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April 2 Update:
Derby Public Schools will be providing updates and resources for our families and staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please know the following information is what we know at this time (5:30PM, April 2) and is subject to change.

Free Meal Services Update: Derby Public Schools is providing free pre-packaged meals by curbside pickup for any child ages 1-18 while schools are closed. There is no income requirement, address stipulations, or registration required. View meal sites HERE.

A few updates and reminders…
Do Children Always Have to Be Present? No! We now have flexibility with this. Children between 1 and 18 will be served lunch but must be present to receive the meal the first time. This includes students older than 18 enrolled in USD260 programs. After your first visit, the parent/guardian will receive a number to display on the dashboard of your vehicle. Following visits children do not have to be present if this number is displayed.
Meal Modifications: We will be able to start offering meal substitutions, including celiac disease, gluten intolerance and peanut allergies. Families must contact the Central Kitchen so that we have their name, which location they will go to and whether or not it will be every day of the week. Please contact Martha Lawson at (316) 788-8419 or email to mlawson@usd260.com.
Inclement Weather: Lunch service at the Central Kitchen, Wineteer and Oaklawn may close, without notice, in the event of inclement weather such as steady rain, lightning, tornado watch, etc.
School Calendar: This is Monday-Friday based on the 2019-2020 school year calendar. If school is not in session on the calendar, meals will not be served that day. See the calendar HERE.

Temporary Playground Closures: Our playgrounds are temporarily closed in an effort to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please enjoy the open spaces on our playgrounds. While the play structures are closed, we don’t want to limit exercise/activity. If people wish to walk, run on a soccer field while following social distancing, groups of less than 10, any other Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and local guidelines/orders, the open space is there.

Technology Support: The Derby Public Schools Technology Department is working diligently to implement and utilize tools that will allow us to provide more support options in an environment where our primary method of contact is virtual. For support, resources and other help, visit this page HERE.

We will continue to provide updates via Skylert and at www.derbyschools.com/coronavirus. We hope you are staying healthy and well during this time!



March 24 Update:
Derby Public Schools will be providing updates and resources for our families and staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please know the following information is what we know at this time (10:30AM, March 24) and is subject to change.

Student Device Pick-Up and Essential Item Pick-Up: Secondary students have 1:1 personal devices already issued to them. Elementary students will be able to pick-up school devices (iPads for K-1, Chromebooks for 2-5) if they do not have a device already at home they wish to utilize. A pick-up schedule this week is available HERE for elementary families to allow all students time to safely pick up student devices, essential items like medication or chargers/instruments if they were left at school. If you are a secondary school family, click HERE to request a time for essential items pick up from a middle school and HERE for the high school. Please do not bring your entire family to pick up essential items. There will be a time at a later date in the school year for a complete pick-up of student items that are not essential (this includes pencil boxes, etc). Please adhere to Kansas State Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) travel guidelines. Check the list HERE. If you have traveled to one of these places or in self-quarantine, do not visit the building during these times. Please contact your building principal if you can not pick up during your designated time by school phone or email. (view phone/emails HERE).

Continuous Learning Plans: Derby Public Schools staff are working this week to develop Continuous Learning plans for all students. Staff development and planning is taking place this week with a goal to begin delivering a continuous learning model to students starting March 30, 2020. We will hold Zoom informational meetings for families at the designated times below.

Zoom Meeting for Questions: We are aware there are many unanswered questions at this time. We will continue to provide updates as information is available. Online Zoom meetings are scheduled for Thursday, March 26 for families to receive further information and ask questions directly to district leadership: 
• 10:30-11:30 AM: Elementary
• 1:00-2:00 PM: Middle School
• 2:30-3:30 PM: High School
• 4:00-5:00 PM: Middle School
• 5:30-6:30 PM: High School
• 7:00-8:00 PM: Elementary
*We will record the Zoom times for parents to later view on our website. Please only pick one session to attend per age group. Limited #’s to first 1,000, per Zoom restrictions.

