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Morris County USD 417

  • School Shutdown - Food Services Routes Starting March 30th

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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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  • Employment Information

    USD 417 Vacancies


    Prairie Heights Elementary Physical Education Elementary with Coaching -   (Alta Vista) has an opening for an elementary physical education instructor beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Several supplemental coaching opportunities are available. Please click on Kansas Teaching Jobs for more information.

    School Counselor/Social Worker - USD 417 is seeking applicants to fill a counselor/social worker position that will be opening in the 2020-2021 school year. Please click on Kansas Teaching Jobs for more information.

    Activity/Sub Bus RouteUSD 417 is seeking applicants to fill an opening as a route substitute/activity driver. Assistance training and obtaining a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with S&P Endorsements will be provided.

    Applicants who successfully complete training and obtain employment will receive an initial $150 signing bonus, with another $150 bonus being awarded at the end of the school year if the employee demonstrates and maintains a willingness to fill route and trip vacancies.

    Route substitutes make $22.70 per route and fill in for regular route drivers, typically with at least a week's notice. Training is provided to learn a route before a substitute is expected to drive a route on their own.

    Activity drivers make $12.15 per hour, with a guaranteed 4 hours of pay for each trip. Activity drivers bus students to and from locations for athletic competitions, field trips, etc.during the school day in the afternoon/evening, and occasionally on Saturdays.

    Route substitutes/activity drivers will be offered any benefits-eligible regular route driver openings before those positions are advertised. Currently the district does not have any regular route openings, but we expect to have at least one opening after the 2019-2020 school year concludes.


    1. High school graduate or equivalent.
    2. Hold a valid Kansas Commercial Driver’s License (C.D.L. B or A with S & P Endorsements) OR ability to attend training and obtain Kansas Commercial Driver’s License
    3. Thorough knowledge of traffic laws, bus regulations, district policies, rules, and transportation regulations.
    4. Good driving skills.
    5. No serious driving violations.
    6. Ability to pass a bus driver physical examination.
    7. Ability to pass a Medic First Aid Course.
    8. Ability to pass a Defensive Driving Course.
    9. Ability to maintain good discipline on bus.
    10. Ability to get along well with students, patrons, and staff; exercising courtesy and tact.
    11. Must be 18 years of age or over
    12. Must attend and/or watch required safety meetings.
    13. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as are determined to be appropriate and acceptable.

    If you would like to request further information about becoming a school bus driver for USD 417, please contact Bryce at 620-767-5192 or bjohnson@cgrove417.org.





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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