May 19, 2020 9:30 PM

Students could have more summer brain fade

Posted May 19, 2020 9:30 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — It's called brain fade. That time during the summer where school students worry more about their summer vacation than learning. 

While it’s always something schools are concerned about, it may be more of a problem this year due to students being away from school for a more extended period of time. 

“I think that is definitely a concern,” new Buhler Superintendent Cindy Couchman said. “In fact, we’re using some of our CARES Act money to offer summer school for the first time for kindergarten through 5th grade.”

Couchman says those classes will begin in July so students can make a transition into the next school year in August.  

“It’s always a concern every summer . . . and so we’re waiting until July to do it so it kind of springboards them into the next year.”

Couchman says all students will have some setback from the previous year and notes that they can catch back up over time. Couchman wanted to stress that they would not try to get students back to where they would like them to be all at once.

“We have a new starting line, and for the most part it doesn’t have to all be caught up on the first lap . . . first quarter,” Couchman stressed. She said even seniors going to college will have a new starting line as they see college that could be much different than what they imagined last year. Couchman says, even without the pandemic, there are a lot of things parents could do during the summer to make sure their children don’t suffer too much brain fade before the next year.

“One of the main things is reading. We always want to get them reading, get them to the public library, get books in their hands,” Couchman said. “The other concern obviously is math because reading is a little bit more accessible and parents feel a little more comfortable.”

Couchman says there are many ways to engage your children in math with activities like cooking or finding fun games and apps that provide math learning.

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May 19, 2020 9:30 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.