District-Wide FAQ

Posted 3/27/20, 10:34 AM
Updated 4/9/20, 10:21 AM

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Is anyone able to tell us how this will impact the performance level at which the students will begin their classroom work next year and what will be expected of them as it pertains to completing their core curriculum in a regular school year period?

When school resumes, all of our students will have experienced the same situation. We anticipate that our teachers will do what they always do; meet each child where they are and move them forward. Being an unprecedented situation, it is unclear now how this will all play out. However, we are confident that no student will be at a disadvantage in our classrooms when we are able to resume instruction in a more traditional way. We don’t want the return to school to be something families worry about right now.

How do we contact administration during the closure? Campus Portal emails do not allow you to reply.

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.