Posted Date: 03/17/2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
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, including how to provide breakfast and lunch for our students.
In regards to breakfast and lunch, I want to first of all thank Brenda Hastings, the district food service director, for her exceptional work in getting our district a waiver to provide breakfast and lunch to our students. Starting on Monday, March 23, and for the foreseeable future, all children ages 1 to 18 qualifies for a free breakfast and lunch. The location to pick up the meals will be at the dock behind the Intermediate-Middle School. Please enter the south Intermediate-middle school parking lot (Stadium parking lot on 4th Ave.) and follow the drive to the dock behind the school. Additional information on children’s meals are as follows:
Days of the Week for Picking Up Meals: Mondays and Wednesdays on a weekly basis
Time to pick up meals: 11:00-1:00 (both on Mondays and Wednesdays)
On Mondays, there will be 4 meals prepared (Monday and Tuesday lunches, Tuesday and Wednesday breakfasts)
On Wednesdays, there will be 5 meals prepared (Wed. - Friday lunches, Thursday and Friday breakfasts)
Meals are free to children 1-18 regardless of lunch status
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. Our staff will be developing a continuous learning plan during the week of March 23-27. This is in line with the Kansas State Department of Education guidance.
We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority. Information to you will be posted on the website and through Facebook along with emails to parents/guardians as needed.
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:
Our community is blessed with people and organizations that are willing and able to assist people in need. The Clearwater Ministerial Alliance is willing to assist in any way they can. They have a food bank available and can help members of our community with other needs as well. If you know of someone that needs such assistance in the days ahead, the ministerial alliance is a resource that is available.
Thank you for your time, patience, and cooperation.