Dear USD 207 Parents/Guardians,
From my recommendation, the Board of Education at Fort Leavenworth USD 207 approved today at a special board meeting that the school district will be moving to a remote learning environment for ALL students beginning on November 30th, 2020, and continue through January 8th, 2021.
It is important to emphasize that this was a tough decision and not one taken lightly. The decision was not made because of COVID-19 transmission within our schools. We continue to see schools doing an excellent job of implementing our District protocols, including social distancing, all students and staff wearing masks, hand washing/hand sanitizing, stable group cohorts, and increased cleaning measures throughout all of our school and district buildings. These actions have supported keeping transmissions low within schools; however, a rising number of students and staff are in quarantine. As of Monday, Leavenworth County had a 16.9% positivity rate, and we have seen increases in positive cases and contacts of positives in the Fort Leavenworth community. This continued local and area exponential rise of COVID-19 cases was a significant factor in implementing full district Remote Learning for all USD 207 students.
Additionally, I do not want to risk a super-spread or a cluster that could cause health concerns and interrupt upcoming holiday travel and plans for students, families, and staff originating out of schools. Activities such as birthday parties, holiday events, neighborhood gatherings, social outings to eat and drink, etc., are collectively doubling the case count of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout the State of Kansas. While these exposures might not originate in a school setting, they negatively impact school districts’ ability to adequately staff and supervise classrooms when employees test positive or are under a household quarantine order.
In the next day or two, information will be shared about more specific details, including taking home all necessary resources, books, workbooks, technology, and materials for home use. Additionally, information about signing up for and picking up Remote Lunch will be shared as well.
Thank you in advance for your support as we continue to educate our USD 207 students, though temporarily now in a fully Remote Learning environment beginning November 30th. For initial information on Remote Learning, please visit our website at www.usd207.org under the Back-to-School tab. In this tab, on the left-hand side, you’ll see sample schedules as well as a brief description of Remote Learning.
Superintendent of Schools
Fort Leavenworth School District