Posted Date: 07/09/2020
NEW July 9, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are very excited for the upcoming school year. Indeed, it is challenging to prepare for opening day when there is still uncertainty due to COVID-19. However, we are working to make the best accommodations for our students and staff and keep us as safe as possible. The importance of academic instruction for all children is fundamental for their development and well-being, so we are prepared to be flexible with our education plans. It is our top priority to support the overall health of our students, families, and communities. We will be incorporating the state and county recommendations for our district. We will work to keep you informed of DCPS Reopening Plans and COVID situations through the district website, social media channels and district email.
June 26, 2020
Dodge City Public Schools
Re: COVID-19 Fundamental Guidelines
District leaders continue to monitor the disease response and recovery in Ford County to determine the best plan of action for on-site training and in-person meetings for business and classroom preparedness. All scheduled activity will comply with recommendations from the Ford County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
As of July 1, 2020, Dr. Dierksen, Superintendent of Schools, requested that non-classified staff return to work in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year. The Covid-19 pandemic presents on-going challenges as we work to reopen our schools. We must continue to adhere to basic mitigation practices to stop the spread.
Monitor temperatures and symptoms regularly. Recommend face coverings. Provide workspaces where 6 feet of distance is maintained; if the spacing is not available, recommend face coverings. Disinfect workspaces at the beginning and end of each shift/workday. If traveling to or from a designated “hot spot,” contact your direct supervisor and arrange to quarantine for the recommended 14 days.
Maintain necessary cleaning and public health practices. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between consumers -- being mindful of areas such as checkouts and customer service areas.
May 27, 2020
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as “food stamps,” is the largest food assistance program administered by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. SNAP is one of the primary ways we address hunger, malnutrition, and poverty in the U.S. SNAP plays an essential role in reducing food security and improving the health of our hungry neighbors. In Kansas, SNAP is administered by the Department for Children and Families.
If you have questions, call 620-371-1000.
May 20, 2020
Dodge City Resource Guide
May 12, 2020
Kansas Resource Guide for Caregivers
April 20, 2020
Dodge City Public Schools received notification by Ford County Health Department this afternoon that one kitchen staff employee at Ross Elementary tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
School officials, as directed by Ford County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, quarantined all kitchen staff working at Ross. As an added safety precaution, school officials also quarantined the custodians on duty at Ross.
Lunches will be prepared off-site and delivered to Ross Elementary as a distribution point. Therefore, meals may still be picked up Ross Elementary as scheduled.
Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. We will continue to
provide updates as they relate to school operations via the district website at USD443.org, ENotes, District App, Facebook, and Twitter.
March 24, 2020
We wish to share a wonderful resource to assist with parenting during The Outbreak. The website is also translated into Spanish – at the top of the page you can select the Spanish option.
March 23, 2020
Kindergarten registration now postponed until further notice.
If you have scheduled an appointment, you will be contacted by phone.
In the meantime, please sign up for E-Notes through the district website www.USD443.org. You will receive school notifications and announcments via email or text .
March 22, 2020
Tomorrow Administrators will be working on the Continuous Learning format for our students. Parents – your response to the survey is very helpful in determining the best format for delivering materials. We thank you for your willingness to work with our staff to provide additional learning opportunities for your child.
March 20, 2020
This confidential survey is for staff to thoughfully plan for school closures due to COVID-19.
USD 443 Continuous Learning Parent Survey/Encuesta Para Padres Sobre El Aprendizaje Continuo
March 19, 2020
Dr. Dierksen's radio interview with Josh 96.3
Dr. Dierksen’s message – Spanish translation
El superintendente dio una entrevista en la radio esta mañana. Aquí está un poco de información para los que no la escucharon:
March 18, 2020 PM
Parents, Staff, and Families,
Our team will continue to provide you with updates as we work our way through this situation. It is new to all of us and we appreciate your continued support as we work to keep our students and staff healthy and safe.
WE ARE STILL EXPERIENCING ISSUES WITH DISTRICT EMAIL - INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED ON DISTRICT WEBSITE EACH DAY.
March 18, 2020 AM
USD 443 EMPLOYEES – DO NOT ENTER SCHOOL BUILDINGS UNLESS YOU HAVE PERMISSION FROM Dr. Dierksen or S. (Hammer) Russell. Thank you!
Parents, Staff, Students,
Good morning! Superintendent Dr. Dierksen and cabinet members are meeting this morning to work on plans for continued learning for our students. This plan will need to be approved by state officials. It may take several days. We will continue to post updates as information is available, and as the situation changes. We will have a response team available to your questions starting next week, as early as Tuesday. We thank you for your patience as we work through this situation. #EEII #DCPSSafe
On March 17, Governor Laura Kelly announced Kansas schools will be closed and cease in-person instruction as we know it through May 31, 2020. SCHOOL WILL CONTINUE, but it will be different. There will be no delivery of instruction to students before Monday, March 30, 2020. Please watch your email and district website USD443.org for specific instructions about learning opportunities. Administrators and Instructors will be providing more information on continued learning for our students. We thank you for your patience as we work through this situation.
March 17, 2020
March 16, 2020
Fr: Dr. Fred Dierksen
We continue to receive updates on how to mitigate the spread of the virus. if you have traveled over spring break, please adhere to travel recommendations: https://khap2.kdhe.state.ks.us/NewsRelease/PDFs/3-15-20%20Quarantine%20recommendations%20FINAL.pdf
(If you have issues with the above link, go to www.kdheks.gov )
Because this is an ever-changing situation, we will continue to update this site to keep you informed.
Thank you for your support and partnership as we work together to maintain a healthy learning environment
March 15, 2020
Fr: Dr. Fred Dierksen
Re: COVID19- Coronavirus
We have received recommendations from the Governor’s Office, KDHE, and KSDE to take immediate measures to avoid the communal spread of the virus.
Starting IMMEDIATELY through Sunday, March 22 – NO SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES ALLOWED IN USD 443 BUILDINGS. This includes all school and community practices, activities, socials, church, and meetings.
March 13, 2020
Dodge City Public Schools administration is closely monitoring the presence of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Kansas. We are following suggestions and guidelines as they are issued from the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), and Ford County Health Department. As a result of this information, USD 443 will be canceling all school-related out-of-state travel – effective immediately. This includes all out-of-state field trips, events, conferences, tournaments, and athletic activities. The postponement of travel will remain in effect until further notice. The decision was made as a cautionary measure to minimize the risk to students, staff, and families.
We are asking all Dodge City Public Schools students, families, and staff to follow suggested protocols to prevent the spread of virus-related illness. Crowded settings like airports, theme parks, and concerts may increase your risk for exposure to the coronavirus. If you do decide to travel, please practice healthy habits to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19.
Currently, all DCPS buildings are fully operational, and scheduled activities within the schools, as well as travel in Kansas, will continue as scheduled until further notice.
Please stay informed by monitoring information available on the district site www.usd443.org. We thank you for understanding that the health and safety of our students and staff remain our top priority when making difficult decisions.
Dodge City Public Schools is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students, staff, and the community. DCPS is coordinating with Ford County Health Department, KDHE, KSDE to provide our families with current information.
The CDC, KDHE, KSDE recommend standard precautions:
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
National Association of School Psychology: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource