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May 13, 2020

Whew- we have made it! Today marks the last day of school, a day that is usually full of excitement and anticipation for the summer ahead- of happy tears, hugs, and high fives. When we started on this road together in March, we had to trust that we would reach this point. And we have. While each of us has experienced this journey in our own way, complete with fear, frustration, grace and triumph, we have made it to the conclusion.

This road has been rough for many and there have certainly been disappointments along the way. I think of all of our students for whom this is a year of transition. The Manhattan High School Class of 2020 concluded their K-12 education without the joys of the “last” events that we all remember well. Our 8th grade students will take the leap into high school in the fall without those final moments of comfort with their teams. Our sixth graders will leave the security of schools they might have attended for seven years- places that are their second homes without the hugs and cheers of the teachers who have watched them grow both in height and in knowledge. And for our families who will be moving over the summer, there has been no opportunity to say goodbye. It has been hard.

But there have also been points of beauty along this path. Families have found creative ways to adapt our Continuous Learning plans to meet their own needs- taking a science lesson outside and pairing it with a walk or applying math concepts in the kitchen to try a new recipe. Our secondary students have stretched their independence, adapting to new technology and responsibilities. And our teachers have once again shown their love and dedication for their students, finding innovative ways to nurture the relationships that they know are foundational to learning.

So we would like to say, thank you. Any person who has touched the life of a student has our gratitude. You have put their needs above your own and their assurance before your fears. You have done all you could do to support their continued growth and learning. And most of all, you have been kind and full of grace. You have given each other room for all of the stuff that comes with a challenging journey and you have prioritized relationships over perfection. Again, thank you.

Last fall, the MHS Big Blue Marching Band was faced with a challenge. There were more musicians than there were uniforms- a great problem to have, but still a problem. So the directors and student leaders devised a solution. In keeping with the theme of the festival show “The Blue Frontier”, the band would wear Western gear, complete with blue jeans, plaid button down shirts, and bandanas. I don’t know that any of the parents were sold on this idea initially. This wasn’t what we expected or wanted. And then we watched the show. We watched a group of more than 200 teenagers embrace and overcome a situation that was less than ideal, and it was something to behold to see how much fun they had doing it. A special moment that has stayed with me over the year and that comes to mind right now came at the conclusion of that show. The performance ended with groups of band members linking arms and walking off the field singing “Happy Trails”. That moment on the field showed their connection as a family. It showed the love they have for each other and their school, even if they didn’t know it.

Our students, families, teachers and staff have done the same thing, but with a much more serious challenge. You have come together and found solutions to one problem after another.  And so I think of those words now, on a day when we don’t get to link arms, but we can sing together “Happy trails to you… till we meet again”. And we will meet again.

Happy Trails

 

Karla Hagemeister
Board President
Manhattan-Ogden USD 383


 

May 4, 2020

Dear USD 383 Families:

As we finish strong during these final days of the 2019-2020 school year, I want to thank you for the patience and understanding you have displayed to Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 staff during the past seven weeks. We know many of you remain under tremendous pressure as the result of COVID-19, yet you continue to grant the grace Board President Hagemeister spoke about at the onset of this pandemic.

With school ending May 13, now is a good time to focus on new COVID-19 orders, summer plans within the district, and an early look toward the 2020-2021 school year.

STATE AND LOCAL COVID-19 DIRECTIVES WENT INTO EFFECT TODAY

Both orders keep USD 383 school buildings closed for the remainder of this school year, with provisions for school buildings to reopen in August if local health conditions improve. 

PLANNING FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Our current expectation is that school will return to pre-COVID operations when students report back August 12. However, administration is researching options in case the state would once again need to impose restrictions on schools.

Every decision made and every action taken during these next three months will consider whether it helps or hinders our ability to resume face-to-face instruction on August 12.

SUMMER PROGRAMS 2020

With the critical objective of reopening school buildings in August, the following program guidelines have been implemented for the summer of 2020:

  • As of right now, USD 383 Childhood Nutrition feeding sites will continue at the majority of current locations until we receive United States Department of Agriculture and Kansas State Department of Education guidance regarding summer feeding programs.

     

  • With student and staff health as a primary concern, the following programs WILL NOT be offered during the summer of 2020 because of their reliance on in-person participation:
    • Flint Hills Summer Fun Camp
    • English Language Learner Newcomer Academy
    • Amanda Arnold Childcare Program
    • Camp Kindergarten (Raising Riley)
    • Preschool Summer Program (Head Start at College Hill for 3-5 year olds)
    • 21st Century Community Learning Center at ALL sites - This includes all Boys & Girls Club programs located in USD 383 facilities
    • Kansas Reading Roadmap at ALL sites - This includes all Boys & Girls Club programs located in USD 383 facilities

       

  • With student and staff health as a primary concern, the following programs WILL be offered during the summer of 2020 because they may be done through virtual participation:
    • Summer STEM Institute
    • MHS Success Options (credit recovery)
    • Manhattan Virtual Academy
    • Summer Reading Program

       

  • Special Education Extended School Year services WILL be provided in July.

