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Morris County USD 417

  • 2023-2024 Student Calendar

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  • Statement from the USD #417 Board of Education:

    Dear Stakeholders,
    We wish to take a moment to explain our next steps. We believe it is safe to say patrons are concerned about our district’s wellbeing, both present and future. The board knows that there is hard work ahead.
    On Monday, February 13th, 2023 -  during the regularly scheduled board meeting - our auditor provided a report on the district’s financial operations. We want you to know that when concerns regarding financial practices in the district came to our attention, we took swift action to investigate them. We recognize that we have room for growth in this area, and that you are trusting us not only with the education of your students but also with being fiscally responsible stewards of public funds. 
    We know you all want answers and immediate action steps. Please understand that as a board, we are focused on listening, learning, and reflecting and we ask for your patience as we work through these stages. Our board has every intention to welcome others to be part of our work, to be able to see changes to policy and practice we make to correct these issues, and to walk alongside us as we attempt to eliminate obstacles getting in the way of our ability to
    focus on meeting student needs. 
    However, there are certain discussions the law and individual privacy rights do not allow us to have publicly, such as those impacting specific staff members or students. While greater transparency will be a goal of ours in moving forward, we ask for your understanding that there are lines we cannot cross as a board or individual board members when confidential information is concerned. Please keep in mind that we are committed to clear and consistent two-way communication with our employees, families, and community in the weeks and
    months ahead. 
    USD #417 Board of Education
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  • Free Breakfast For USD 417 Students

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  • Kansas Assessment Program - 2021 Parent Guide

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  • Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on Coronavirus and the Schools

    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.

    CDC https:// www.cdc.gov
    US Department of Human Services https://www.hhs.gov
    State Department of Health https://kdheks.gov
    World Health Organization https://who.int

    County Health Departments Morris,  Wabaunsee,  Geary,  Lyon


    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. 

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Notice of Non-discrimination:   USD #417 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Aron Dody, 17 S Wood Street, Council Grove, Kansas 66846 (620)767-5192