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Troy School to Open on August 27th


Hello Troy parents and guardians and USD 429 students.  On July 22, 2020, the Kansas State Board of Education voted 5-5 on the executive order, which means the Governor’s Executive Order 20-58 to postpone the start of school until after Labor Day, was not affirmed.  USD 429 plans to open school as scheduled.  What will the reopening look like?  That is great question and one for which we do not have all the answers.  The Governor has issued Executive Order 20-59  https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/EO-20-59-PDF.pdf  We are not certain still, how this will affect the way we do school.  However, you can read the guidelines she is requesting to be put in place. 


Through communication and collaboration with the other county schools, the Doniphan County Health Department and other organizations, USD 429 has a draft copy of an outline to follow to re-open Troy Schools. I will be sharing this with the board of education and the staff. This is simply a starting place and many specifics will need to be established when we meet as a larger unit.  The USD 429 board hopes to start school and do school as normal as possible.  However, this might not be the case.  If mandated, we will need to follow the mandates established.  We should be able to put more information out no later than August 7th if we need to adjust how we are going to start and “do” school. 


Last spring, we asked you to be patient with us as we moved forward in our Continuous Learning Plan.  Many, many of you have told us and me personally  you do not want to do school as we did in the spring.  We are asking for the same patience and flexibility.  There may be some compromises, policies and practices, and even mandates we must follow to re-open safely. Please communicate with me, if you have reservations about sending your students to school in our traditional setting.  If we do have to go online or some type of hybrid model, it will be more rigorous than we saw in the spring, and more rigorous at all grade levels.  I think we can all agree, we want to have students in our building in a traditional setting.  We do not want you, your children, or our teachers to face any undue stress. 


Be looking for additional information this week and next concerning enrollment times, date (Aug 6th), and the process, and also relevant information pertaining to the start of school. 


Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through these tough times and continue to provide the best learning environment for your children.



Patrick E. McKernan

Superintendent of Schools/Elementary Principal

Troy USD 429