USD 327 ELLSWORTH-KANOPOLIS-GENESEO

OUR MISSION:

The mission of Unified School District 327 is to provide an educational environment in which all children can learn to the maximum of their capabilities. The education environment in this district will demonstrate our belief that it is essential to develop positive personal character and challenge every learner through programs that demand excellence. It is through combined efforts of patrons, faculty, administrators, and staff that we lead our students into responsible citizenship in the 21st century.

Student Registration

New students to the district must register at the District Office. Proof of identity must be provided. This includes the student's birth certificate and social security card. Other documents required are a record of immunizations and a medical physical.

Existing students will register online through a parent portal of Infinite Campus (IC). Registration dates will be published. For individuals who need assistance with registration or do not have an electronic device or internet service will register in person at a designated time and location.

All students entering Kansas schools are required by Kansas law to present proof of immunization for disease.

Bus Information

Bus transportation will be furnished to students living in Kanopolis and attending Ellsworth schools, students living in Ellsworth and attending Kanopolis Middle School, and for students living in Geneseo and attending Kanopolis and Ellsworth schools. Bus routes will begin on the first day of school. Students living in Geneseo should board the bus on Main Street in Geneseo by 6:45 am. Students in the Ellsworth area who will be attending Kanopolis Middle School should board the bus by 7:40 am at Ellsworth Elementary School on the Lincoln Street side. Students living in the Kanopolis area who will be attending Ellsworth Elementary School or Ellsworth Jr./Sr. High School will board buses at 7:15 am in front of Kanopolis Middle School. Buses will pick up students at the same locations when schools dismiss in the afternoon.

USD 327 will pay mileage for trips made, not to exceed two round trips per day, for all students living more than 2.5 miles from the nearest attendance center unless such students are on a designated bus route. Claim forms will be sent and payments made at the end of each semester. Each family must keep an accurate record of trips made during the school year. If you qualify for mileage reimbursement, please contact the District Office at (785) 472.5561.

Inclement Weather Closings

School closings due to inclement weather will be announced through the USD 327 notification system and posted on KWCH and KAKE television stations, the District website, Facebook and Twitter pages and USD 327 app.

Notification System

USD 327 uses a text notification system to provide information on school closings, events and news. Parent/Guardian and student cell phone numbers are pulled from Infinite Campus (IC), our student information system. Therefore, you will not need to sign up for these notifications. Parents/Guardians and students need to ensure their information is correct in IC.

Athletic text notifications provide information concerning athletics at Ellsworth Jr./Sr. High School. If you would like to receive these notifications, please complete the Athletic Text Notification Form and send to the District Office.

School Breakfast and Lunch

USD 327 participates in the National School Lunch Program. Breakfast and lunch are offered at all three schools. Free and reduced price meals are available to students whose family's income falls within Federal guidelines. An application must be completed and processed to determine if a family receives free or reduced price meals. The application is available here.

Unpaid Meal Charges Policy

A charge account for students paying full or reduced price for meals may be established with the District. Students may charge no more than the equivalent $25 to this account. Charging of a la carte items to this account will not be permitted.

Any student failing to keep his/her account solvent as required by the District shall not be allowed to charge further meals until the negative account balance has been paid in full. However, such students will be allowed to purchase a meal if the student pays for the meal when it is received. Students who have charged the maximum allowance to this account and cannot pay out of pocket for a meal will be provided an alternative meal consisting of a cheese sandwich, fruit and milk.

At least one written warning shall be provided to a student and his/her parent or guardian prior to denying meals for exceeding the District's charge limit. If payment of the negative balance is not received within 5 working days of the maximum charge limit being attained, the debt will be turned over to the Superintendent or Superintendent's designee for collection in accordance with board policy DP. If the debt is not paid within 10 days of mailing the final notice of the negative account balance under policy DP, it shall be considered bad debt for the purpose of federal law concerning unpaid meal charges.

Payments for school meals may be made at the school or online via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Students, staff, parents and guardians of students are encouraged to prepay meal costs.

All meal accounts will be paid in full at the end of each school year.

District staff are also allowed to establish charge accounts for meals and will be held to the same meal charge regulations as students, as listed in this policy.

The District will provide a copy of this unpaid meal charges policy to all households at or before the start of school each year and to families and students that transfer into the District at the time of transfer. The terms of this policy will also be communicated to all District staff responsible for enforcing any aspect of the policy. Records of how and when it is communicated to households and staff will be retained.

Student Athletics

Students who plan to participate in competitive sports at Ellsworth Jr./Sr. High School(EJSHS) must have a physical examination and signed concussion forms completed annually. Forms must include immunization dates and filed at EJSHS before the student athlete participates in practice. These forms are available on USD 327 website, EJSHS and at District Office.

Senior Citizen Activity Passes

Senior Citizen Activity Passes are available to USD 327 patrons. This pass entitles the senior citizen free admission to locally sponsored school activities. Individuals may apply for a pass at the District Office.

Student Insurance

USD 327 has selected the Student Insurance Plan from K&K Insurance Group to make reliable coverage available to parents. If you don't have insurance, this plan may be a resource to consider. Additionally, even if you have other coverage, this plan can help fill expensive "gaps" caused by deductibles and co-pays. Coverage may be purchased at any time during the school year by visiting www.studentinsurance-kk.com.

Statewide Hotline Information

KS HB25558 has established a schoolwide school hotline that will be staffed by the Kansas Highway Patrol. The purpose of the hotline is to give students an opportunity to report "impending school violence." Student calls will be received by a single statewide Highway Patrol Dispatch Center, then transferred to local law enforcement who will relay the information to the local school administrator. The toll free number is 877-626-8203.

Asbestos Management

USD 327 is required to inspect its buildings for asbestos and to develop a management plan for those asbestos-containing materials that were located within its buildings. These plans are available for review during normal business hours at the District Office. These management plans have been implemented to meet requirements set forth in the regulation. The Asbestos Program Manager is Mr. Dale Brungardt, Superintendent, USD 327, 145 W. 5th Street, PO Box 306, Ellsworth, Kansas 67439, 785.472.5561.

The three-year re-inspection was completed May 2, 2017.

Harassment

Policies JGEC and JGECA prohibit sexual and racial harassment of students and policy JDDC prohibits bullying. USD 327 will not tolerate any type of harassment or bullying, whether sexual, racial or otherwise. Any student who believes they have been subject to harassment to bullying should contact their building principal, counselor or any licensed staff member.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

USD 327 shall hire all employees on the basis of ability and the needs of the District. USD 327 is an equal opportunity employer.

USD 327, Ellsworth County, State of Kansas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to Boy Scouts, and other designated youth groups.

The following person is designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Mr. Dale Brungardt, Superintendent, USD 327, 145 W. 5th Street, PO Box 306, Ellsworth, Kansas 67439, 785.472.5561.