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COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

Posted Date: 07/09/2020

COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

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.  

DCPS Onward


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. 


  • Protect Our Team 

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. 


  • Protect Our Community

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.  



Ford County Recommendations



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, 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  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:

  • Tendrán juntas la semana que entra para planear que hacer con la educación de los niños.
  • El próximo lunes comenzará el programa de comida para los estudiantes de edades 1-18 años, todos califican. Se les dará una comida y un desayuno para la siguiente mañana. 
  • Tendrán autobuses llevando la comida a varios sitios.
  • Rutas de autobuses escolares: (busque el autobus de Bright Beginings) Horario: 11:00-1:30
    • Entrega de comida (por parte de autobuses
      • Water Sports (Calle Cherry)
      • Glenridge Estates (Cerca de la Escuela Linn) 
      • Countryside Manor
      • Prairie Village
    • También se podrán recoger en algunas escuelas. Es solo para recoger comidas. No se pueden quedar a comer ahí. El horario será de 11:30-1:00.
      • Comanche
      • Sunnyside
      • Miller
      • Central
      • Ross
  • Están tratando de ver si usando tecnología (iPads) es una opción para los estudiantes pequeños, ya que en sus iPads no tienen internet. 
  • Otra opcion sera de hacer paquetes para mandar a cada estudiante.
  • Van a buscar maneras de llegar/ayudar a cada uno de nuestros estudiantes. Las maestras están muy preocupadas por cada uno de ellos.
  • Van a trabajar mucho para hacer lo mejor posible de ayudar a los estudiantes. 



March 18, 2020 PM

Parents, Staff, and Families,

  • Kindergarten enrollment scheduled March 25- April 24 by appointment only.  Call 620-471-2117 to schedule a date and time.
  • We are planning for Continuous Learning for our students. The administration is waiting for waiver and guidance and will make announcements as soon as possible.
  • Continuous Learning materials will be made available in various formats to accommodate translation needs and households with limited or no Internet access.
  • Meals for students will continue. We are working on a plan to provide breakfast and lunch to students through the remainder of the school year.  We will send you information soon about grab and go meals which will be available at no cost to children 18 and under.  

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.


March 18, 2020 AM


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


Important Message 

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 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

  • Dr. Dierksen is in touch with the Kansas Dept of Education (KSDE) daily.  We are awaiting an announcement about continuing school closure.  Stay tuned. We will post updates on the district website,
  •  ATTENTION  – If you traveled over spring break, please review KDHE recommendations and isolation of travelers, close contacts, and those being tested. Together we can minimize the spread of COVID-19.  Please protect others.

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:

(If you have issues with the above link, go to )

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 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:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • To keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


- COVID-19 March 14, 2020

- COVID 19 Home Health Ideas

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

National Association of School Psychology: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource