When it becomes necessary to close the schools as a result of weather or an emergency, it will be announced on television, radio, the district website and an all district SchoolMessenger message will be launched.
SchoolMessenger will send an automated phone call to the phone number(s) listed in PowerSchool under "SchoolMessenger Message Number #1/#2". SchoolMessenger does not call duplicate numbers.
Current telephone numbers and email addresses must be in PowerSchool to receive messages.
Television StationsKAKE-TV Channel 10 KWCH-TV Channel 12 KSN-TV Channel 3
KFDI-FM 101.3 KTHR-FM 107.3 KZCH-FM 96.3 B98-FM 97.9
USD 261 serves breakfast and lunch to the students daily. Meals are prepared on site at each facility except for Haysville High School. The district participates in the Federal Hot Lunch Program helping to keep meal costs down.
Students may bring lunch money to school to put on their lunch accounts. Checks should be payable to USD 261. Our district utilizes the online program, myschoolbucks.com, which allows parents/guardians the ability to manage their child's lunch account online. Go to www.myschoolbucks.com to view details of this time saving program.
Haysville School District utilizes SchoolMessenger to notify parents of school closings, district-wide announcements, and school announcements. This system is capable of placing thousands of calls in just a matter of minutes. In order for this system to be successful, it is vital that the schools have accurate contact numbers at all times.
The SchoolMessenger Calling System will place a call to the number listed in the student's home_phone field in PowerSchool. SchoolMessenger's system automatically follows up every automated call with an email message that contains the embedded telephone message. So if for some reason, you did not hear the message, you can replay the message through the email.
To opt in to receive SMS text messages from the SchoolMessenger system, simply text the word "yes" to 68453. Texts will only be sent to the phone numbers that are listed in PowerSchool and have opted-in to the service.
As part of a Professional Learning Community, volunteers have played, and will continue to play an important and valuable role in the Haysville Public School system. Students, teachers, staff, parents, and the community benefit from the work of individuals like you who freely share their talents and resources. We also know that as a volunteer, you, too, will be rewarded.
USD 261 requires that all volunteers complete an application and sign a Volunteer Agreement and Authorization Form before having contact with our students. A background check will be conducted by the District.
If you have any questions, please contact your school office.
If you have an innovative idea to help the district to improve, send it in through the Innovation Line. In USD 261, we believe exploration, collaboration, and innovation are essential!
Powerschool is an easy to use, web-based student information system. It is intended to provide parents, students and teachers with a tool to communicate student performance. Powerschool may be accessed from any place the parent/guardian can access the Internet. The application is a secure link that encrypts the data to and from the end user.
USD 261 utilizes the Parent Single Sign On (SSO) feature in PowerSchool. Parents are able to log into the portal using their chosen username and password, and have access to each of their student's records.
The PowerSchool Mobile app gives instant access to grades, attendance, assignments, scores, school information, and more, creating better communication, collaboration, and success within a child's learning experience.
FERPA affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:
(1) The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the School receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the appropriate USD 261 principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The School official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
(2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the appropriate USD 261 principal to amend a record should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the School has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using its own employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. Upon request, the District discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-8520