USD 329 hires Covid coordinator

USD 329 has a new face this year with the addition of Charmin Miller to the staff as Covid Coordinator. Her duties this year as Covid Coordinator are to educate the students and staff on covid safety guidelines and to oversee testing of those who have been exposed to the virus. 

McFarland students to attend Maple Hill next year

The USD 329 board made changes that will affect next year’s elementary students at its meeting Monday night. The board voted to change the variance line between Alma and Maple Hill Elementary schools to send McFarland students to Maple Hill. The vote went 4-2 with Jim Vapita, Jerom Hess, Tony Conrad and Kelly Oliver voting to change the line whereas Justin Frank, and Callie Meinhart voted against it. At the start of next school year, McFarland students will be included in the Maple Hill Elementary classes. The board hopes this will help even out the class sizes between the two schools.

Some students eligible for COVID vaccine

With Kansas lessening the restrictions on who can get the COVID-19 vaccine many students may be wondering how they can get it.  Currently Wabaunsee County is in Phase 5 of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan which means any person over the age of 18 who wants the vaccine can get it. So far all the people who are 65 years old and older and wanted the vaccine have gotten it. 

Opinion | Safety still important after a year of COVID

With the coronavirus having been in the United States for a year now, and life-changing safety precautions put in place not long after, many people are growing fatigued and are ready to see a normal life again. Because of this, many people have lost sight of what is important, which is doing your part to slow the spread of this virus.

With lots of misconceptions and dispute surrounding the rules and recommendations, I spoke with Wabaunsee County health director Ray Finley about the current safety procedures. Here is what I learned:

Question of the Week | KSHSAA COVID policies

Although KSHSAA altered the ban on fans for the beginning of the season, limited spectators will be allowed at winter sports until at least the end of January. We asked students and faculty how they felt about the KSHSAA decision to start the winter sports season on time, but to keep out spectators until at least the end of January because of COVID-19 precautions.

WHS winter sports to open this weekend without fans in attendance

Tonight’s season opening basketball game against Axtell will be a lot quieter than usual.

Due to statewide precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19, no spectators will be allowed to attend winter sporting events until at least the end of January.

KSHSAA’s Board of Directors met virtually last week to discuss the upcoming winter sports season and make adjustments surrounding the recent climb in COVID cases in the state of Kansas. 

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