The City-Cowley County Health Department says, they are excited to be in phase 2 of vaccine distribution. The agency said on Facebook, while we aren’t getting the amounts of vaccine we would need to vaccinate everyone in this group right now, we are working diligently to do as many as possible with the doses we receive. We can’t wait until there is no longer a need for a waiting list and folks can be vaccinated at will. To learn more about the vaccines, please visit www.kansasvaccine.gov/.
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USD 470 – Arkansas City Public Schools announced that starting today, January 29th, the district will allow a maximum of four spectators per participant in an Arkansas City High School event. The district will follow AVCTL guidelines and not exceed 25 percent capacity at a venue. Arkansas City Middle School will maintain its current guidelines. Tickets are intended for family or extended family. The number of spectators will vary upon event type (basketball games, wrestling duals, and tournaments), with the possibility of not having any spectators. Names will have to be on the approved list 24 hours in advance. Face coverings are required and should be worn as intended at all times and social distancing should be practiced to the greatest extent possible.
A note from the Winfield school district, for families at Winfield Early Learning Center. The district put on Facebook, on Wednesday they were notified that WELC staff may have had a COVID related exposure. They are in the process of conducting internal contact tracing regarding this exposure. Meanwhile, the WELC will be on remote learning for today and Friday. The post said USD465 continues to make the safety and health of our students and staff our top priority.
The USD 470 Early Literacy Initiative is making Ready Rosie available to all Cowley County residents. Ready Rosie is an early education tool designed for families with children ages birth through third grade. A release from the district says it provides caregivers with fun activities that are connected to specific,age-appropriate learning outcomes and helps families create meaningful home-learning environments. Ready Rosie is currently utilized in the USD 470 PreK and county-wide Head Start PreK programs. Cowley County residents can enroll at readyrosie.com/register using their zip code and sign up for weekly email or text messages with age-appropriate learning activities.
USD 465 school district leaders this week agreed to work with the State Department of Health and Environment and Wichita State University to offer COVID-19 testing. District nurses will collect specimens in school buildings, and the labs at Wichita State will read the tests, and get the results back to the districts within 24 hours, according to ctnewsonline.com. The testing only is for students, faculty, and staff. The district will be setting up a vaccine clinic when more vaccine doses are available.
This week, the USD 470 Board of Education authorized the district to begin offering non-invasive BiNax Now COVID-19 testing in school buildings. A post on the district’s facebook page says these non-invasive tests are most accurate on days two through five of symptoms and will allow trained personnel to test symptomatic individuals at school – hopefully catching it early and lessening the risk of spread. The testing is not mandatory but rather a free, quick, and convenient opportunity to have a test performed. USD 470 Director of Business and Operations Will Pfannenstiel said he hopes the district can begin testing within the next couple of weeks.
The Ark City School District says Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up the week of February 22-26, 2021. With safety in mind, all schools are encouraging virtual or phone conferences but in-person options are available. Please be on the lookout for additional information from your child’s school regarding scheduling a conference. Due to conferences, there is no school Thursday and Friday (February 25-26).
Winfield police say, a Winfield resident has reported another scam involving requests for gift cards. Winfield Police said on their Facebook page, the resident received a phone call from an unknown person claiming that they had the resident’s banking information. They told the resident they planned on withdrawing funds from their account if a $500 Dollar General gift card wasn’t obtained and given to them over the phone. The resident was aware it might be a scam, and no money was lost. If you get a call from someone claiming to be a legitimate business and they ask you to get gift cards to pay for services, police recommend you end the phone call without giving personal information.
The Optimists of Arkansas City have issued a call for entries into the 2021 Optimist International Essay Writing Contest. A local winner will receive a $500 scholarship. A release says the contest gives young people the opportunity to express their views on a central topic, develop writing skills, and compete for multiple college scholarships. The essay conest is open to any Ark City student who is younger than 19 as of October 1, 2020. The deadline for students to submit essays is noon on February 23rd. The 2020-2021 essay topic is “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism.” You can get an application form online at optimist.org.
The Cowley College Board of Trustees recently appointed Gary Wilson to be the Chair of the Board. The decision came following a tie vote followed by a coin flip. Wilson was elected to serve a 4-year term on the Board of Trustees, starting in January 2018. His current term expires in January 2022.