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September 28, 2020
Dear U.S.D. 227 Patrons,
At the start of the school year, we put in place a plan to allow us to go to school with the least restrictive environment that would allow us to start the school year with as much normalcy as possible.
We met with the county commissioners who allowed us to modify the Governor's Executive Order 60-59 so we could have the least restrictive environment with the understanding that if we got any cases, we would go to mandatory masks.
U.S.D. 227 has our first case, which has put one class into quarantine as well as one athletic team. We need to remember that our goal is to keep our students in school and continue with as much normalcy as possible. I've had people say "I'm not wearing a mask, it's too much of an inconvenience, and it serves no purpose." I don't know that for sure because I'm not a medical doctor nor am I the County Health Officer. But if there is a chance that wearing a mask will keep the school open and operating, I am willing to try. The upside to the mask is that by wearing them, we have a better chance of avoiding large group quarantines and only those who have had close contact will have to be quarantined.
We have several options:
1) Wear the masks temporarily while we have an active case to get us to the point where we can go back to no masks.
2) Students who do not wish to wear a mask can go to remote learning but should keep in mind that it eliminates all extracurricular activities.
3) Stay where we are, strongly encourage wearing masks, and wait until the county health department shuts us down. If that happened then the district will go to remote learning, which halts all in school learning and extracurricular activities.
I am in favor of wearing masks and seeing if we can get farther down the road with face to face learning while maintaining our extracurricular activities. With that said, I know people are very passionate about their views and beliefs. The county health officer enforces the contagious disease orders and quarantines and the school is not going to play mask police. The last thing we need is to have people drawing a line in the sand and putting themselves against people they are friends with because of different beliefs about masks. So, masks are strongly recommended for high school and junior high, and we will see how far we can get down the road. Parents, you will need to visit with your child(ren) to decide what is best for them. Remember this is not about our personal views, it is about protecting the health, safety and education of our students.
During these times, we ask that everyone use good common sense and exercise personal responsibility for their health and safety and the health and safety of others. It is a small gesture to ensure our school and activities remain open. Be aware of your surroundings and, if you are not feeling well, stay home and monitor yourself until you get better.
One person can affect the educational and athletic activities of our whole school. We ask that you be honest with yourself and do the right thing for our students and staff.
As stated above, our goal is to have face to face school and be able to participate in extracurricular activities. In order for this to happen, it will take everyone's participation for us to persevere through these difficult times.
USD 227 Superintendent
Our application to utilize the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) food program has been approved by KSDE. By utilizing this program, we will be able to provide free lunch and breakfast meals to all USD 227 students. Students must be enrolled at USD 227 to take advantage of this program.
Effective September 17, 2020, all USD 227 students will receive free breakfast and lunch meals. We will not be delivering food, but students utilizing Remote Learning may call the Grade School or High School Office by 8:30 am each morning to request a meal. Meals may be picked up between 12:30 and 1:00 in the office of your child's school.
This program is scheduled to end on December 18, 2020 or until available Federal Funding runs out. We will work hard to notify parents in a timely manner when we have to move back to charging for meals. Please note this is not retroactive so if you have a lunch balance it is still due.
Be sure to check ATHLETICS under the MS/HS Section
to view updated information and schedules of weekly athletic
events, or click on the following link:
Picture Day has been rescheduled to September 16th for GS/HS Individual Pictures and Fall Sports pictures. The Retake date will be October 21st.
Hodgeman Co. is excited to have activities for students starting this fall. However, we must be proactive and prepared during these ever-changing times to help keep students involved in activities throughout the year. As a result, the following guidelines have been implemented to keep our students participating and to make attendance at activities as safe as possible. State, County, and KSHSAA guidelines continue to change regularly, so these guidelines may have to change in the future as well, especially if there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in the community.
1. Coaches and sponsors in Hodgeman Co. Schools will work to follow KSHSAA recommendations for all sports and activities throughout the year.
2. To help with physical distancing at activities, the district may mark off areas in seating sections that are not to be used to help accomplish appropriate distancing.
3. Visiting teams are encouraged to only have immediate family members and necessary staff attend contests but will need to follow other guidance established by the Hodgeman Co. School District. Families and schools are encouraged to sit in clusters when they attend activities in person.
4. While Hodgeman Co. loves the support the community provides for activities, this year community members may wish to not attend in person. This would help keep the crowds smaller, which would help with appropriate distancing.
5. The district hopes to have some live streaming of events, so the community will still be able to watch many of the home events in their own homes.
7. Essential personnel will only be allowed on the field/court.
8. No pre or post-game fan gatherings on the field/court or other places within the school facilities.
9. There will be modified pre and post-game sportsmanship; no pre or post game handshakes will take place.
10. At football games, community members are encouraged to park around the bowl of the field to view games from their vehicles or even set out lawn chairs. Families are asked to sit in clusters.
11. Masks are permissible and recommended for all spectators at outdoor events, especially where social distancing cannot be maintained.
12. Everyone attending an indoor event will be encouraged to wear a mask and to sit in family clusters. This is to reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus especially due to larger crowds in enclosed spaces. Temperatures will be checked and anyone with a 100 degree or higher reading will be rechecked with a hand held device.
13. Managers, workers, and staff helping to run events are expected to wear masks unless the job makes it impossible to do so.
14. There will be normal gate fees at this time to all activities sponsored by KSHSAA. Programs may be obtained on your mobile phone using the camera or scanner options.
15. Concessions for all activities will be limited.
For away activities, we will follow the guidelines of the school hosting and share those guidelines with our patrons as they are shared with us.
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Calendar Week of September 27 - October 3, 2020