Pittsburg Community Schools USD 250 closes March 16-20

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg Community Schools USD 250 closes week March 16-20 at recommendation of Kansas officials.

The announcement was issued on Sunday:

“At the recommendation of the Commissioner of Education, Governor Laura Kelly, and the Speaker of the House, as well as our own concern for the safety and well-being of our students and families, we have made the decision that ALL USD 250 schools will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20.

Effective immediately, all district events and extracurricular activities are canceled until the District reopens or further notice. This includes all district-sponsored PD, athletics, fine arts, clubs, and group events.

Spring Break, March 23 through March 27th, will continue as scheduled. Closing all schools during this period of time provides Kansas officials and USD 250 administration the time needed to finalize a comprehensive plan for how to address COVID-19.

While the district is closed, the District Crisis Response Team and essential personnel for this evolving situation will continue to consult with local health authorities and convene virtually and regularly in order to conduct a full and ongoing assessment of risks for students and staff.

We encourage our students and staff to follow recommended social distancing and healthy hygiene habits provided by KDHE and the Crawford County Health Department.

We ask for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation and work through additional details. As we have more specifics about what services we will be able to provide for families in need during this closure, we will communicate through or regular means.”

Release Issues by USD 250:

COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

In our efforts to keep our students, staff and families informed with the latest information on COVID-19 or Coronavirus, please use this page as a reference for District communications regarding COVID-19 and other helpful resources.

This global health event impacts us all. It requires us to take careful precautions and to follow the advice provided by public health experts.

USD 250 closed Monday, 16 through Friday, 20 (5 school days)

At the recommendation of the Commissioner of Education, Governor Laura Kelly, and the Speaker of the House, as well as our own concern for the safety and well-being of our students and families, we have made the decision that ALL USD 250 schools will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20.

Effective immediately, all district events and extracurricular activities are canceled until the District reopens or further notice. This includes all district-sponsored PD, athletics, fine arts, clubs, and group events.

Spring Break, March 23 through March 27th, will continue as scheduled. Closing all schools during this period of time provides Kansas officials and USD 250 administration the time needed to finalize a comprehensive plan for how to address COVID-19.

While the district is closed, the District Crisis Response Team and essential personnel for this evolving situation will continue to consult with local health authorities and convene virtually and regularly in order to conduct a full and ongoing assessment of risks for students and staff.

We encourage our students and staff to follow recommended social distancing and healthy hygiene habits provided by KDHE and the Crawford County Health Department.

We ask for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation and work through additional details. As we have more specifics about what services we will be able to provide for families in need during this closure, we will communicate through or regular means.

DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING COVID-19

March 15, 2020 – COVID-19 District Update Schools Closing

March 13, 2020 – COVID-19 District Update

March 12, 2020 – COVID-19 District Update

March 9, 2020 – USD 250 Continues Efforts in Covid-19 Prevention

February 28, 2020 – USD 250 Proactive Regarding Coronavirus 

PRECAUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The District is taking a number of precautions to minimize the risk to our students, staff and families:

  • We are asking all of our 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 staff follows daily procedures and works diligently to clean our schools thoroughly with hospital grade disinfectant, which kills viruses and decontamination cleaning systems that sanitize both hard and soft surfaces killing viruses and bacteria.
  • We will continue to be in communication with KDHE and our local health dept regarding any decisions concerning school closure.

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.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. School staff have access to preventive products like disposable wipes and hand sanitizer to use throughout the day to stop the spread of germs. District custodial staff utilize hospital-grade disinfectants and decontamination cleaning systems that sanitize both hard and soft surfaces killing viruses and bacteria.
  • Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care.  Children who are ill should remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Attendance

The district understands that parents may choose to keep their students at home while our schools remain open. The absence will not count toward truancy, but will be designated as a non-illness absence. It is the responsibility of the students to contact the teachers to try to keep up with work during the absence.

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