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CORONAVIRUS: USD 253 special item pickup Tuesday brightens day for students and staff alike Featured

Village Elementary Teacher Jane McCoy hands off items to students during Tuesday's event. Village Elementary Teacher Jane McCoy hands off items to students during Tuesday's event. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

For what will likely be the last time this school year, USD 253 District building parking lots were full of vehicles for a special pickup Tuesday.

Parents and students arrived at district buildings to collect supplies and belongings for students and return school property such as books or instruments as the district prepares to transition into new education delivery models as soon as next week. KVOE went to a few of the buildings Tuesday to gauge the progress.

Village Elementary School Principal John Martin says the lines were steady throughout the day. While ensuring students received their materials staff also took time to survey parents regarding their access to internet services.

Emporia High School Assistant Principal Trevor Matthews says the pickup day not only allowed students to receive necessary materials, but he also believes it provided students with some much-needed closure and an opportunity to say goodbye to teachers in person.

Matthews and Martin both say their staff are getting set to move into their new education models as soon as next week with Emporia High set to launch classes on Tuesday. Matthews believes the biggest challenge will be just getting students into a new routine but is confident once they do the transition will be a smooth one.

For additional information regarding new education models amidst the coronavirus pandemic contact the district by calling 620-341-2200 or visit www.USD253.org.

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