USD 405 sCHOOL BUILDINGS CLOSED FOR REMAINDER OF 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
Our students, staff, and families safety
is a top priority
at USD405/Lyons Schools.
For more information, please visit the KDHE website at www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus. KDHE has a phone bank that is staffed Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. The phone number is 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF). KDHE also has an email address for general inquiries, COVIDemail@example.com. Please note these contacts are for general questions and cannot provide you with medical evaluations. If you are feeling ill, please stay home and call your healthcare provider.
On Tuesday, March 17, Gov. Laura Kelly announced that school buildings across the state of Kansas must be closed for the duration of the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. However, learning will continue for our students. School districts have been tasked with designing educational plans to meet student needs. The district will be working over the next few weeks to design various types of learning opportunities for our students with the guidance provided by KDHE.
This is a rapidly changing event and we appreciate your patience and support as we work to provide you with accurate updates as quickly as possible. Our district will continue to update parents as we learn more information and implement our learning plans.
This global health event impacts us all. It requires us to take careful precautions and to follow the advice provided by public health experts. The Lyons community along with school personnel have rallied to confront this challenge together. Our teaching and support staff will be working diligently this next week to prepare for this extended closure.
This information will continue to be posted on this site, our Facebook and Twitter pages.
This will be a long process, but we will get through it together and things will return to normal. USD405 administrators will continue to make decisions based on the guidance and information received by our governor, the Kansas Department of Health and local health department. We will continue to share our plans with you on this website. The Lyons community will remain strong and continue to support one another as always.
PRECAUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The best ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses are to:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The District is taking many precautions to minimize the risk to our students, staff and families:
We are asking all families to monitor their student’s health, as well as their own. If their child is sick with flu-like symptoms, fever, cough or shortness of breath, we are recommending that parents and guardians seek medical treatment and keep the child home from school. We are also asking staff and visitors to follow these same precautions.
Our custodial staff is doubling its effort to ensure that high-touch surfaces are being disinfected. The products we use are hospital-grade cleaners and peroxide based. Custodians will replace soap and hand sanitizer often. All buses will be disinfected daily, and the Food Service Department will continue to follow food safety practices and use approved disinfectants.
We continue to evaluate all upcoming District-sponsored travel and events, including trips scheduled to occur during summer.
We encourage all students, staff and community members to follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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.
We will update our district web calendar of changes in school events as soon as decisions are made. Other forms of communication to be used will be through email, social media and mobile app alerts.
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With Lyons schools closed, here are some of our preliminary plans:
There will be no school activities with the following exceptions:
- Some outdoor activities might continue, following distancing advice. However, recall that all KSHSAA activities and sports are currently suspended statewide.
- Some normally indoor events, such as graduation might be offered as an outdoor activity, in order to maintain the social distance recommended by the CDC and KDHE.
- Some activities may be offered virtually as feasible.
- Some activities may continue but decrease in scope and duration and with extra precautions