Today, March 17, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly announced all school facilities will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Please understand that at USD 224 we know this will place a tremendous hardship on our families and staff, and impact the social and emotional well-being of our students and we are taking all those factors into consideration as we make plans moving forward.

We have been working on contingency plans since mid-March, including how we can meet the ongoing learning needs of our students and provide breakfast and lunch for our students. Look for details on food service lunches to come out later this week as we work with local entities, the state, and OPAA. As far as the continuous learning needs of our students are concerned we will release our plan for that at a later date. A plan for Continuous Learning will not start prior to March 30.

Our staff and board of education are also working on other critical issues, such as what this means for our seniors, how this will affect next school year, and what impact this will have on our employees. We will provide updates on these issues as soon as the information is available We have scheduled a USD 224 BOE meeting for Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 7:30pm in the Clifton-Clyde Middle School Auditorium to begin to work through a couple of issues.

We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority. For the most updated information please download our app if you haven’t yet done so and continue to check out us on most social media platforms.

As a reminder, this school closure is in response to the current public health crisis and was mandated by the governor and was not a local decision. 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:
National Center for Disease Control (CDC) 
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
Washington County Health Department
Clay County Health Department
Cloud County Health Department

Art Baker- USD 224 Superintendent/HS Principal