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March 17, 2020 Superintendent Update
March 17, 2020 Superintendent Update
Matt L. Rogers
Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Dear Vermillion USD 380 Family 

Today, March 17, 2020 Governor Laura Kelly announced all school facilities will close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We are working with the Kansas State Department of Education to develop alternative learning opportunities for all students and will share more information soon. We understand the hardship a school closure places on our families as well as the social and emotional impact it may have on our students. Our district leadership team and Board of Education have been developing a contingency plan since mid-March, including how to provide breakfast and lunch for our students. 

I will be in contact with State Officials this week to set up meals on a grab and go basis. More information will be made available as soon as possible. We are also working on other critical issues, such as what this means for our seniors and how this will affect next school year. We will provide updates on these issues as soon as the information is available. We do not anticipate delivering any type of instruction to students prior to Monday, March 30, 2020. (This is in line with KSDE guidance: please modify this to fit your local plans.) 

We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority. Our Leadership team and more importantly our teaching staff will take the week of March 23rd to develop a comprehensive plan that will outline how we will meet the educational needs of our students. As stated earlier information will be shared as it becomes available on our social media platform, district website and email lists. As a reminder, this school closure is in response to the current public health crisis. The focus should remain on preventing the spread the coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it is also referred to. 

Please be mindful of the following: 

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing (cough/sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue). 
  • Please keep sick children at home. 
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. 

Follow additional guidance from these sources: 

Matt L. Rogers 

Superintendent of Schools 

USD 380 Vermillion