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Message from the Superintendent 1/8/21

Dear Santa Fe Trail Parents and Staff

Welcome to 2021! Here at USD 434 we are off and running. Second semester has started with very few issues, students and staff are hard at work and involved in a variety of learning activities. Athletic and activity programs have resumed practice and competition. I am reminded of a quote that I read recently; “Yesterday is History. Tomorrow is a Mystery. Today is a gift, that is why we call it the Present”. We can’t change the past but hopefully learn from it. No matter how much we plan for the future, things like a worldwide pandemic or crisis like what we witnessed in our Nation’s Capital this week can change our plans in a moment’s notice. In a time of instant communications and ongoing drama we are striving to make every day, the present, a productive learning experience for everyone.

As a reminder, attendance at high school and junior high athletic contests and activities is limited to two parents of participants and masks are required of all those in attendance. This rule was put into place by KSHSAA to allow for social distancing and to help keep everyone as safe as possible. Fans can access these games through the Santa Fe Trail Facebook page live feeds.

Contrary to some predictions, COVID 19 has not gone away and we are still seeing cases in our schools. At present we have 7 adult and 3 students out with positive tests and 30 students in quarantine because of exposure. As I shared with you in the last newsletter, we are now able to administer a rapid test for any staff member or students who is experiencing symptoms. The test will provide a positive or negative result in a matter of minutes. This is a huge benefit in helping us determine who can stay at school and who needs to go home. If you have not already returned the parent permission for your child to be tested, I encourage you to do so. We have attached the permission to this newsletter for your convenience. Please continue to wear mask, social distance when possible and wash your hands often. Hopefully with the new vaccine becoming more available we will turn the tide of this virus in the near future.

I want to remind you of some upcoming activities that affect student attendance at school;

  • January 11 and 25 are late start Mondays. Classes begin at 9:00 A.M., busses run at the regular times.
  • January 18 is a Professional Day – No School Pre K – 12.
  • No Preschool on Fridays during the second semester.

Have a great weekend and stay safe!!

Jim Lentz