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The COVID-19 pandemic is a national crisis that poses a serious health risk for everyone. The health, safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families is a top priority for Haysville USD 261. On this page you will find important updates, incident information, our learning plan, procedures, and resources for the 2020-21 school year. REMEMBER: Given the fluid nature of COVID-19 and the continually evolving guidelines for schools at the federal, state and local levels, this information will may update regularly so please check back often.

Haysville USD 261 has and will continue to follow the guidance of federal, state, and county experts regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This includes using the Kansas State Department of Education's (KSDE) Gating Criteria for Kansas Schools and the state's guidelines regarding wearing of masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. These guidelines have been put in place for schools to support the health and well-being of students and staff, while continuing to provide academic excellence in a safe and caring environment. As we continue to navigate this unprecedented environment together, our District will remain committed to providing the highest quality educational experience for our students.

We will also continue to provide our families and staff with updates during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority. We will keep families informed using our notification system, School Messenger, posting updates here, and on our social media pages. The most recent update is below. To skip to previous updates, CLICK HERE


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Parent Choice for 4th Nine Weeks

Posted March 9, 2021

We have made it to the 4th quarter (nine weeks) of this uncommon year! Congratulations and thank you for your continued support of your child’s learning! As we prepare for the last part of the school year, we are opening up a window to make changes to your child’s current learning mode. If you would like to CHANGE from remote to in-person, or CHANGE from in-person to remote, please call the school building to let them know. If you do not wish to make a change, you do not have to call the school building.

The window of time to make any changes is Tuesday, March 9th - Friday, March 12th. After Friday, March 12th, all learning modes will be in place for the remainder of the year and no changes will be allowed.

If you have any other questions about parent choice for the 4th quarter, please feel free to call the school building or me at the administration building at 316-554-2205.





BOE Votes to Return to Parent Choice for ALL Students.

Posted January 26, 2021

On Monday, January 25th, the USD 261 Board of Education voted that Haysville Public Schools will return to Parent Choice for all secondary (6th - 12th grade) students begining Tuesday, February 16th.

Please watch for more details coming from your child's school!



BOE Votes for Secondary Students to Stay Full Remote.

Posted January 11, 2021

During Monday evenings Special Board meeting, the USD 261 Board of Education voted to follow Administration’s recommendation for secondary students to continue attending full remote and elementary students continue with parent choice through the end of spring break with monthly review of COVID progress reports during Board meetings.

BOE Votes for Secondary Students to go Full Remote.

Posted November 10, 2020

During Monday evenings Special Board meeting, the USD 261 Board of Education voted that secondary schools, students in grades 6 – 12, will go full remote starting on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, through Jan. 21, 2021.

The BOE also voted to allow winter sports and extracurricular activities to continue but with no onsite spectators.

Updates Made to District Guidelines

Posted October 20, 2020

During Monday nights Board of Education meeting, the Haysville USD 261 BOE voted to continue the 2020-2021 school year (K-12) with Parent Choice/Hybrid and to modify two of the districts COVID-19 response safety protocols beginning on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

1. Morning temperature checks will be discontinued for students (this change only applies to students). Children generally do not present with a fever as their first symptom of COVID-19 and none of the students that have been sent home were sent based on morning temperature checks. We encourage parents/guardians to continue to check their student/students for fever and illness each morning, prior to school.

2. Playground equipment will be reopened for student use. Students will sanitize their hands before and after play to prevent the spread of germs. Active play is essential for growth and development. It strengthens bones, muscles, and the brain and it establishes connections between all of them.


Haysville BOE Votes to Reopen with Parent Choice.

Posted August 31, 2020

The Haysville USD 261 Board of Education met on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 to discuss the gating criteria for how school will open on September 10, 2020. Paige Crum, BOE President opened the meeting with the following statement:

"We want everybody to understand that our decisions are based on data.

