Posted Date: 03/19/2020
Dear Andover Families,
This afternoon, Gov. Laura Kelly announced that all Kansas schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year to combat the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, in our communities.
Andover Public Schools has been working with the Kansas State Department of Education about the possibility of school closure. Now, with Gov. Kelly’s decision, we can move forward to develop more concrete plans for how to handle the coming weeks.
KSDE has convened a Continuous Learning Committee to develop a comprehensive plan to assist districts in delivering education to students while school buildings remain closed. We expect a draft of that plan by the end of the day Wednesday. From there, Andover Public Schools is convening our own COVID-19 task force of administrators, staff and community members to adapt the state’s recommendations for our district. Our local task force will meet remotely beginning on Thursday.
There are many questions that we simply do not yet have answers for at this time. With the state’s guidance, and with the dedication, innovation and creativity of our staff and families here in Andover, I am confident that the next few days will bring clarity around many of these questions. I expect to be able to share more details of our plans by the end of the week, and sooner if possible. You also may visit usd385.org/coronavirus or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this unprecedented time.