May 19, 2020 3:50 PM

USD 308 trying to prepare for blended learning in the fall

Posted May 19, 2020 3:50 PM

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — School isn't going to look the same in the fall, though the details are still being worked out.

"We need to be prepared for a blended learning model," said USD 308 Superintendent Mike Folks. "That's what Randy Watson has challenged us with. The other thing with online learning that we're in the process of studying and we're waiting for some information from the Kansas State Department of Education, is taking our standards and changing, transitioning those into competencies, more of a competencies based model."

How much time is spent in the school building is still up in the air right now.

"You might have some seat time, some direct instruction that we're very familiar with and accustomed to," Folks said. "Then, you might have some online stuff that you do at home. That's what a blended model means to me."

If you are using online instruction at all, there are resource issues with that.

"We have many more challenges that we have faced, where about 30% of our families did not have internet connectivity," Folks said. "We had five or six hundred Chromebooks that we deployed to our families, to our students. Our families, our students need to have that high-speed connectivity and they also need to have a device to have blended learning."

Thanks to recent action by the USD 308 school board, the district will be one-to-one with devices for students from grades 4-12 for next year.

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May 19, 2020 3:50 PM
UPDATED: Injury accident closes portion of US-50 for several hours Tuesday

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — An accident on Highway 50 Tuesday morning sent two people to the hospital.

According to the Reno County Sheriff's Office, at 7:34 a.m. Tuesday, a deputy was dispatched to the 7600 block of East U.S. 50 where 22-year-old Chase Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer of Mayetta was driving a white 2013 Jeep Patriot and passed a 2017 black Honda Accord driven by 42-year-old Elizabeth Touzel of Hutchinson.

The Mayetta woman began driving erratically after passing, crossed the center line and continued into the westbound lane, where she collided head on with a semi. The 2011 semi was driven by 56-year-old Phillip Adams of Orrick, Mo.

Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer’s vehicle then collided with Touzel's vehicle. The semi exited the roadway and ended up in the north ditch. Touzel's vehicle exited the roadway and ended up in the south ditch. Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer's vehicle remained on the roadway.

Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer was wearing her seatbelt. The airbags deployed, and she was trapped in her vehicle. She was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Touzel was transported by Reno County EMS to the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. She was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident and airbags deployed.

Adams sustained minor injuries and declined treatment by EMS. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

Both lanes of U.S. 50 were opened back up around 3 p.m. Tuesday. The accident is still under investigation.