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Hello Blue Devil Family,

As you are aware, Governor Kelly has ordered all school buildings "shut down" in Kansas for the remainder of the semester. Education and School will continue, but with some important, temporary changes, beginning April 6th. This is an unprecedented time and I hope to provide all of you with as much information as possible. However, I would like to begin by applauding the efforts of those who have gone above and beyond this week:

• Thank you to our food service team and everyone that helped make and deliver meals. Because of your efforts, we were able to deliver over 200 meals every day we delivered.
• Thank you to the library staff and everyone that helped put together and deliver bags of library books. We were able to deliver almost 60 bags of books this week.
• Thank you to our custodial staff, who have worked tirelessly to disinfect our buildings.
• Thank you to the central office, admin and technology teams working to meet technology, instructional and clerical demands.

Our Schedule moving forward:

• March 16-20: The custodial staff has cleaned and disinfected facilities and Administration has begun developing a continuous learning planning to allow all students to complete the semester via distance learning while adhering to all social distancing mandates from the Center of Disease Control and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
• March 17th: At a Special BOE Meeting, the USD 286 BOE approved paying all hourly staff throughout the duration of the shutdown. This will ensure our hard-working hourly staff will not have additional financial burden during this time.
• March 23-27: Spring Break as scheduled for all students and staff. The administration will continue working on distance learning strategies, to meet the needs of all students.
• March 30- April 2: Teachers will report to work to finalize and implement a Continuous Learning Plan for all USD 286 students.
• April 6th: Students will begin classes, via distance learning.

We are aware that some students may not have access to reliable Internet. Therefore, we have worked with area Internet providers to offer free wireless Internet access available to students at the following locations, beginning April 6th.
• Chautauqua Baptist Church
• City Park in Elgin
• City Park and City Hall in Peru
• USD 286 Campus

In addition, we will be working to provide "hotspots" to other areas that may be lacking access. Please follow our Facebook page and website for updates.

Some important notes:
• All 6-12 students that have not yet picked up books and belongings may do today, Friday March 20th, between 9 AM-2 PM.
• JH Students, Grades 6-8 will also checkout a Chrome book at that time.
• Elementary pickup and device checkout will be in early April, please monitor our Facebook page and website for updates.
• Breakfast and lunch pickups will resume on Monday, March 30, following Spring Break
• This is an unprecedented time and things can change quickly, please make sure to continue monitoring our school Facebook page and website for updates.

I understand this is a challenging time for many of our students and their families. We are saddened for all our students and patrons who will miss out on activates, events and experiences during this shutdown. We will do our best to reschedule or find creative alternatives to as many of these events as possible.

The faculty and staff at USD 286 are dedicated to meeting the needs of our students and providing high­quality, individualized education while adhering to all CDC and HDHE social distancing guidelines and mandates. These are challenging times, but I know that by sticking together and adapting, we will not just get by, but that we will thrive.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Nathan Hinrichs
Superintendent of Schools
Chautauqua County Community School USD 286