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Royce Powelson

Royce Powelson, about 8 hours ago

Today July 14th, 2020
Parents and Students: Monday evening we received word that we may have possible student cases of COVID -19. Today we were able to confirm that information. We believe at this time that there are multiple exposures in our area and may continue to multiply. Because of this latest trend in the county, we will hold graduation outside this Saturday. We have 2 choices under consideration at this time: 1. Host the graduation program in the football stadium; or 2. Hold a drive-through graduation at the JLHS. We feel the stadium graduation would offer a more traditional ceremony for our students, while the drive-through approach would be the safest option for our students. We will monitor the county’s COVID numbers the next few days and try to give you a definite answer Thursday as to which direction we will move toward. In all probability if the county’s numbers stabilize or decrease, we will do a traditional outside ceremony. If the numbers increase the next few days, we will probably host a drive-through ceremony. Whatever that direction is, we appreciate the hard work of our seniors throughout their school years and hope to provide the safest celebration for their efforts. Please check back for information.

Royce Powelson
Superintendent USD #346

Royce Powelson

Royce Powelson, 1 day ago

What we know today for USD #346:
Graduation is our top priority this week and is still planned for Saturday July 18th at 9:30 am. We plan on holding the ceremony inside the main gym where each graduate will have a designated space for their family and friends to social distance from others. The space or “pod” has enough seating for 8 guests of each graduate. If a graduate has more than 8 people attending the celebration there will be overflow areas designated in the JLHS auditorium, JLHS cafeteria, and corridor area. Wearing a mask is strongly recommended as well as keeping a social distance of at least 6 feet from others during your time on campus. We plan to “live stream” the ceremony to accommodate those that feel more comfortable staying at home. A link for the live stream will be released later in the week. We have also developed a contingency plan to host graduation at the football stadium if need be on Saturday. Thank you for your patience, consideration of others, and interest of celebrating our students’ years of hard work! Stay safe.

During your time on campus we encourage you to:
1. Wash hands and use hand sanitizer frequently;
2. Cover coughs;
3. Refrain from touching faces or other surfaces.
4. Wear a mask.
5. Don’t attend if you are not feeling well and/or have a temperature;
6. Remain 6 feet apart from others
7. Submit to any wellness protocols established by the district for participation in school activities. Such protocols may include, but may not be limited to, temperature screening upon entry to any school facility, property, or event.

Shawn Thomas

Shawn Thomas, 1 day ago

Summer Conditioning and sports workouts for both High School and Junior High will not be held until further notice. We hope to begin those workouts again soon!

Royce Powelson

Royce Powelson, 6 days ago

What we know for USD #346 on July 8, 2020

Kansas is in the Top 14 in the nation for having both the fewest restrictions and the fastest coronavirus spread.

Linn County has had 18 confirmed cases and currently has 5 active cases. Covid-19 data shows that there is a 2% death rate and an 11% chance of hospitalization if you are infected with the coronavirus. A hospital bill for being on a ventilator for three weeks can exceed 1 million dollars.

Graduation is still planned for July 18th at 9:30 AM. We believe we can keep everyone safe by social distancing and wearing masks if need be. We have several plans prepared for that day (inside-both gyms and overflow areas, outside, or even a drive-in graduation if need be). We will monitor the county numbers and decide closer to Graduation day what works best for our situation. Please check our website and/ or Facebook page prior to attending graduation for last minute information. We will continue to ask everyone to follow these practices while attend school functions:
1. Wash hands frequently;
2. Cover coughs;
3. Refrain from touching faces or other surfaces unless required for the school activity;
4. Wear a mask unless the school activity does not accommodate this precaution, as determined by the district administration and as directed by the school activity coach/sponsor;
5. Don’t attend if you are not feeling well and/or have a temperature;
6. Remain 6 feet apart from other students and staff whenever the school activities allow;
7. Submit to any wellness protocols established by the district for participation in school activities. Such protocols may include, but may not be limited to, taking the student’s temperature upon entry to any school facility, property, or event.

Prom- After much consideration and visiting with educational, medical, legal, and county staff members we are making the tough decision to cancel Prom which was scheduled for July 25th. We are most disappointed for the students, but also apologetic to the parents who have bought dresses and ordered tuxes.

Beginning of school- The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) will be sharing recommendations and guidelines for educational practices and safety of students and staff on July 16th. Our administrative team will meet on that day and adjust our current plans to hopefully adopt best practices for our students, staff, and community. Prior to or during the week of July 20th we will send out another round of surveys so you may have a voice in the overall plan.

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