All Auburn-Washburn schools are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

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Please click on the links below to access important information related to the school closure, continuous learning, and other programs and supports.

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Visit WRHS.net to see high school specific FAQs


How do we contact administration during the closure? Campus Portal emails do not allow you to reply. We missed supply pick up at Indian Hills Elementary.

On each school homepage (available via usd437.net) there is a staff link on the right hand navigation bar. On that page you will find names and email addresses for administration and other staff.

What will happen to food services balances for this year? Will they be refunded or transitioned to the next school year? What if a child is moving to another school in the district?

For all students grades K-11, balances on account will be carried over to the 20-21 school year to be available for their student's meals in the Fall. For Seniors only, refunds will be issued for the balance in their accounts in the same manner as we have done in the past.

Why are schools closed?

Schools were closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year by order of the Governor in response to the COVID-19 virus. The 2019-20 school year will end, officially, on May 21, 2020, per the Board of Education approved school calendar.

How will learning continue while schools are closed?

Auburn-Washburn has launched a #keeplearning initiative to continue providing learning resources for the remainder of the year. Details will be shared via email and/or contact from your child's teacher. The information will also be available online at usd437.net.

Can students and parents still come on to school property and use outdoor facilities.

To stop the spread of COVID-19, it is important that individuals not gather in any location. Due to the Shawnee County Safer at Home order, our facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice.

What about athletics and activities?

The Kansas State High School Activities Association has canceled all spring athletics and activities for the 2019-2020 school year.

Are student meals available?

"Grab and go" breakfast and lunch sacks will be available to children age 1 to 18 each day schools are closed to students. We are providing the following drive-through distribution:

  • Washburn Rural High School – 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Auburn Elementary – 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Pauline Central – 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

What is the plan for students transitioning to the next grade or seniors graduating?

Updates will be sent to seniors and their families about graduation requirements and graduation as soon as possible.

Updates will be sent to students and parents about grades, high school credits, and transitioning out of the current grade and into the upcoming great next school year as soon as possible.

How can students retrieve personal items from school or return school items?

Washburn Rural High School and Washburn Rural Middle School have developed a procedure for how and when students can pick up school materials from school and return school items. Messages with instructions have been emailed directly to parents. The elementary schools have already responded to specific requests for items or conducted curbside supply returns. Any personal items collected or school property not returned during this time will be handled through a process that is developed as soon as health restrictions allow.

What about Kindergarten Roundup?

Roundup was scheduled to take place on Friday, April 3 for all incoming 2020-2021 kindergartners. If you have a child entering kindergarten in an Auburn-Washburn school next fall and you have already contacted the school, you should be hearing from them soon. If you have an incoming kindergartner and have not yet reached out to your school, we encourage you to do that as soon as possible. The schools will keep parents informed on the steps going forward.

Complete the 2020-2021 Kindergarten information signup.

What about Preschool Screening?

Screening for incoming 2020-2021 preschoolers was set to take place in early April. If you have already been in contact with the preschool, you should be hearing from them soon. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Auburn-Washburn Early Childhood program at 408-8374 or visit them online at usd437.net/schools/early-childhood.

District-Wide FAQ

Posted 3/27/2020, 10:34 AM
Updated 4/1/2020, 8:21 AM

Submit a question

Visit WRHS.net to see high school specific FAQs

How do we contact administration during the closure? Campus Portal emails do not allow you to reply. We missed supply pick up at Indian Hills Elementary.

On each school homepage (available via usd437.net) there is a staff link on the right hand navigation bar. On that page you will find names and email addresses for administration and other staff.

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The Auburn-Washburn School District is pleased to announce openings in the District-Wide half-day State Pre-Kindergarten programs located at Pauline Central Primary, Auburn Elementary, Farley Elementary, Indian Hills Elementary, and Wanamaker Elementary Schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

This program is for residents of USD 437 and is designed to prepare children to succeed in kindergarten. There is no tuition charge, but parents are responsible for a $25 enrollment fee. Transportation is provided to an address within the Auburn-Washburn district boundaries.

Students must be 4 years old by August 31, 2020, live in the Auburn-Washburn School District, and meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Evaluated and has a developmental delay
  • Primary language is not English
  • Parent lacks high school diploma or GED
  • One parent age 19 or younger at child's birth
  • Single-parent family
  • Referral from KS Department for Children & Families for this child
  • Parents are migratory agricultural workers
  • Homeless
  • Qualifies for free school lunch program

Please contact Jill Gratton at grattjil@usd437.net or 339-4039 for more information. Applications are available via email or postal mail.

Attention Preschool Parents

Posted 3/31/2020, 2:30 PM

The Auburn-Washburn School District is pleased to announce openings in the District-Wide half-day State Pre-Kindergarten programs located at Pauline Central Primary, Auburn Elementary, Farley Elementary, Indian Hills Elementary, and Wanamaker Elementary Schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

This program is for residents of USD 437 and is designed to prepare children to succeed in kindergarten. There is no tuition charge, but parents are responsible for…

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If you have a child planning to attend kindergarten in Auburn-Washburn in the 2020-2021 school year, please complete the simple registration form. Completing this form is necessary if you wish to receive further information about 2020-2021 Kindergarten. If you have already completed an online from from your school (i.e. Wanamaker Elementary), it is not necessary to complete this district-wide Auburn-Washburn form. Thank you!

