March 17, 2020
Dear USD #416 Parents/Guardians:
Due to an emergency declaration issued by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, all Kansas Schools, including USD #416 Schools, will be physically closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. All school activities will also be canceled through the end of the school year. All Louisburg Recreation Commission activities and community groups that use school facilities will also be canceled for the remainder of the school year.
As we all know, the COVID-19, or Coronavirus, continues to place many new uncertainties into our daily lives. These are unprecedented times that our country and community are facing. Things seem to change, minute by minute, regarding the pandemic. The new social distancing and quarantine rules make it impossible for schools to remain open in the same format as we have known them to operate.
I know there will be many questions about how this impacts your student and family. Next week, we will work with our teaching staff to develop a learning platform for the remainder of the year. We will communicate what this platform will look like by the end of next week. There will not be any learning expectations for the week of March 23rd to allow our staff to develop a learning plan for the weeks following. You will be provided communication by each building principal on what the learning expectations will be moving forward. They will also communicate with you on when your child can come up to the school and collect personal materials and school resources.
We ask that you begin to make long-term childcare plans for your children as we will not be holding classes in our schools the rest of this school year.
The district will be providing meals to any child, ages 1-18, on a daily basis, beginning on Tuesday, March 24th. We will provide each child a sack for lunch and breakfast the following day. The sack lunch may be picked up on the west side of Broadmoor Elementary School from 11:00 am until noon. Children will need to be physically present in order for the district to provide a sack lunch. We would encourage folks to stay in their cars and loop around BES to the west side. We will have staff outside to provide the lunches to each family.
Once again, these are unprecedented times in our country. It will not be easy to navigate, especially with many uncertainties. I am confident, just like past difficulties we have experienced, our community will bond together to help in a difficult time of need.