We will continue to communicate with families via Skylert, our mass notification tool, and post on www.derbyschools.com. Please note our website has a translation feature. Click on "Select Language" and choose your preferred language from the dropdown. 

Thank you for your support during this time! 

Sincerely,
Heather Bohaty
Superintendent of Schools



March 18 Update:
Derby Public Schools will be providing updates and resources for our families and staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please know the following information is what we know at this time (6:30PM, March 18) and is subject to change. We all need to be flexible and exercise grace during these unprecedented times.

Free Meal Services for Children Ages 1-18: Click HERE for times and locations for FREE meal services starting on March 23. Derby Public Schools is providing free pre-packaged meals by curbside pickup for any child ages 1-18 while schools are closed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). There are no income requirements, address stipulations or registration required. Children must be present to receive a meal. If the meal is not eaten immediately, meals need to be stored in the refrigerator. We will continue to explore how we can possibly expand to serve from additional locations in USD260 boundaries.

Continuous Learning Plans: Derby Public Schools will be working to implement Continuous Learning plans for all students. The Continuous Learning Task Force will provide a wide range of learning options, which will then be molded by each district to best fit community learning needs with available resources. Of the approximately 40 individuals across the state that served on this committee, we had two from Derby (see the complete list HERE). We appreciate the time commitment and leadership from Azure Henwood, Swaney Elementary teacher, and Dr. Brent Wolf, Derby North Middle School teacher, who served on this committee. We anticipate staff development and planning taking place the week of March 23 with a goal to begin delivering a continuous learning model to students starting the week of March 30, 2020. Information on expectations and what this will look like will be shared with families and staff as details are worked out.

Resources how to talk to kids about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are aware there are many unanswered questions at this time. We will continue to provide updates as information is available. An online Zoom meeting will be scheduled next week for both staff and families to receive further information and ask questions directly to district leadership. The date and time of this meeting and all other updates will continue to be communicated with families and staff via Skylert, our mass notification tool, and posted on www.derbyschools.com.

Every student, every day, preparing for the future. Now more than ever our vision is going to be essential for us to work together in creative, unique ways to achieve success for our students!

Sincerely,
Heather Bohaty
Superintendent of Schools



March 17 Update:
(March 17 Update - Spanish HERE)
Derby Public Schools will be closed for the remainder of this school year. This closure is an effort to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is under an executive order from Governor Laura Kelly.

Providing quality education and a safe environment for our students, staff and community stakeholders is always our top priority and will remain our priority. Derby Public Schools is committed to continuing to provide exceptional services to our community. While we know this is in the best interest of our community as a whole, we are aware it certainly creates many questions and challenges for our students, families and staff. We will have educational opportunities for our families. Additional information will be shared in the coming days including:

• what continuous learning for our students will look like for the remainder of this school year
• how we will continue to serve students with IEPs (Individualized Education Programs)
• details on free meal services for children ages 1-18 in our community
• events (such as graduation) which would be postponed to a later date

At our Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 23 we are recommending that staff will continue to be paid during this time. Staff will receive more information on what their work schedule will look like in the days ahead.

An online Zoom meeting will be scheduled next week for both staff and families to receive further information and ask questions directly to myself and other district leadership. The date and time of this meeting and all other updates will continue to be communicated with families and staff via Skylert, our mass notification tool, and posted on www.derbyschools.com. (Please note our website has a translation feature. Click on "Select Language" and choose your preferred language from the dropdown.)

As a reminder, this school closure is in response to the current public health crisis. The focus should remain on preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). 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

Please click the links below to review information on Coronavirus (COVID-19):
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
• Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)

Again, Derby Public Schools is committed to continuing to provide exceptional services to our community. These services will look different during this period of time, but do know we are here to support our students, families and staff.

