South Hutchinson Elementary 2-Day Shut Down
We plan to have school at our normal start time tomorrow, Thursday January 6th, 2022. With an anticipated windchill in the negatives, please be cautious as you send your students to school in the morning to ensure they are properly dressed. Additionally, we would urge you to accompany any bus riders to their stop to ensure buses are running on time. We will reevaluate the weather at 5:00AM and should our plans change, we will reach out at that time. Thank you and be safe!
Panther Staff and Families, The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority. The Nickerson/South Hutchinson District has become aware of a troubling social media trend that has been shared widely this week on the platform TikTok referring to a potential threat to school safety on Friday, December 17. While there have not been any credible reports within our district regarding this TikTok trend, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously. We have been in contact with the Reno County Sheriff’s Department and Cheif Allen has been alerted. Out of an abundance of caution, we may have an increased police presence in our buildings on December 17. We are proud of our outstanding students and staff, and take pride in the excellent environment USD 309 provides to learn and work. These harmful social media trends are a distraction from our learning environment, and are unacceptable. We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online. If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member or trusted adult immediately. As always, thank you for your ongoing partnership as we serve our students in a safe, secure, and positive learning environment.
Due to the high winds and the anticipation they will continue into the evening, ALL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES are canceled for today, Wednesday, December 15th. Also, anticipate slower bus times as drivers contend with weather and road conditions.
Test-To-Learn/Stay/Play Beginning this week, USD 309 Nickerson / South Hutchinson will begin the Test-To-Learn protocol. Students who have been identified as a close-contact to a positive COVID case, and whose parents have completed the Consent Waiver (see link below) will be allowed to stay in school if they submit to testing each day and remain masked while in school. https://forms.gle/vVx8qu9T2Xc77c2o9
USD 309 is applying for Federal dollars to assist in our COVID response efforts. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey, which will close this Sunday night (8/15/21). https://forms.gle/13gpp6J3TuvzvHuVA Thank you
The agenda for USD 309 Special Board Meeting for August 2, 2021 is ready to view. The meetings will be held at the District Office at 7:00 p.m. https://www.boarddocs.com/ks/usd309/Board.nsf Thank you!!!
U S D 3 oh 9 will be having our district wide student registration on August 3, 2021. This will take place at the district offices located at 4501 West 4th Ave in Hutchinson Kansas. The district offices will be open from 7 a m to 7 p m. Visit us online at www.usd309ks.org.
Online Student Registration is Now Open. Please visit the USD309 website for more information and links to start your students registration process. Thanks!!!
Reno County is in the Yellow Zone for the week of 5/3/21, this is the second week in a row in the Yellow Zone. Please note, the PTR and the cases have steadily increased, however, the testing rate is very low, so the New Case Count per 100,000 is what we are looking at for Gating Metrics. Recommendations from the RCHD and the Medical Collaborative regarding Covid-19 include the following mitigating measures, social distance by more than 6 ft., wash hands frequently, wear a mask, stay home when you are sick, and get vaccinated. If you are sick you may get tested through your provider or the Free Community Testing site. Log on to https://www.gogettested.com/ for more information and directions as to how to sign up. This Week’s Data: Prior Data: 14 Day PTR – 4/26– 11.7% 14 Day PTR - 4/19– 17.3% 14 Day New Case - 4/19– 62 14 Day New Case-4/19- 63 We are encouraging students over 16 to be vaccinated, they would not be excluded from end of year activities if they were exposed to Covid-19, as we would consider them immune for 6 months after they are 2 weeks post fully vaccinated. We encourage parents and students to consider this option. Kansas is now vaccinating individuals 16 – up, vaccines do need to be age appropriate for the individual (Pfizer 16 yrs. and up, Moderna is for 18 yrs. and up). You may go to https://vaccinefinder.org/ and find locations that have the brand you are looking for. Reno County Health Dept. is scheduling appointments and walk-ins or go online and visit the Hutchinson Clinic, Dillon’s pharmacies, Walmart or The Medicine Shoppe for availability.