State/COVID-19 News as of March 28, 2020
“As part of ongoing efforts to limit the spread of novel coronavirus in Kansas, today Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order 20-16, making Kansas the 22nd state in the nation to institute a temporary, statewide stay-home order. It will exist in conjunction with the Kansas Essential Function Framework for COVID-19 response efforts and will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30. The measure will be in place at least until Sunday, April 19.”
Under Executive Order 20-16, Kansans are directed to stay home unless performing one of the following essential activities:
1. Obtaining food, medicine and other household necessities
2. Going to and from work at a business or organization performing an essential function as identified in the Kansas Essential Function Framework
3. Seeking medical care
4. Caring for children, family members or pets, or caring for a vulnerable person in another location
5. Engaging in an outdoor activity, provided individuals maintain a distance of six feet from one another and abide by the 10-person limitation on gathering size.
As part of the governor’s proclamation, areas of DISTRIBUTION and MANAGEMENT have identified two main issues concerning the School District at this time;
1. The distribution of the USD 398 Free Breakfast and Lunch Program WILL CONTINUE, and
2. The facilities will remain open to essential personnel and teachers, as allowed by other executive orders, including Executive Order 20-07, and under the direction of the State Board of Education, the State Department of Education, and Kansas Board of Regents.
USD 398 will continue to operate under the direction of Executive Order 20-07 and the Marion County Health Department’s guidelines. All plans that have been made up to this point are still in effect. On Monday;
- Teachers will begin their online studies with students,
- Breakfast and Lunch Distribution will continue, and
- The PBES chromebook and personal items distribution will continue as planned.
USD 398 Students, Parents, and Patrons; please limit your travel, maintain safe personal distancing, and ALWAYS wash your hands when given the opportunity.
Be Smart...Be Safe!
Superintendent, Peabody-Burns USD 398