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Update (4/3/2020)

Our team has created a website full of information and learning resources to help keep kids busy. We are continuously adding resources so check back often! www.usd470.com/continuouslearning


Update (4/2/2020)

Parents of USD 470 Elementary Students: You can pick up the next "Bulldog Pack" at your child's school Friday, April 3, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. We look forward to seeing you! 


Update (3/30/2020)

Learning has resumed! If you have not received an assignment for your child, please call your child’s school for more information! 


Update (3/27/2020)

We have expanded our free meal program and are now offering meals at 14 locations. To view the schedule, visit bit.ly/ackidseat. 


Update (3/25/2020)

Our continuous learning plans are well underway, we’ve been contacting students, and personal belongings are almost ready to be distributed back to families. Click HERE for details.


Update (3/20/2020)

Schools may have been closed but there has been a lot of progress this week!

ALL attendance sites and educational support facilities have been deep-cleaned and thoroughly disinfected. We owe a sincere word of thanks to our custodians and maintenance crew. These individuals have tackled a major undertaking in a short amount of time. Thank you!

Our business office, food service, and transportation teams worked together to provide FREE meals to students almost immediately after schools closed. In just four days, we were able to serve 1,043 grab-n-go breakfasts and just as many lunches. Thanks to everyone who made this possible and parents, thank you for bringing your kids. Our staff enjoys seeing them! You can find the meal schedule here on facebook or at bit.ly/ackidseat.

The leadership team has been working diligently on a framework for our continuous learning plan. Next week, teachers will join them (remotely and in small groups) to continue planning and implementing. Today, a survey was sent to parents via email and it is also posted on our website (www.usd470.com). Please take a moment to complete that as it will help us in our planning efforts.


Update (3/19/2020)

Please take a moment to complete this SURVEY about your home internet access as soon as possible.


Update (3/19/2020)

We know Governor Kelly’s announcement temporarily closing schools had a significant impact on everyone. We know parents, students and families have questions about what that closure means. Rest assured, learning will soon be underway once again - it will just look different from past months. Please click HERE for additional information.


Update (3/17/2020)

Today, March 17, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly announced all accredited schools will close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This action is in response to the COVID-19 health crisis. Please click HERE for additional information.


Update (3/16/2020)

In an effort to help ensure children in our community have what they need, we are offering FREE grab-n-go meals starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020 while school is canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Children can pick up meals at six locations, Monday through Friday. Children will also be given a breakfast bag for the following day. Click HERE for more info. 


Update (3/15/2020)

School is canceled from March 16-20, 2020. 


Ark City USD 470 considers the health, safety, and well-being of students and staff our top priorities. We know this flu season has been complicated by COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus and we want to take a moment to communicate our processes and reinforce preventative safety measures for any illness.

 

As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation. District leaders, school administrators, and school nurses are working together while following the guidance and expertise from agencies such as the: City-Cowley County Health Department, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

 

We have many protocols in place due to the cold and flu season, which we will continue to implement and can increase if needed. Though the novel coronavirus is not believed to survive well outside the body, our custodial team continues routine environmental cleaning such as disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at our schools. We are prepared to escalate such practices if recommended by the local health department.

 

We all play a role in reducing illness. Please help keep communities safe by staying informed and practicing healthy habits such as:

  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Use soap and hot water and wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to lather and scrub all hand surfaces including fingertips and nails.
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your elbow.
  • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Practice social distancing.

We take the honor and responsibility of educating your students very seriously. It takes all of us working together to ensure healthy communities. Thank you for your support. Please see the helpful resources and any updates below.