we embrace suggested precautions regarding COVID-19. As educators, the primary focus for our students and families is the health and well-being of each student. This action by the KSHSAA supports that effort across Kansas. The KSHSAA strongly discourages non-school activity participation at this time in an effort to mitigate the community transmission of the coronavirus. All CDC, KDHE and KSDE recommendations for preventing disease transmission should be followed at this time for any non-school activity in which a student participates. The following links provide access to those resources: CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/ KDHE: http://www.kdheks.gov/ KSDE: https://www.ksde.org/
Click on the link for the Grab 'n Go form. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdTYmx6g0S5dCaJOAEye8ZaIqCzcfeeW35yDkVgPBlZprsv5g/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1
Important Announcement 3-17-20 Today, March 17, 2020 Governor Laura Kelly announced all school facilities will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This includes all activities. This will place tremendous hardship on our families and staff, and impact the social and emotional well-being of our students. We have been working on contingency plans since mid-March, including how we can meet the ongoing learning needs of our students and provide breakfast and lunch for our students who need it. KSDE is working to help districts develop a plan for continuous learning for our students through the end of the school year. This plan will include virtual learning along with limited on campus instruction that complies with guidance from our local county health department. The details of our plan will be communicated as soon as they have been solidified. What we do know now is that teachers will return on March 23 to begin planning student learning experiences through the Continuous Learning Program guided by the Kansas State Department of Education. Meals are expected to start on March 23. If your child needs a meal, please fill out the USD 252 Grab ‘n Go form so that we can plan accordingly. Students will be expected to begin participating in learning activities on Monday, March 30. Additional information will be shared during the week of March 23 in preparation of this transition. During these uncertain times, USD 252 is committed to ensure that ALL of our staff remains gainfully employed; therefore, staff will continue to be paid. Staff may be asked to work in different areas during this time. We appreciate our staff’s dedication to our students and their continued flexibility over the coming months. Our staff and board of education are also working on other critical issues, such as what this means for our seniors and how this will affect next school year. We will provide updates on these issues as soon as the information is available. We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority. As a reminder, this school closure is in response to the current public health crisis. The focus should remain on preventing the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it is also referred to. Please be mindful of the following: • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing (cough/sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue). • If you are sick, stay at home. • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. • Practice social distancing Follow additional guidance from these sources: • National Center for Disease Control (CDC) • Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) • https://www.flinthillshealth.org
Community Input on Housing Needs Requested Ignite Emporia and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce invite community members in and around Emporia and Lyon County to participate in their upcoming community housing focus groups and online survey. Our School District is supportive of increased housing opportunities in our communities. We encourage participation at the Hartford and Olpe meetings which will be held: Olpe Fire Station 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19th 204 W Bitler St., Olpe, KS Hartford Community Center 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19th 117 Commercial St., Hartford, KS, 66854 For those that can’t attend a meeting in person, we would invite you to share your thoughts in our online community survey which can be accessed by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LyonCountyHousing
USD 252 schools will have a 2 hour delayed start Thursday, Feb. 13.
Thank you Ron, Chuck, Scott, and the KVOE family for supporting our students and communities in Southern Lyon County! Thank you to Jeff, John, and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department for your support and dedication to our students and communities! Thank you to our students for presenting these recognitions!
Since it's inception in 2016 Bryce and Juli Heitman have been instrumental in the coordination and success of our Honor Flight Program. Serving as our trip doctor and lead nurse, the Heitman's always go above and beyond to ensure all of the Veteran's medical needs are met. They are willing to make accommodations for many medical necessities that could precent some Veterans from wanting to attend an Honor Flight. The Heitman's sacrifice their time, resources, and finances to create a safe and reassuring medical environment for our Veterans while also providing their families peace of mind back home. Bryce and Juli set an incredible example of public service to our communities. We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Bryce and Juli for their support and service of our nation's Veterans and to the USD 252 Honor Flight Program.
USD 252 Southern Lyon County Schools will be closed on Friday, January 17 due to the inclement weather. This includes our daycare programs. Again all 252 facilities will be closed on Friday, January 17.
Due to inclement weather, USD 252 schools will be closed tomorrow Monday, Dec. 16. Daycare will also be closed. All after school activities and games have also been cancelled.
United Way Fundraising Drive We are nearing the end of our fundraising campaigns in each building and with our employees! Please get involved! Thank you!
Yesterday, USD 252 was awarded $59,995 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Pathways to a Healthy Kansas. We reached modeling level by state standards in all our buildings by ensuring all students have opportunities to participate in physical activity throughout the day. These funds will be used for playground and physical education equipment. Congratulations to our Administrators and Wellness Committees on their hard work!
The Honor Flight Network (HFN) is our backbone to USD 252 Honor Flight Program. This notice arrived by email from HFN and we would appreciate all of you taking the time to vote for this event. programs are deserving, but we would like to do our part in supporting a program that supports our students and veterans in our district. Thank you for taking the time! Jolly Time Popcorn is doing a Support our Troops promotion that includes Honor Flight. Please use this link to vote for Honor Flight: https://www.jollytime.com/helpourtroops Vote by Monday for your vote to count! Thank you for taking the time! Please share with others!
Today we held a ribbon cutting ceremony for our new and remodeled facility in Olpe! Thank you to our partners at Nabholz Construction, Alloy Architects, our staff, and our communities. We are grateful for your dedication in our vision to provide safe, welcoming, and enriched environments for our students!
Daycare and preschool at Olpe will be starting on Monday, Aug. 26th as scheduled!!! We are looking forward to seeing our families. Don’t forget Open House tonight from 5:30-6:30!!
Attention NRE Early Childhood Families! There will be an orientation for daycare and preschool families on August 20th from 6-7pm at Neosho Rapids Daycare Center. Please arrive at the daycare doors. We will share information about preschool, daycare, early childhood development, parent handbook, questions, plus meet your child’s teacher, and see classrooms. This will be in addition to Open House on the 23rd. Hope to see you there!!! Olpe Families we will have a parent night soon! Thank you!!!
Faculty, Staff, Parents, and Community Members, Construction is moving along and changing daily. At Olpe, only a few areas were not touched by construction/upgrades this summer. Our custodial staff will not have complete access to all areas until August 12. It requires approximately 1 week to clean, prep, wax, and finish tile flooring. We have several areas that are dusty and require extra work before occupancy. Therefore, we will start school Monday, August 26 in all USD 252 attendance centers. I appreciate all that our summer work crews have accomplished and the tasks yet in front of us! Teachers: report on regularly scheduled days and please pay attention to the schedules from Mr. Hes and Mr. Clark! -New teachers report on August 12 -Returning teachers report on August 14 (work day: 7:45 am-3:45 pm 2019-20 school term) August 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, & 22 are in-service days August 22: All USD 252 staff report to Olpe (classified and licensed) - Reminder that all all staff are required to attend this day 7:45 am August 23: Work day and open houses -Master 2019-20 In-service schedule emailed later this week with adjustments. August 26: First day of school with 10 minutes added to the student daily schedule 8:00 am - 3:35 pm Classified Staff: your report days will be moved 2-3 days. Please look at the upcoming letters from your Principals regarding adjustments and report time/days. Daycare: we are waiting for completion of construction at Olpe and Neosho Rapids (upgrades) to get our licensure amended through KDHE. We will have great facilities to move into and throughout our district! I appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation throughout the past 2+ years! Have a great day/week! Dr. Argabright
Thank you to our area farmers for nominating USD 252! Our students and staff are recipients of a $25,000 Monsanto grant! High School programs will partner with area farmers utilizing drone technologies! Thank you area farmers and Monsanto!
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