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Morris County USD 417

  • USD 417 PreK Screening March 23-24

    For those with children who will be attending the USD 417 PreK Screenings on March 23 and 24 and plan to attend PreK for the 23-24 school year, we are offering an online application (see link below) that can be filled out ahead of time. There will be paper copies available on site at screening as well.  Please contact the CGES office to add your child to the PreK Screening schedule prior to filling out the online application. Link: USD 417 PreK Application
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  • USDA has new proposed updates to the School Nutrition Standards

    Parents, Community Members, and Stakeholders,


    USDA has new proposed updates to the School Nutrition Standards. 

    Per the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Website – (This proposed rule - Child Nutrition Programs: Revisions to Meal Patterns Consistent with the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans - is the next step in an ongoing effort toward healthier school meals that USDA and the broader school meals community have been partnering on for well over a decade.)  

    USDA is looking for your comments, opinions, and general feedback for each proposed nutrition standard.

    USDA is looking at

    • Added Sugars
    • Milk
    • Sodium
    • Whole Grains

    Click this link for more information regarding each standard. 


    • Within each link there is information regarding
      • What the current requirement is
      • What the purposed requirement is
      • Why USDA feels these changes are needed
      • Questions USDA are asking the Public
      • How to submit your comments

    Please take a look at these standards that USDA are requesting and make a comment if you want change, don’t want change, have any kind of an opinion on what/how your child eats.  This is your time to talk about it, don’t wait and miss your chance to be heard.  You have till April 10th 2023 to make your comments

    There are also additional resources such as

    • Comparison chart: Current Standards vs. Proposed Standards
    • Proposed Timeline for Implementation

    Many more informative links are available through this link as well.

    Remember April 10th 2023 is the last day to make a comment! 

    For more information please contact Becky Shearer, bshearer@cgrove417.org

    Becky Shearer

    USD417 District Food Service Director

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  • 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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  • USD 417 COVID-19 Disclosures

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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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  • Kansas Youth Suicide Awareness



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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