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Frequently Asked Questions

As of: July 23, 2020

 

If we enroll our child at USD 422 can we still ride the Haviland bus to Greensburg?

  • If your student is in high school they will be counted as a Haviland student and can ride the bus. Students below HS age not enrolled in USD 474 Haviland cannot ride the Haviland bus.

Does my child have to wear a mask at school this year?

  • Yes and No. Executive Order 20-59 requires all students attending K-12 school must wear a mask. However, our county commissioners opted out which gives us some lattitude on the mask issue. Students will wear masks in transition areas and where social distancing is not possible. In the classroom where the students can social distance, their masks can be removed.

Exceptions: 

  • Not while eating

  • Not while engaged in an activity during which it is unsafe or impossible to  wear a mask or other face covering? Example: PE, Recess, Lunch, Band, etc.

  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health conditions, or disabilities that would prevent them from safely wearing a face covering. This would have to be accompanied by a doctor’s note.

  • Persons for who are deaf or hard of hearing, or communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

Are there safety protocols in place to protect our children from COVID-19?

  • All students will be temperature checked twice a day. First, upon boarding the bus or entering the school. Second, prior to going out to recess after lunch.

  • If a child has a temperature of 100.0 or higher they will be sent home.

  • Students must be fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine.

  • We are establishing protocols for the students to only be in close contact with their own class. This will aid in preventing multiple exposure opportunities across class lines.

  • Visitors to the school will be limited. Everyone in will be masked and use hand sanitizer before entering the building.

  • We are looking to hire a part time Registered Nurse to help with morning health risk identifications and safety protocols in our district.

  • There will be sanitation stations at all entrances to the school.

  • Classroom sanitizing will be a priority and will be done often.

Will there be random COVID-19 testing done on my child?

  • There will be daily temperature checks. We will not perform invasive COVID-19 tests at the school.

What are the state requirements of the Remote Learning Plan?

  • Students must be enrolled on September 21

  • Students are assessed on the same standards or competencies as On-Site Students

  • Students must have daily connection with a teacher. Such connections can be through telephone and/or interactive video conferencing.

  • Students must maintain a daily log of activities signed by the student and parents and submitted to the school district.  

What does the Remote Learning Plan look like?

  • The teachers are currently developing that plan.

  • The lessons will mirror what is being taught in the class so the student can seamlessly enter back into the school when ready.

  • We will have a teacher on staff that can potentially meet with a remote student for short one-on-one tutoring sessions. 

  • The home logs will list the activity, assignments completed (yes or no), test taken (yes or not) and a statement of minutes.

  • These documents will be turned into the school on the last day of each week.

  • Our Remote Learning Teacher will work with the classroom teacher to help with home contact, dissemination of work and necessary materials, and to answer questions.

When is enrollment?

  • August 10th and 11th 

Will I have to physically go to the school to enroll?

  • Yes and No. We will mail out the forms in advance and they can be sent into the school. Everyone will need to make arrangements to pay the fees.

If one child in the class gets COVID-19 will the school have to be closed?

  • Doubtful. This determination will be made in coordination with the Kiowa County Health Department. These decisions will be made on a case by case determination to best protect the health of all students and staff. Here is where the beauty of the Remote Learning Plan comes into play. If we do have to send home a student, a class, a wing of the school, or the whole school the Remote Learning Plan goes into effect until those students can return. 

If my child has to stay home will they be truant?

  • Not as long as the Remote Learning Plan requirements are met. 

Can my child wear a face shield instead of a mask?

  • No. The executive order strictly states that all students must wear a face mask.

Can my student start the year in the Remote Learning Plan even if they are not sick?

  • Yes. There will be an option in the enrollment documents to select the Remote Learning Plan. Then when you are ready the students can transition back into the class.

Will all the “fun stuff” be removed from school?

  • No. We plan to continue to provide an exceptional education that is both engaging and educational to the students.

Will there be emotional support for the students?

  • We have a counselor on staff three days a week who actively works with all the students.

Will the students have to sit in front of a computer screen all day in the Remote Learning Plan?

  • No. We will provide some on screen instruction and direction. There will also be activities so it will not be strictly an online curriculum.

How do students move from one learning plan to the other?

  • It is possible to move from one learning plan to the other. We do not expect students to move frequently unless due to illness, but it is possible. If you are not satisified with the learning plan you begin with, call the office and speak with administration to arrange for a change in learning plans.

If we choose remote learning, how many hours per week will have to be logged?

  • 29 hours will be the requriement. If it is a shorter week due to holidays then the expectation is that the remote learning students will spend the same amount of time weekly as on-site learners.

 

As I am sure you are aware, we are living in very dynamic times. These protocols and expectations could change as new directives come from the KSDE or the Kiowa County Health Department. Our mission is to provide as safe of an educational environment as possible and to continue to provide an exceptional educational opportunity to every student.

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USD 474 Haviland Grade School
400 N. Topeka
Box 243
Haviland, Kansas 67059
Phone: 620-862-5256
Fax: 620-862-5260

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