     

  • Drivers Education will NOT be available for student enrollment during the summer. However, students currently enrolled in drivers education this spring will be allowed to finish bookwork and then complete required driving time when allowable by local health department guidelines.

Thank you again for all you have done to make the most of a challenging situation. Although it has been difficult and we still have a long way to go, I share a belief with others that USD 383 will ultimately become stronger, better and more compassionate from what is learned through our community-wide response to COVID-19.

Wishing all of you a safe, healthy and enjoyable summer.           

Marvin Wade, Superintendent
Manhattan-Ogden USD 383


Queridas Familias del Distrito Escolar 383:

A medida que terminamos fuerte durante éstos dias finales del año escolar 2019-2020, quiero agradecer la paciencia y entendimiento que han mostrado al personal del Distrito Escolar 383 Manhattan-Ogden durante las últimas siete semanas. Sabemos que muchos de ustedes permanecen bajo una tremenda presión como resultado del COVID-19 y aún asi continuan otorgando gracia, como dijo Hagesmeister, Presidenta de la Junta al inicio de ésta pandemia.

Con las clases terminando el 13 de Mayo, ahora es el mejor tiempo para enfocarnos a las nuevas órdenes del COVID-19, los planes de verano dentro del distrito  y una vista temprana hacia el año escolar 2020-2021.

DIRECTIVOS ESTATALES Y LOCALES DEL COVID-19 ENTRARON EN EFECTO HOY

Ámbas órdenes mantienen los edificios escolares del Distrito Escolar 383 cerrados por lo que resta del año escolar con proviciones para que los edificios escolares reabran en Agosto si las condiciones de salud mejoran.

PLANEANDO PARA EL AÑO ESCOLAR 2020-2021

Nuestras expectativas actuales es que las clases volverán a las operaciones pre-covid cuando los estudiantes se reporten de regreso el 12 de Agosto. Sin embargo la administración está investigando opciones en caso de que el estado vuelva a imponer restricciones en las escuelas

Cada decisión hecha y cada acción tomada durante los tres próximos meses considerará ya sea si ayuda u obstaculiza nuestra habilidad de resumir instrucción cara a cara el 12 de Agosto.

 

PROGRAMAS DE VERANO 2020

Con el objetivo crítico de reabrir los edificios escolares en Agosto, el sigueinte programa de guía de reglas generales ha sido implementado para el verano 2020:

  • Hasta ahora el sitio de alimentación de Nutrición Infantil del Dsitrito Escolar 383 continuará en la mayoría de las locaciones hasta que recibamos la guía de reglas generales por parte del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos y el Departemento de Educación del Estado de Kansas respecto a los programas de alimentación durante el verano.

     

  • Con la salud del estudiante y el personal como preocupación principal, los siguientes programas NO ofrecerán sus servicios:
    • Flint Hills Summer Fun Camp
    • English Language Learner Newcomer Academy
    • Amanda Arnold Childcare Program (Programa de Guarderia)
    • Camp Kindergarten (Raising Riley)
    • Preschool Summer Program (Head Start at College Hill para niños de 3-5 años de edad)
    • 21st Century Community Learning Center at ALL sites – Esto incluye todos los programas de Boys & Girls Club localizados en las instalaciones del Distrito Escolar USD 383.
    • Kansas Reading Roadmap at ALL sites – Esto incluye programas de Boys & Girls Club localizados en las instalaciones del Distrito Escolar 383.

       

  • Con la salud del estudiante y el personal como preocupación principal, los siguientes programas SI ofrecerán sus servicios durante el verano 2020 porque serán hechos a través de la participación virtual:
    • Summer STEM Institute
    • MHS Success Options (credit recovery)
    • Manhattan Virtual Academy
    • Summer Reading Program (Programas del Lectura)

       

  • Los servicios de Educación Especial del Año Escolar Extendido SERÁ proporcionado en el mes de Julio.

  • Las Clases de Manejo NO estarán disponibles para estudiantes que se inscriban en el verano. Sin embargo a los estudiante actualmente inscritos ésta primavera se les permitirá terminar su cuaderno de trabajo y después completarán el tiempo de manejo requerido cuando sea permitido por las guías de reglas generales del departamento de salud local.

Gracias otra vez por todo lo que han hecho para hacer lo mejor de ésta situación desafiante. Aunque ha sido difícil y todavía tenemos un largo camino a seguir, comparto una creencia con otras personas que el Distrito Escolar 383 finalmente se hará más fuerte, mejor y más compasivo por lo que se ha aprendido a través de la respuesta de la comunidad al COVID-19.

Deseándoles  a todos un verano seguro, saludable y agradable.     

Marvin Wade, Superintendente
Manhattan-Ogden USD 383