From the Desk of Patrick McKernan
Dear USD 429 Parents and Guardians:
It is finally here! Almost 6 long months without in-person school! We were able to start school in-person and had two productive, fun days. We will adjust as we go along and still ask for your patience as we make necessary changes and modifications along the way. Continue to look at the website and Facebook posts for frequently asked questions and the answers. One question that comes up often by staff, teachers, and parents is what if we have a positive case in school?
You might have heard rumors that we did have a positive case in school prior to school starting. That was just that, a rumor. We had a staff member who thought they were potentially exposed, which was negative. We learned the protocols we had in place were effective and as we followed them, with advice, input, and feedback from the Doniphan County Health Department, we feel we handled the situation more than adequately internally. We also learned of things we need to do differently including what we can and cannot communicate to staff and others. The question and dilemma continues to be the changing guidelines and rules, and again, what can be communicated and what cannot. We live in a small town, we would rather communicate with you than you wondering what happened. We always want to get better in the area of communication and to be able to share what we can.
So back to the above question, what if we have a positive case in our student body, our staff, or even have some type of positive exposure? We will contact the Doniphan County Health Department and follow their guidance and do the best we can to keep all safe. We will send out as much information as legally and ethically possible to help you and us work through the situation. A teacher may have to quarantine. Students may have to quarantine. Staff may infect other staff. All of these are unfortunate possibilities. We are always looking at Plan B and Plan C, and we would encourage you to do the same.
We had a great first two days. Thanks to all staff, parents/guardians, and students for their flexibility in dealing with a different setting. My hope continues to be what it always has been, we are able to return to normalcy like it was prior to March 16, 2020.
Right now, we want to take advantage of and cherish the opportunities we have with your children, in our buildings. We will continue to update you on any information as needed.
Patrick E. McKernan
Superintendent of Schools/Elementary Principal
Troy USD 429