  • We recognize the emotional strain this is causing all of our families and the community as a whole. We feel the same emotions.
  • We are considering social/emotional issues as well as the pandemic numbers. We are keeping in mind the challenging home life that many of our students have. Their health, safety, and wellbeing are primary to our decision.
  • We have received many texts, messages, emails, and calls. Thank you all for helping the board to know what our families, staff, and students think is best. The preferences of our community members are quite varied. We are listening. We will do our very best to choose a path that is based on science, data, and the safety of all. We know that regardless of how our decision goes, many of our community will be displeased with the decision. There is no perfect answer. We will carry forth knowing that the decisions we make are in good faith according to the success and wellbeing of our students now and in the long run. This is a very difficult time and we truly appreciate your input and patience.
Our success of efforts to return to in-person classrooms is based on the community’s adherence to safety protocols. All must wear masks, wash hands, and social distance both in the schools and in the community. It will take all of us to make a successful and stable return to the classroom."

After going into executive session and much discussion, the board voted 7 - 0 to start the 2020-2021 school year (K-12) with Parent Choice hybrid, and revisit Learning Modes during the October 19, 2020 BOE Meeting or earlier if needed. They also voted 7 - 0 to allow the extra-curricular activities to go forward with the policies we have in place to make it safe and revisit this at the October 19, 2020 BOE Meeting.

Special Board Meeting Scheduled for August 26, 2020

Posted August 18, 2020

The Haysville USD 261 Board of Education will hold a special board meeting Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The board will be discussing the gating criteria for how school will open on September 10, 2020. Currently, families have a choice of on-site, remote or high school hybrid. The gating criteria will determine the safe conditions required for returning to on-site.
The criteria will be based on local health data, medical community recommendations and scientific evidence. This process will not follow any predetermined timeline but will rather evolve based on the status of the pandemic in our community. The safety and security of our staff and students is our number one priority.
The meeting will be held via ZOOM. The link will be available on our website the day of the meeting.
This meeting is open to the public, however we will not be hearing public input. You are free to contact any board member or school administrator if you have any questions regarding the board’s decision.

Governor Kelly Announces Delaying Start of School

Posted July 15, 2020

This afternoon, Governor Laura Kelly announced that she would be signing an Executive Order on Monday, July 20, delaying the start of schools in Kansas until after Labor Day.
District and building administrators have been working this past week on a plan for reopening schools that will focus on ensuring that all students and staff are safe while experiencing high quality teaching and learning.
Once we have Board of Education approval, we will be sending out a new school calendar that will reflect the later start date. As always, thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty.

Back to School Message from Dr. John Burke, Superintendent of Schools, Haysville USD 261

Posted July 13, 2020

I know that many of you are wondering about schools reopening this fall. Our plans will focus on the safety of students and staff. Here is what I can tell you so far:

1. Members of the District Executive Team met with the Commissioner of Education to be provided with an overview of the guidelines that the Kansas State Department of Education had been working on all summer. We will be reading this 1100 page document in preparation for beginning to work on a variety of plans for our board of education to consider at its next board meeting.

2. Last week surveys were sent to all parents and all staff members regarding reopening schools. That survey window closed on Friday. Early this week we will be compiling the results of both surveys. In addition, we are creating a new Frequently Asked Questions section to be place on the district website so that staff and parents will have a one stop place to look for answers.

3. Members of the District Executive Team will be meeting on Monday with Haysville Education Association leadership to examine and consider options for reopening schools. Later in the week additional building level administrators will be brought in for further planning of the reopening options that will be provided to our school board.

4. I know anxiety is high right now. Please keep in mind that the first day of school is still over a month away. Our goal is for you to have the information you need before August 1st.

Gov. Laura Kelly Mandates Statewide Use of Masks

Posted July 1, 2020

Masks will be REQUIRED in all Haysville USD 261 buildings begining Friday, July 3, 2020. This new requirement is in response to the current public health crisis and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order mandating statewide use of masks in public spaces.

Attention Campus High School Athletes

Posted June 25, 2020

Campus High School summer conditioning and activities has had the potential of exposure to Covid-19 to some students participating in a sports activity off grounds of Campus High. With that potential exposure, the requirement for any students participating in summer conditioning at Campus High School must be put on hold for a fourteen (14) day period. Strength and conditioning activities and all scheduled activities that include any students with participation in the strength and conditioning programs are suspended from occurring until July 10, 2020.

