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COVID-19 Update for Families - Friday, October 23, 2020

As we enter the final weeks of the first quarter of the school year, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you for your support in our efforts to return to school. Collectively, what we are doing as a county is working. Wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining proper social distancing is making a tremendous difference. We wouldn’t be in this position without your help and dedication. We cannot become complacent. We must continue these efforts. Again, thank you.


On Thursday, October 23, 2020, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department (LDCHD) determined that Douglas County is currently in the Green phase. This decision was made as a result of the declining 14-day moving average of new cases and positivity rate for the county. As a community, we need to continue to do our part. Click here to view the LDCHD’s Safe and Smart School Reopening webpage for additional information. 


Our schools will remain in the modified in-person model until the  LDCHD assigns a Green phase for the county for two consecutive weeks. Should a Green phase be assigned next Thursday, October 29, 2020, we plan to return to in-person learning five (5) days per week, beginning the following Monday, November 2, 2020. Based on our school calendar, the first 5-day week would occur from November 16 to 20. At any point, should the county move back to the Yellow Phase, we will utilize our modified in-person model. As always, we will be sure to keep you informed. 


As the first quarter comes to close, Remote Only families will be making a decision to continue with the Remote Only model or shift to our return to school plan. To help our Remote Only families make this important decision, we are in the process of gathering data that can be used to inform their decision. This information will be made available to everyone on our district website early next week.  


As a county, we are only in this position as a result of the diligence and intentional efforts being made during this pandemic. While wearing a mask, washing hands regularly, and social distancing may appear as an inconvenience to some, it is essential in our efforts to mitigate and spread the illness. If you are sick, please stay home. The sacrifices we need to make at this time will only benefit us in the future.



Steve Splichal 

Superintendent of Schools

Eudora USD 491