2019-2020 Year End Letter

May 14, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today is our last day with seniors, and Thursday, May 21 is the last day for the remainder of our students. The information below may be helpful as we close the 2019-2020 school year.

What are the plans for graduation?

Marking the end of each student’s K-12 education is important to students, families and educators. A radio (99KG) graduation ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 17. 

  • Central High School’s ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. 
  • South High School’s ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m.

After large group gatherings are once again permitted, we will arrange a time for the Class of 2020 to walk the stage in their cap and gown. A photographer will be hired to take graduation photos of each senior. At a later date, graduates of the Class of 2020 will be contacted with details.

When should Chromebooks and hotspots be returned to the school?

All K-11 students should return Chromebooks on Tuesday, May 26. Families with a district-owned hotspot, should return it on Tuesday, May 26. Your principal will send you the building schedule and process.

When are textbooks, calculators and other school-owned materials to be returned?

Your building principal will communicate the process for return of these items.

Will summer school take place?

Summer school will look different this year. On June 9, the Board of Education will consider changes to summer school. We do not expect summer school to start before July. Details will be shared with our families via our messaging system, social media and local media outlets. 

What will athletics look like in the summer?

USD 305 coaches are preparing for summer athletic programming. Once the governor announces we have transitioned to Phase 3 of her plan, we will set a date for practices to begin. Per the governor’s plan, Phase 3 will begin no earlier than June 1. 

When and how will Kindergarten Round-up occur?

USD 305 will have a virtual Kindergarten Round-up this year. School and kindergarten readiness information will be provided on individual building websites and the district website at usd305.com.  

This school year was full of unexpected challenges. We will be prepared to sustain learning regardless of conditions in the fall. I will communicate plans for next year as more information becomes available. Thank you for trusting USD 305 with your student’s education.



Linn Exline, Superintendent