Sincerely,
Heather Bohaty
Superintendent of Schools



March 15 Update:
Derby Public Schools is currently on Spring Break March 16-20, however, we want to let you know that it has been strongly recommended by Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education, to close all schools in Kansas for the week of March 16-20. This is in an effort to flatten the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Coordinated efforts are being determined with state leaders and will be shared by the end of this week. Efforts being discussed include meal services and possible remote learning opportunities if schools were to remain closed. Please know Derby Public Schools is closely monitoring the status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). If at any point a decision is made that impacts Derby Public Schools, we will continue to communicate with families and staff via Skylert, our mass notification tool, and post on www.derbyschools.com.

Sincerely,
Heather Bohaty 
Superintendent of Derby Public Schools


March 13 Update:
Out of precaution, Derby Public Schools will not hold practices or activities on-site or off-site during the week of Spring Break. Resuming practices and activities will be re-evaluated on or before Sunday, March 22.


March 12 from Superintendent of Schools:
Before students and staff leave for Spring Break (March 16-20), I wanted to keep you informed on Coronavirus (COVID-19). Although there are no confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the local area at this time, student and staff safety is our priority and we are proceeding with caution with the rapid changes as national organizations, postsecondary institutions, schools, businesses, etc. have made cancellations around the country within the last 24 hours.

District Leadership is closely monitoring the status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) guidance. One common question is, “will schools close?” We are monitoring closely but at this time, school will be held as normally scheduled. Schools have been advised by the Kansas State Department of Education to follow the guidance of federal, state, and county-level medical experts regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). If at any point a decision is made that impacts Derby Public Schools, we will communicate with you directly via Skylert and post on www.derbyschools.com.

Please click the links below to review information on Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

With Spring Break next week, we know many of our staff and families may be traveling. We are strongly encouraging families who travel outside the country to contact the health department upon their return to be screened. Also, since we're still in the height of cold and flu season we wanted to take this time to share a few general reminders with you:
• Please remember your child should stay at home when they have a temperature above 100 degrees (temperature taken before medication given). The child needs to be fever free 24 hours before returning to school. Derby Public Schools follows the guidance from KDHE regarding all exclusions from schools. 
• The school health rooms are set up to give first aid to the sick and injured, do screenings, give necessary medications, and care for students with chronic health problems. Ill students need to be picked up quickly in order to prevent the spread of disease to others.
• Per the CDC, one of the best things to prevent illness is proper handwashing. Handwashing can help prevent illness. It involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. 
• Our school custodial staff cleans and disinfects regularly to keep our school facilities clean and sanitized. Additionally, when a building is experiencing a large number of illnesses, additional detailed disinfecting is completed. We will be utilizing a 360-degree electrostatic disinfecting machine as needed in our facilities.

Our District Leadership team is continuing to monitor the information and changes that impact our school district. As we receive new guidance, we will keep you updated as information becomes available.   

Sincerely, 
Heather Bohaty
Superintendent of Derby Public Schools



March 5 Update:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been a frequent topic in the news recently. Because of this, we have received a few questions and we wanted to provide our families and staff with facts regarding Coronavirus from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Please click the links below to learn more on the topic:

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) 
• Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) 

Also, since we're still in the height of cold and flu season we wanted to take this time to share a few general reminders with you:
• Please remember your child should stay at home when they have a temperature above 100 degrees (temperature taken before medication given). The child needs to be fever free 24 hours before returning to school. Derby Public Schools follows the guidance from KDHE regarding all exclusions from schools.
• The school health rooms are set up to give first aid to the sick and injured, do screenings, give necessary medications, and care for students with chronic health problems. Ill students need to be picked up quickly in order to prevent the spread of disease to others.
• Per the CDC, one of the best things to prevent illness is proper handwashing. Handwashing can help prevent illness. It involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. 
• Our school custodial staff cleans and disinfects regularly to keep our school facilities clean and sanitized. Additionally, when a building is experiencing a large number of illnesses, additional detailed disinfecting is completed. We will be utilizing our 360-degree electrostatic disinfecting machine on a regular basis at each school.

 

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