Posted Date: 09/13/2021
At its regular meeting, the USD 470 Board of Education voted to extend the current mask requirement through September 27.
We know our staff, students, and families have a variety of opinions related to wearing masks and we respect the mixed emotions you may have about this decision.
The decision to continue requiring masks was made based on several important factors:
- Our primary goal is to keep our students safely learning in person each day.
- Children under 12 are not yet eligible for the vaccine and a significant portion of eligible students remain unvaccinated.
- Based on CDCs contact tracing guidance, if an unmasked student tests positive, nearby students must quarantine, even if they were wearing masks. However, if both the positive case and the contacts are masked, the contacts may stay in school. USD 470 will apply this to staff members who might be close contacts too.
- Our recent mask requirement has significantly reduced the number of students missing school due to “close contact” quarantine.
- The CDC, KDHE, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend a mask requirement for student and staff safety, and as a way to help schools remain open.
In addition to these factors, the district currently lacks the personnel to adequately maintain a test-to-stay model without masking. The Board will revisit the issue on September 27. In the meantime, the district will continue to work toward hiring additional nurses and/or health aides and prepare gating criteria with the goal of reducing the need for widespread masking. We appreciate your support and cooperation as we move forward. Thank you for helping us protect each other and remain in school.
To view the updated plan, please visit https://bit.ly/3ljojIR.
August/September Calendar of Events
August 17th – Pop in for Pizza with PTO @ 5:00
Backpack Night 5:30 – 6:30
August 19th – First Day of School K – 12th
August 23rd – First day of ½ Day Preschool
September 6th – No School
September 13th – PTO & Site Council @ 5:00 (virtual)
September 21st – Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00 – 7:00
September 22nd – No School for ½ Pre-K only
September 23rd – No School – Parent teacher conferences 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
September 24th – No School – Teachers not on duty
Boxtops for Education has changed. Instead of clipping from packages and checking the expiration dates, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipt. Just download the app from App Stor or get it on Google Play and begin scanning your receipts. Be sure you are set up to donate your box tops to C-4 Elementary. Thanks for helping our school get what it needs!
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All C4 children and their families are invited to participate in the Rising New York Road Runners organization and log their laps to earn prizes. See Mrs. Kramer if you're intereseted in getting started.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
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To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.
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