Statement from USD 480 Superintendent Renae Hickert

Joe Denoyer - March 17, 2020 5:27 pm

USD 480

Today, March 17, 2020 Governor Laura Kelly announced all school facilities will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This will place tremendous hardship on our families and staff, and impact the social and emotional well-being of our students.

Although the schools are officially closed, our staff is working on how to continue learning opportunities for students. Details will be made available sometime next week.

Meals are available at the following locations Monday-Friday.

12:00-1:00 (*unless noted otherwise)

840 N. Washington

615 Warren

1500 E. Bluebell

1000 Balboa *12:00/12:30

821 Millwood Circle *12:30/1:00

2145 Ramey Road

108 S. Pershing

404 S. New York

710 S. Western

310 W. Pine *12:00/12:30

950 S. Grant *12:30/1:00

215 S. Western

700 N. Jordan

1002 E. 2nd Street

1200 N. Calvert

Our staff and board of education are also working on other critical issues, such as what this means for our seniors, how this will impact next school year and what impact this will have on our employees. We will provide updates on these issues as soon as the information is available.

We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority. Updates will be shared via our website/app, Facebook, Twitter and local media outlets.

As a reminder, this school closure is in response to the current public health crisis. The focus should remain on preventing the spread the coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it is also referred to.

Please be mindful of the following:

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing (cough/sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue).
Please keep sick children at home.
Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
Follow additional guidance from these sources:

National Center for Disease Control (CDC) 
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) 


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