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March 17 - Update from the Superintendent's Office

March 17, 2020

Today, March 17, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly announced all school facilities will close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  We are working with the Kansas State Department of Education to develop alternative learning opportunities for all students and will share more information soon.


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 and Board of Education have been developing a contingency plan since mid-March, including how to provide breakfast and lunch for our students.


We will continue to provide Grab-N-Go meals for the duration of the school year. Meals can be picked up by the DCHS south cafeteria door.  These are free meals for any child ages 1-18. Please call either school by 10:00 a.m. on Mondays to give the kitchen staff a meal count for the day.  OES – 475-2122 or DCHS – 475-2231.


This is our tentative plan for the next three weeks:

•March 16-20 – Prepare/disinfect the buildings. Only essential staff is allowed.

•March 23-27 – Staff will prepare a plan for delivering instruction – “Continuous Learning Plan.”  This may include online learning, packets of learning, which may be picked up like the Grab ‘N Go meals, and some small-group instruction of no more than nine students.

•March 30 – April 3 – Implement the Continue Learning Plan


We 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 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. Please refer to our district’s website – www.usd294.org – for accurate information or the district office at 785 475-3805.


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 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).
  • Please keep sick children at home.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

Follow additional guidance from these sources:


Sandra K. Short, Superintendent

Brenda L. Breth, DCHS Principal

Brandon M. Gehring, OES Principal

March 17 - Update from the Superintendent's Office

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