The USDA recently released a nationwide waiver extending flexibilities for immediate Free Breakfast and Free Lunch through the Summer Food Program. This waiver allows schools across the nation to serve FREE breakfast and lunch to all students currently enrolled in USD 417 until December 31st or until the State allotted money runs out, whichever happens first. USD 417 opted in and is now participating in this program. We started on Tuesday September 8th, 2020 serving every enrolled child a free breakfast and lunch. Please encourage your child/children to take advantage of the meals we will be providing for them.
Please remember that this waiver expires on December 31st or until the State allotted money runs out, whichever happens first. Your student(s) will then return to their status of full pay, reduced, or free. If your student(s) are currently full pay, you are encouraged to fill out a free and reduced lunch application to see if you qualify. This is a confidential process. Your application, information, and lunch status is protected and kept confidential. You can access the free and reduced lunch application at www.usd417.net, listed under the “Parents-Community” tab, then select “Enrollment Information”. Or, you can contact the district office with any questions as well.
Other important information:
· We will still offer doubles, Ala Carte, and milk with sack lunches
· This will be charged to their lunch account, please keep your child/children’s account positive if they will be using any of these extra services.
· We will be using the alert system to notify parents of negative balances
· If you have paid for lunch/breakfast, the balance will remain in your student(s) lunch account. We do not know how long lunch/breakfast will be free. When the waiver expires, your child’s money will be available to you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Becky Shearer email@example.com or USD 417 District Office 620-767-5192
USD 417 District Food Service Director
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on Coronavirus and the Schools…..
1. Where can I get timely and accurate information about the coronavirus?
KDHE is updating a Question and Answer form on their website frequently. The following is the link to that document:
Staying up to date on the latest coronavirus information can help you feel empowered to take the right steps to protect yourself. Here’s a list of the most accurate and reliable sources you can trust.
US Department of Human Services
State Department of Health
World Health Organization
Our district has received information from Homeland Security about a malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University. Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, which is an information stealing trojan designed to ex-filtrate a variety of sensitive data.
Be careful when clicking on websites for information!
2. Who is the County Health Officer, and does he/she have jurisdiction to close a school?
Currently, Dr. Daniel Frese is the Morris County Health Officer and Dr. Diana Katt is the Wabaunsee County Health Officer. State statutes do allow for the County Health Officer to close a school. Our school district will fully support the decisions of KDHE and our County Health Officials.
3. How long will our school buildings be closed?
Currently, the mandate has been signed for the schools to be closed through Sunday, March 29th. Randy Watson, the Kansas Commissioner of Education, has also strongly suggested that all schools close for this week. We will plan on resuming regular classroom schedules on March 30, 2020 unless otherwise advised.
4. Where should I look for school updates?
We will send updates through our parent notification system. If you need to update your contact information with us, please call the district office. Notices will also be posted on the USD 417 Facebook page, and local news stations will be contacted as well for closings.