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COVID-19 Update - Friday, September 11, 2020

The start of the 2020-2021 school year has gone very smoothly. Thank you for your support and flexibility as we work to implement some new procedures. Our students have definitely stepped up to the challenge. Later this evening, you can expect communication from your student's principal with more information regarding next week. While the situation we are in may be unusual, our students remain remarkable. 


As you may already know, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has continued to place Douglas County in the Yellow Phase, after updating their weekly data. At last night's board meeting, our Board of Education has directed our schools to operate under the hybrid instructional model beginning Monday, September 14, 2020, for a period of two weeks. The board will re-evaluate at a special meeting on September 24, 2020. 


As we move forward with the school year, we must continue with our efforts to assess student symptoms and take temps during arrival each day when we are meeting in-person. Additionally, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has determined that students cannot test out of quarantine. This means a negative COVID-19 result will not allow a student to return to in-person before completing an assigned 14-day quarantine period. The LDCHD has also determined that a rapid COVID-19 test does not produce a viable result and will not be used to return to school. Please click here to view a flowchart that explains how to proceed if your student does not feel well.


Athletics and activities will continue in our current form. Coaches continue with their mitigation efforts. Additionally, we will continue to provide athletes with a limited number of tickets for our home events. Wearing a mask continues to be an expectation for those in attendance. Social distancing at events will increase to 10 feet between family groups. 


Again, we cannot express our thanks and appreciation for your support, engagement, and feedback. There are many new procedures, plans, and practices being implemented. After daily reflection, adjustments are made to provide improvement. Our students, parents, and staff have truly embraced the community approach, which has made our return to school efforts successful. 


In closing, please be mindful that each and every one of us is working hard to try to battle through the challenges of the pandemic. Be mindful that differences of opinion are not cause for personal attack. Be mindful that each of us has the ability to impact the trajectory that we are on.  Wash your hands.  Wear the mask.  Keep your distance.  



Steve Splichal 

Superintendent of Schools

Eudora USD 491