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CORONAVIRUS: USD 253 Emporia continues adapting multifaceted response effort Featured

By September 16, 2020 304
Students line up outside Timmerman Elementary to get their temperatures checked on the first day of classes earlier this month. Students line up outside Timmerman Elementary to get their temperatures checked on the first day of classes earlier this month. KVOE News file photo

Given all the challenges provided by the coronavirus pandemic, USD 253 Emporia Superintendent Kevin Case says he's pleased with the start of the fall trimester and the plan developed to meet all the needs involved for students and families.


Case credited all involved -- staff, administrators and board members -- for their diligence in planning for the school year and their work now that the fall trimester is two weeks old. There have been some hiccups along the way. Walnut Elementary has three kindergarten classrooms and a third-grade classroom now using remote-only learning for the time being after a COVID-19 cluster developed. Case says that was to be expected -- and there was a plan for that.

 

Some of the hiccups have also dealt with technology. Associate Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Judy Stanley says students and parents may have to make some adjustments to improve their learning environment at home.

 


Part of the response effort has included a slew of lengthy board meetings over the summer as well as a bevy of communications to parents, students and patrons. Community Relations Director Lyndel Landgren says the district is using information as submitted by parents at enrollment. It then uses a variety of means to get the message out.



The district -- and others across the country -- got help from the US Department of Agriculture earlier this month when the agency said all breakfasts and lunches would be available to students free of charge. Food Service Director Denise Kater says parents should fill out the free and reduced lunch application any time their circumstances change - but also because the USDA help won't last through the full academic year.

Tuesday's Showcase was the latest in a series of Morning Show updates on the start of school across the area. More information about the district's response is online at www.usd253.org. Click here for the full program.

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