While we feel that the potential for any student-athlete getting Covid-19 remains extremely low, we take these precautions to continue to protect our student-athletes and staff health. Any student-athlete who experiences Covid-19 symptoms is encouraged to contact their physician for guidance or testing.

New Recommendation from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Posted April 9, 2020

The CDC now recommends the wearing of cloth masks while visiting places that it is difficult to stay away from others, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. This does not eliminate the need to maintain social distancing. The cloth masks will not prevent you from getting COVID-19, but may help decrease the chance of an infected person passing on the virus. This is important, because it has been determined that someone infected with COVID-19 can transmit the virus 48 hours before they are symptomatic. The use of surgical masks and N95 masks is recommended only for health care workers.

Below are some links with instructions for how to make a cloth facemask. When wearing a mask it is important to make an extra effort not to touch your face. These masks are not form fitting and there is a tendency to touch the mask during wear to make adjustments.


No Sew Facemask

Mask: Needle and Thread

Mask: Sewing Machine

Food Service Meal Program Time Change

Posted April 3, 2020

Beginning Monday, April 6, the drive through sites for the “grab and go” pre-packaged meals will be open from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. These sites include Nelson Elementary School (bus drive), Haysville Middle School (west side parking lot), Campus High School (E Building), and Oatville Elementary School (via food truck). Again, beginning Monday, April 6, pick up of these meals will be from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

USD 261 Continuous Learning Plans Are Now Available

Posted March 30, 2020

Although schools are closed and are not providing traditional in-person instruction through May 31, 2020, education must continue. USD 261 is committed in providing our students with opportunities to continue their learning during this pandemic.

As we walk this uncharted territory together, please know that our staff has worked diligently to plan ways to continue learning for your students while not overwhelming you or your children. With this in mind, and guidance from the Kansas State Department of Education, we have developed a plan. You can access this plan along with other resources on our website by clicking HERE.

USD 261 COVID-19 Continuous Learning System and Food Service Meal Program

Posted March 21, 2020

On March 17, 2020, Governor Kelly closed all Kansas school buildings until the end of May 2020. She issued guidance that no more than 10 people should be in a closed space together and each of them should maintain a 6 foot separation between them. These circumstances will not allow us to complete this school year in the same way we started; with students and teachers in classrooms together. The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has determined that the week of March 23-27 will be used for school personnel to plan and develop a “continuous learning” system that will allow us to finish the school year. Due to the social distancing requirements and the fact that all of our school buildings are closed, the teachers and administrators will create a plan for the students to learn while at home, begining the week of March 30th, 2020. Information will be shared with families as details are worked out.

While staff are busy developing the new continuous learning system, Food Services will begin providing pre-packaged meals for children ages 1-18 on Wednesday, March 25th. These “grab and go” meals will be available for curbside pickup at four locations in the school district while schools are closed due to COVID-19. The drive through sites include Nelson Elementary School (bus drive), Haysville Middle School (west side parking lot), Campus High School (E Building), and Oatville Elementary School (via food truck). Pick up of these meals will be from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. There are no eligibility requirements to qualify for this service, however, federal guidelines require that your child(ren) must be physically present at the distribution site to pick-up their meals. Children can walk up, or families can drive through and pick up a package meal containing lunch and breakfast for the next day. If arriving by car, please stay in your vehicle, we are implementing social distancing. Pop your trunk when you reach the front of the line if possible. If necessary, we will hand the lunches to the driver through the window.

More information will be coming out in the near future from the district office, building principals and teachers. We appreciate your patience as we work through these difficult times.


Posted March 17, 2020

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.

We have been working on contingency plans since mid-March, including how we can meet the ongoing learning needs of our students and provide breakfast and lunch for our students. March 23-27 administrators, teachers and staff members will be creating plans for how to provide alternative learning opportunities. The next week after March 30- April 3 school will resume for all students.

Our staff and board of education are also working on other critical issues, such as what this means for our seniors, how this will affect 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. We will keep families informed through email, our website and other social media.

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 often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill. Keep your distance from others to protect them from getting ill too.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or forearm at the elbow when coughing or sneezing. Be sure to immediately throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because germs often spread this way.

  • Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children home.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and items.


Follow additional guidance from these sources:
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE),
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) or the
Sedgwick County Health Department)