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Plan for Continuity of Services

USD 426 was able to have in person school the entire school year last year (except for 10 days at the Jr/Sr High Level) and we look forward to another successful year in 2021-22.  As part of the federal government allotting many dollars to states and school districts, we must post our basic plan for the continuity of school services. 

  1. USD 426 plans to start the school year as we ended this past year, no masks, but will continue all cleaning and hygiene protocols.All guidelines that we had this past year will be followed until further notice.
  2. We will continue with our plan using social distancing wherever possible and especially in large group gatherings (lunch, concerts, etc…)
  3. If there is a confirmed case of COVID, we will continue to work with our county health organizations in the requirements of quarantine and testing.We will continue to work with them in regards to contact tracing, diagnostic and screen testing.
  4. Vaccinations were provided and offered last school year.We will continue to work with county health in regards to continued vaccination offerings for those that might feel more comfortable with the process.
  5. As with all areas of our USD 426 education, we will continue to focus on providing equity for all students, including those with disabilities.
  6. We will continue to work with local, county, and state officials as the need arises.
  7. We want everyone to understand that we will always keep everyone’s safety and well being at the forefront.We will be prepared to move to online if needed and ask that all families be aware of this possibility moving forward.
  8. At any time, we may be forced to move to the mask requirement once again, but only in situations that we have confirmed cases driving that decision.
  9. The District will continue our efforts in observing and being aware of the social emotional aspect that this pandemic has caused in relation to learning, mental health and overall well being.
  10. The District is aware of the academic concerns associated with the pandemic and are continuing to put in place programs to address those concerns.
  11. All meals will again be free for the entire 2021-22 school year.We will have a survey that all families will need to complete at enrollment, but there will be no charges other than for extra milk or an ala carte.

Please feel free to give Mr. Joonas a call with any questions or concerns about this plan.  It can be adjusted at any time with patron and board input.




The Learning Cooperative of North Central Kansas will be conducting child find screenings for children ages 3-5 within the cooperative catchment area throughout the year to screen for potential delays in the areas of cognition, communication, fine/gross motor, and social skills.  Two options are available for screenings offered by our staff:

Option #1 – Children attending a school district preschool program

The Learning Cooperative of North Central Kansas will be conducting global screenings for all students attending a school district preschool in the following school districts on the following dates:

  • USD 108 Washington County - October 12, 2021
  • USD 109 Republic County - October 4, 2021
  • USD 224 Clifton-Clyde - October 13, 2021
  • USD 333 Concordia - October 5, 2021
  • USD 426 Pike Valley - October 7-8, 2021

These screenings will be conducted during the preschool day and if the child is currenlty enrolled in the district preschool no appointment will be necessary.


Option #2 – Children not attending a school district preschool program

If your child is experiencing difficulty in the developmental areas of hearing and vision, communication, gross and or fine motor, self-help, social-emotional, or cognitive skills, you may request a screening appointment at anytime by calling the LCNCK office at (785) 243-3294.


**Screenings on days that school has been cancelled due to weather or not being in session for any reason, will be rescheduled**


** If your child is birth to age 3 and you would like your child screened please contact OCCK at (785) 243-1977 **

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP)

Cunningham Telephone & Cable


The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP) is a government program intended to help low-income households pay for broadband internet services.  The Program provides a monthly discount of up to $50 for eligible households.

This program is temporary and will end when the funds are exhausted or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares the end of the COVID-19 health emergency.

In order to qualify for the program, an eligible member of the household needs to meet or participate one of the following:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
  • Has income that is at or below 135% of Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Free or reduced-price school breakfast/lunch program (including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision) in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year
  • Received a federal Pell Grant in the current award year
  • Experienced substantial documented loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020

How to Apply:

  1. Go to to apply online and to find participating providers near you.
  2. Go to to print off a mail-in application, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to:

Emergency Broadband Support Center
P.O. Box 7081
London, KY 40742

After receiving an eligibility determination, households can contact Cunningham Telephone and Cable to select an Emergency Broadband Benefit eligible service plan.