Due to COVID-19, Governor Laura Kelly, announced that onsite activities for school districts in Kansas closed for the last quarter of the 2019-20 school year. Please see our Continuous Learning Plan Resources page for more information on how Shawnee Heights USD 450 is preparing for the 2020-2021 School Year during this pandemic.

Shawnee Heights USD 450 takes the health of its students and employees very seriously. We want families to know that we are closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and proactively working with state and local health partners for guidance on preventative measures for the Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19. District leaders, school administrators, and school nurses are working together to make the best decisions possible for our schools. In an effort to continue to communicate with our community in light of the rapidly developing Coronavirus situation, district leaders are sharing the following reminders and updates:

 

WHAT IS SHAWNEE HEIGHTS USD 450 DOING?

As needed, leaders will work with professionals at the Shawnee County Health Department, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), and other public health and educational agencies to make the best decisions possible for schools.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO? 

If you have traveled outside of the United States or traveled on a cruise ship in the last 14 days we have been advised by state officials that you should report this to your school building and self-quarantine for 14 days.

Many of you have expressed a desire to volunteer or donate goods at this time. We appreciate your generosity, however in order for us to continue to practice as much social distancing as possible only select staff will be distributing food. There are many ways to help in this crisis, you can donate to your local food pantry, check on your elderly neighbor, or check to make sure the children in your neighborhood are adequately supervised. 

 

STAY HEALTHY

One of the most important things for the Shawnee Heights community to do right now is to remember to take every day preventative actions that are always recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.

On March 24, 2020, a Safer at Home Order has been issued for Topeka and Shawnee County. Beginning Thursday, March 26 at 12:01 a.m., residents will be directed to stay at home to help limit the spread of COVID-19. This order is in effect until April 26, 2020. See the Shawnee County Health Department Press Release for more information.

 

COMMUNICATIONS TO FAMILIES AND STAFF

New information on COVID-19 is changing by the hour and we want to ensure you that we will be communicating with you on a regular basis through email and voice calls to give you the most up-to-date information from the local and state health departments. Emails will be labeled COVID-19 Update and include the date they were sent in the subject line. Below are the most up to date communications regarding COVID-19 that have been sent to our families and staff:

 

HELP RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) webpage

CDC Coronavirus Disease 19 – Stop the Spread of Germs Poster

CDC Coronavirus Disease 19 – Share Facts about COVID-19

CDC Coronavirus Disease 19 – What you need to know about COVID-19

Reducing the Spread of Illness in Child Care

Shawnee County Health Department COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Kansas Pandemic EBT