November 19, 2020
A LETTER TO OUR COMMUNITY
As many, if not all of you, are aware, the number of Covid-19 cases are significantly increasing in our geographic area. They are also increasing across our state and across this nation.
At this very point in time, every tertiary care hospital in the state of Kansas is already at or beyond capacity. These are the hospitals that provide care to our patients above and beyond what we can provide here.
What does this mean for you? What does this mean for your family, your neighbor and your friends? It means that if we have a patient in our care here in Minneola, who needs a higher level of care such as ICU or Critical Care, we, the staff here at MHC, are finding it increasingly challenging to locate a hospital who will be able to accept any of our patients in transfer; including patients in need of cardiac care. Our experience over the last several weeks is that it can take anywhere from many hours to several days to locate a hospital who is able to accept our transfer patients. Based on the information we have received this situation does not appear to be resolving any time soon.
Because of this reality, we are asking every one of you to please put your personal beliefs regarding Covid-19 and masks aside during this moment in time. We all have a responsibility to care for our family, our neighbors, our friends and our community. We can do this by simply wearing a mask when we are out in public, washing our hands and maintaining a six-foot distance whenever possible. If you have Covid-19 symptoms, please stay home and contact your health care provider. If you have tested positive for Covid-19 and/or have been told to quarantine, please stay home as directed.
This is not what most of us want to do. However, we all need to do all we can to help slow this virus down. We need to slow this virus down so that we can begin to free up beds in the larger hospitals to not only care for Covid patients in significant need, but to also care for all other medical conditions that require us to transfer from our community hospital to other facilities. For every community that takes these steps, we are closer to making this happen.
Please know we do not want to upset anyone with this request. We are simply at a place in time where we need your help, and we are asking our community for that help in managing the spread of this virus which will enable us to better manage the coordination of care that our patients need and deliver the quality of care that our patients deserve! At any given time, it could be our spouse, our mom or dad, or our child that will need that higher level of care.
Thank you for taking time to read this letter. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as MHC works to care for all of you!
Gym Seating Notification
Please be aware that the gym will be at a reduced capacity due to the Corona virus this basketball season. We hope this effort will allow our students to continue to play without interruption and allow parents to watch their kids play.
A limited number of wrist bands will be given to the players of both teams. Players are responsible for giving the wrist bands to their parents or whomever they wish to see them play. The wrist band must be worn for admittance to home games. Different color wrist bands will be used for each home game. The entrance to the school will be limited to the grade school front doors. The gym will be reduced to about half capacity which should allow enough room for fans to social distance in family groups. Home Varsity basketball games will be livestreamed when possible.
KSHSAA requires that masks be worn at all KSHSAA events.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we are trying our best to work through these circumstances and allow our students to continue to play.
The Minneola Board of Education voted on Monday, October 9th, to move the facemask requirement to Highly recommended in the building. It will take effect on October 26th. Temperature checks, hand washing, school sanitization and social distancing are still in effect.
It is Highly recommended that everyone continue to wear their masks while at school and on buses. If students can not maintain a 6 foot distance in the building a mask is highly recommended.
Unified School District No. 219 MHS Wildcats
Superintendent 9-12 Principal K-8 Principal
620-885-4372 620-885-4611 620-885-4571
September 10, 2020
Parent/Guardians of USD 219 students:
The United States Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, announced all school children would receive free breakfast and lunch through December 2020 for those schools that elect to extend the Summer Food Service Program. Although we did not participate in the program, we have applied to participate now.
Starting tomorrow, September 11, 2020, all students in attendance at Minneola Schools will receive free breakfast and lunch. This will continue through December 18, 2020, or until the federal funding runs out.
Meals were charged to your student’s accounts from 8/20/2020 – 09/10/2020. Lunch money can remain in your child’s account for second semester. Salads and seconds will still be available for $1.50 each per day. Extra milk will also be available for $0.50 per carton.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter.
The Kansas School Safety Hotline
The Kansas School Safety hotline (1-877-626-8203) is available for use by students, parents, and community members in anonymously reporting any impending school violence. Let’s keep Kansas kids safe!
USD 219 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, military status, primary language, and/or disability.