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USD 234 Special School Board Meeting
Ted Hessong
Friday, July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

RE: USD 234 Special Board of Education Meeting

            The USD 234 School Board will be having a special board meeting on Thursday, August 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the high school gymnasium.  There will be two items on the agenda for this special board meeting.  The first item will be a public forum.  USD 234 stakeholders will have the opportunity to give comments to the USD 234 School Board.  Each individual will have three (3) minutes to address the school board.  The second agenda item will be a follow-up discussion from the USD 234 Special Board meeting held July 27, 2020, regarding USD 234’s Return to School Plan. 

            At the special board meeting held on July 27, the USD 234 School Board heard initial information on possible learning formats for students when they return to school.  Based on the information presented at this special board meeting, the USD 234 School Board unanimously voted to delay the first day of school for students to September 9, 2020.  No action was taken on what learning formats would be available for students.  At the meeting on August 6, the school board will be provided more specific information about learning format options for students.  Below is some of the information they will be considering:

In-Person Learning

Hybrid Learning (50% capacity)

Remote Learning

·    Students attend school daily

·       Follow KSDE’s Operations Guidance

o   Hygiene

o   Masks

o   Physical distancing

o   Symptom screening

·      Building schedules are similar to the previous school year

·       Student Remote Learning 3 days a week, in-person two days a week. (i.e. Monday and Tuesday in-person, Wednesday – Friday remote learning or Monday – Wednesday remote learning and Thursday and Friday in-person)

·       Allow for family grouping

·       Preschool students would attend daily in a modified schedule

·       Follow KSDE’s Operations Guidance

o   Hygiene

o   Masks

o   Physical distancing

o   Symptom screening


·       Enrolled for a semester

·       Online, daily learning aligned with in-person learning

·       Log 6 hours of learning daily

·       Family completes daily log

·       Student participation is mandatory

·       Device will be provided by the district, families responsibility to provide internet access

·       Remote learners will not have access to participate in in-person extra-curricular activities


            At the August 6 meeting, the USD 234 School Board could possibly take action on what learning format will be available for students when they return to school on September 9.  If you would like to communicate your thoughts about students returning to school and the three learning formats, you can contact school board members via email.  You can find their email information on the district website,

            At any time during the school year these learning formats may be needed in response to the level of community restrictions put in place by the local health department.  If there is no or low community restrictions, schools could be fully opened for students.  If there are moderate community restrictions established by the local health department, USD 234 would use the hybrid learning format for students.  If the health department determines a high level of community restrictions, USD 234 would use the remote learning model for all students.

            The safety of our students, staff, and community are a priority for the USD 234 School Board.  USD 234 stakeholders need to understand that certain protocols will need to be put in place in our schools to mitigate community spread, and that these protocols will need to be followed and supported by our students, staff, and community members to ensure the safety of everyone in our communities.


Ted Hessong

Superintendent USD 234 - Fort Scott Schools