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COVID-19 & Schools FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand your concern during this time of uncertainty and will do all we can to answer your questions. If your question is not answered here, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at info@usd373.org.

 We are working diligently to provide the most accurate & up-to-date information available at all times. Please check back frequently for updates to many of these answers as we receive additional details. 

Click on a topic/section below to read the Q&A  and don't forget to check the district's homepage for news & other notices as well! 


Return to Learn

 

When will school start?

The official first day of school for USD 373 is Thursday, Sept 3.
 

What are the options for education being offered this year?

Parent have been given the choice between Remote and Flexible modes for their children's education this year. To learn more about each, visit the Modes of Educational Delivery & Transitioning page.

 

What if I didn't receive/complete a choice form?

If you did not receive or complete a  Educational Delivery Choice Mode Form to select either Remote or Flexible, please call the school your student will be attending by 4pm on Thursday, August 6.

 

How long are you locked in on your educational delivery mode choice?

You can change at semester. If there are special circumstances, you can talk to your building administrators. 
 

Why isn’t hybrid an option on its own?

It’s a staffing issue. We thought about that but it’s going to be hard enough to have a totally remote and normal school setting. 
 

Will we have the option to have our children attend school on the same days in the hybrid phase?

Yes. We are working toward that. 
 

What will remote learning look like this year? Will it be like the spring? 

It will not be like the spring. There will be a six-hour requirement. That includes things like instructional activities, projects, independent reading, physical education. There may be lectures on part of the teacher, but it will be recorded so the student can view it on their time. 
 

Will remote learning have a separate teaching staff?

Part of that is up in the air because we need to determine what the numbers are. That’s why the request was sent out this week. What we hope we can do is have separate staff that can be in control of remote learning in some capacity. 
 

Will Latchkey be offering students an opportunity to work on their remote schoolwork?
That is our hope. 

 

Will there be updated school supply lists for this year?

If updated, lists will be posted on the School Supply Lists page.

 

If we do online schooling, would there be a chance to transition back to in-person school if things slow down?

Yes. 

What would learning look like for students with special needs?

Our goal would be to accommodate full attendance if needed. If it can be supported off-site and it works with their IEP, we want to accommodate that as well. 
 

When will staff report to work?
We are still working through this. Our teachers are going to report on the original start date, for now. We want to give teachers time to participate in the necessary training. The staff members also need time to create those lessons. For our classified staff, they won’t necessarily be coming in at the same time as those teachers. We will need to bring them in a little early to train them on the protocols for the operations section. 

 

What about athletics?

All information and updates will be posted on the Athletics & Activities Department page

 

Can students participate in sports if they choose the Remote Learning option?

Yes

 

What if I want to homeschool my children?

Contact your school to unenroll your student. There is a process for enrolling with the state. Contact KSDE (KS Department of Education) for more information on the requirements.

 

If a student in a class tests positive, will the entire class and teacher need to quarantine? 

We received some guidance from KSDE and we want to work with the Harvey County Health Department. We want to have some checklists to keep it straight. There are different nuances within the guidance.

 

If a student has to stay at home because of a case, would that impact truancy?

No. 
 

 

Important Information for Chromebook Checkout 

 

CHROMEBOOKS FOR 9TH GRADE STUDENTS:  We have been informed that Chromebooks for 9th grade students will not be available until the end of August.  All 9th grade Chromebook appointments for August 4, 5 and 10 will be canceled.  Once the 9th grade Chromebooks come in, an additional two days for 9th grade checkout will be added.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY:  Chromebook checkout at NHS is for high school students only.  Elementary and middle school students will have Chromebook checkout at a later date at the building where the student is enrolled.  Chromebook checkout appointments for students other than high school students will be canceled.

STUDENT NAME: Please use student name (not parent name) for signing up student for Chromebook.

CHROMEBOOKS NOT TURNED IN:  Students with Chromebooks that have not been turned in from last year should sign up and bring the Chromebook to checkout.  The Chromebook will be serviced and may need to be picked up at a later time.  If the Chromebook is lost, the student should sign up and visit with an administrator during checkout.

Thank you for your patience regarding Chromebook checkout.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 316-284-6280.

 

 

 

 

 

Q: Will there be bus transportation?

A: That would go on as normal except for the Chisholm-Santa Fe shuttle referenced earlier.

 

Q: Has the shuttle bus between Santa Fe and Chisholm been cancelled?

A:Yes. There’s not enough time to get that bus sanitized. 

 

Q: Will the bus from Newton to Walton still be in place?

A: Yes. 

 

Will school lunches still be available for students in August?

USD 373 will be offering summer food program meals again from August 10- August 28. The program will be at Newton High School, Sunset Elementary, Slate Creek Elementary and South Breeze Elementary, serving daily on Monday - Thursday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

There will be two hot meals per week and two cold meals as well as four breakfast meals. Hot meals are scheduled to be served on Mondays and Wednesdays and cold meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We also have produce boxes available on Mondays. If we have any extra food from the produce boxes, will arrange an additional time to pick up the boxes. 

Are meals free for all children?

Yes, the meals are funded through the USDA and there is no charge for either breakfast or lunch meals. 

Will menus for the meals be provided?

We are looking into trying to get those and will have them posted on our website if they become available. 

If the virus gets worse, will the meals still be served?

At this time, we're monitoring and asking staff to self-monitor. If they're not feeling well we're asking them to not come to work. We would also consider making changes if anyone was diagnosed within our staff. We are keeping in close contact with the Harvey County Health Department.

Is any kind of protection being provided for food service & custodial staff?

We are following guidelines from the CDC. This means people working 6 feet apart and of course washing hands. We're also using gloves, disinfectant, disinfectant wipes and those types of things continually.

 

When is Enrollment for next year?

Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is open now and families should enroll their Kindergarten through 12th grade students. Go to our Enrollment page to enroll your student(s) and find out more information. Fees may be paid after July 1. 

Important information for Kindergarten families is available on our Kindergarten Registration 2020 page.

What about Free & Reduced applications &/or payments?

Free & Reduced application forms and access to RevTrak to make online payments for instructional material fees will be available after July 13, 2020. 

What if I don't have access to a computer to enroll my student(s)?

Send us an email at info@usd373.org and we can make arrangements for you to come into the district office and complete the online enrollment there. Enrollment Help sessions will be available July 14, 15 & 16 at McKinley Administrative Center.

I need to reset/retrieve my parent portal information.

Contact your child's school or send an email to info@usd373.org and provide your student's name, grade & their student ID.

Will applications still be sent out for Cooper Early Education Center next year? 

Yes, we will move forward with early enrollment as always.

 

Can you continue live stream videos throughout the situation?

Yes! We want to provide as much info as we can and this will be one way that we will do this. You can check out our latest videos and find other updates anytime on our Facebook Page.

I don’t have Facebook. How can I receive the information shared in live video and any other updates posted to social media?

We will use multiple formats to get information out, including posting many of the questions & answers right here on this page. We will be recording and posting in other ways such as YouTube & our website as soon as we can after the live video events.

Important information will always be shared via email &/or voice messages using our mass notification system and posted on our website. Don't forget that you can ask questions at info@usd373.org anytime.