2020-2021 Kindergarten Information Signup

Posted 3/27/2020, 10:50 AM

If you have a child planning to attend kindergarten in Auburn-Washburn in the 2020-2021 school year, please complete the simple registration form. Completing this form is necessary if you wish to receive further information about 2020-2021 Kindergarten. If you have already completed an online from from your school (i.e. Wanamaker Elementary), it is not necessary to complete this district-wide Auburn-Washburn form. Thank you!

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Both the district (usd437.net) and Washburn Rural High School (WRHS.net) have created pages for frequently asked questions related to the school closure and Continuous Learning.

Email has been one of the primary methods for sending information to parents. All general information and parent messages are available through links on usd437.net.

Parents can manage their contact information and preferences through their account settings in Campus Portal. Login at https://campus.usd437.net/campus/portal/auburnwashburn.jsp.

If you have issues receiving messages, please check spam filters and settings. Messages will generally be coming from CampusPortal@usd437.net or other @usd437.net addresses.



Frequently Asked Questions

Posted 4/1/2020, 7:53 PM
Both the district (usd437.net) and Washburn Rural High School (WRHS.net) have created pages for frequently asked questions related to the school closure and Continuous Learning. Email has been one of the primary methods for sending information to parents. All general information and parent messages are available through links on usd437.net. Parents can manage their contact information and preferences through their account settings in Campus Portal. Login…

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The Auburn-Washburn School District is pleased to announce openings in the District-Wide half-day State Pre-Kindergarten programs located at Pauline Central Primary, Auburn Elementary, Farley Elementary, Indian Hills Elementary, and Wanamaker Elementary Schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

This program is for residents of USD 437 and is designed to prepare children to succeed in kindergarten. There is no tuition charge, but parents are responsible for a $25 enrollment fee. Transportation is provided to an address within the Auburn-Washburn district boundaries.

Students must be 4 years old by August 31, 2020, live in the Auburn-Washburn School District, and meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

- Evaluated and has a developmental delay
- Primary language is not English
- Parent lacks high school diploma or GED
- One parent age 19 or younger at child's birth
- Single-parent family
- Referral from KS Department for Children & Families for this child
- Parents are migratory agricultural workers
- Homeless
- Qualifies for free school lunch program

Please contact grattjil@usd437.net or 339-4039 for more information. Applications are available via email or postal mail.



Attention Preschool Parents

Posted 4/1/2020, 12:28 AM
The Auburn-Washburn School District is pleased to announce openings in the District-Wide half-day State Pre-Kindergarten programs located at Pauline Central Primary, Auburn Elementary, Farley Elementary, Indian Hills Elementary, and Wanamaker Elementary Schools for the 2020-2021 school year. This program is for residents of USD 437 and is designed to prepare children to succeed in kindergarten. There is no tuition charge, but parents are responsible for a…

Read more…

If you have a child planning to attend kindergarten in Auburn-Washburn in the 2020-2021 school year, please complete the simple registration form linked from the end of this message. Completing this form is necessary if you wish to receive further information about 2020-2021 Kindergarten. If you have already completed an online from from your school (i.e. Wanamaker Elementary), it is not necessary to complete this district-wide Auburn-Washburn form. Thank you!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBnpaJ04YdIPr9k18liK_f52KdZYT7mOCEy6ryEX7sEBACDg/viewform



Kindergarten Roundup Reboot

Posted 3/27/2020, 8:56 PM
If you have a child planning to attend kindergarten in Auburn-Washburn in the 2020-2021 school year, please complete the simple registration form linked from the end of this message. Completing this form is necessary if you wish to receive further information about 2020-2021 Kindergarten. If you have already completed an online from from your school (i.e. Wanamaker Elementary), it is not necessary to complete this district-wide Auburn-Washburn form. Thank you…

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Auburn-Washburn Transportation Department staff are delivering packaged meals from Harvesters. The meals would normally be sent home with students for the weekend. Instead they will be delivered to homes of students in the program every other Friday.

The Auburn-Washburn Food Service staff are also providing grab and go meals on weekdays at the following drive-up locations:

- Washburn Rural High School – 10:30 am-Noon
- Auburn Elementary (810 N Commercial St, Auburn) – 10:30 am-Noon
- Pauline Central (6625 SW Westview Rd) – 9:00-10:30 am

The grab and go meals are available free of charge to any child age 1 to 18. Adults can pick up the meals without the children present.



Distributing Meals

Posted 3/27/2020, 3:59 PM
Auburn-Washburn Transportation Department staff are delivering packaged meals from Harvesters. The meals would normally be sent home with students for the weekend. Instead they will be delivered to homes of students in the program every other Friday. The Auburn-Washburn Food Service staff are also providing grab and go meals on weekdays at the following drive-up locations: - Washburn Rural High School – 10:30 am-Noon - Auburn Elementary (810 N Commercial…

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THANK YOU to the State Library of Kansas for access to such a variety of useful resources for all Kansans at this unique time in history! Ask a Librarian for assist with access whenever needed. Melanie Webb Downie Lindsay Noll Kufahl Megan Randall Hall Tracey Rickabaugh Elexia Kilgore Alice Reinert Teresa Mueller Riner Marie Pyko

Library Resources Available

Posted 3/26/2020, 3:53 PM
THANK YOU to the State Library of Kansas for access to such a variety of useful resources for all Kansans at this unique time in history! Ask a Librarian for assist with access whenever needed. Melanie Webb Downie Lindsay Noll Kufahl Megan Randall Hall Tracey Rickabaugh Elexia Kilgore Alice Reinert Teresa Mueller Riner Marie Pyko…

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