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Minneola Parents, 


The KSHSAA Board of Directors voted to allow up to two parents/guardians per family to attend athletic events beginning Thursday, December 10th through January 28th.  Minneola schools will be allowing two parents/guardians to attend athletic events.


Two (2) parents/guardians per participant(s) family. What does this actually mean? The push to allow parents/guardians to attend games was based on a student safety issue. Many parents, and schools, were concerned about the safety of students in the event of an injury or accident during a game. By allowing two parents/guardians to attend, this safety concern has now been corrected and parents are now in the gym to help make decisions in the event of an injury. Unfortunately, it does not open up attendance to full families. In the event that both parents are not able to attend, that does not mean that a grandparent or sibling can attend in their place. Only parents/legal guardians will be allowed to attend. Even if a family has three (3) students on a team, they will only be allowed to bring two (2) parents/guardians. They will not be able to bring six (6) people to the game. 


USD 219 is creating a parent Pass List to be used at each game this winter. The Pass List will have the same parent information that is listed in our school information system . Unless step parents are listed, they will not be able to attend. We realize that this may not be a popular decision, but it is the decision that was reached by the KSHSAA Board of Directors on Tuesday. Remember, this decision was made to correct a student safety issue, not to open up attendance at games. 


For those parents/guardians that will be in attendance, face coverings will be mandatory at all times. The KSHSAA Board of Directors voted at a meeting on November 24, 2020 requiring masks at all times while in attendance. Failure to wear a face covering in the manner intended may result in removal from the event and may also result in exclusion from future events. The wording of the KSHSAA decision can be found below. 


● Face Coverings: All participants (Including but not limited to athletes, coaches, officials, spectators, support staff and all others attending/participating in school activities) shall wear a face covering in the manner it is intended to be worn (for purposes of COVID-19 risk mitigation) while at the event venue and for the duration of the event. The only exception is provided for athletes during the time they are competing and for officials during active play. 


Our ultimate goal is to give students every opportunity to participate in winter sports for the duration of the season. We ask that everyone please do their part to help make this happen. Thank you for your understanding. 


Thank you


Mark Walker 

Minneola USD 219 Superintendent







Principals and Athletic/Activity Directors,


By action by the Board of Directors, the following was approved yesterday:


Effective Thursday, December 10 through January 28, 2021, interscholastic activities will allow for attendance of up to two parents/guardians per participant(s) family as allowed by local board of education or health department restrictions. 


Accordingly, the KSHSAA is receiving a number of requests for clarification and provides the following consistent interpretations for your use:


1. Participants include: 

· Players 

· Coaches 

· Student Managers 

· Cheer squads/coaches

· Dance teams/coaches

· Pep bands/directors

· Student Journalists 

2. Coaches may have parents/guardians or spouse/significant other.

3. Children of coaches and administrators do not meet the definition approved by the BOD.

4. School Board members do not meet the criteria established by the BOD unless their child is an active participant.

5. Parents/guardians are there to support their child while in competition; there is no reason for them to attend “all” games in the facility on a given day.

6. Teams playing in that facility as part of a multi-game event may remain in the gym as long as they are socially distant.

7. All spectators must be masked the entire time in facility, even if they are socially distanced.

8. No “substitutes” for parent/guardian if they are unable to attend contest.

9. Event staff are not afforded parent/guardian or spouse attendance.

10. The impacted interscholastic activities include basketball, bowling, debate, forensics/speech, scholars bowl, swimming & diving, and wrestling.


Please remember, the reason restricted attendance is necessary is to minimize exposure opportunities and support school and community health (both CDC and KDHE recommend no mass gatherings).





November 19, 2020




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!  




Debbie Bruner




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PO Box 157, Minneola, KS  67865-0157

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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.


Mark Walker



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