News & Information for USD 261 Parents



Welcome Back!

We would like to thank you for your patience and support over these past several months as we have navigated through these unprecedented times and ever-changing conditions. Protecting the health of our students, families, and staff while continuing to provide academic excellence has always been our top priority. Haysville USD 261 administrators have been working diligently to ensure that we have plans and procedures in place that are in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines for schools. We understand that this pandemic can create unique challenges for our families and students and some of our families will require and/or prefer a different learning environment. That is why we have provided options for returning to school to our families.
For information on the Return to Learn choices, COVID-19 updates, FAQ, and other important information, click on the Return to Learn button below or go to

Because new information regarding COVID-19 is ever changing, USD 261 guidelines are subject to change. Parents/guardians are encouraged to check the Return to Learn page frequently.

Free School Meals

Free School Meals!!!

Haysville Public Schools is offering Free School Meals to all Haysville Enrolled Students every school day through the last day of school, May 27, 2020. Families do not have to complete forms or applications to qualify.

  • USDA covers the cost of the meals for ALL STUDENTS. You are not taking meals away from someone who might need it more.
  • Every meal that is served helps your local food service program financially, and keeps local food service staff employed.
  • Free school meals help extend families on food budgets, and can save time on meal preparation.
  • School meals are safe, nutritious and delicious!

If you would like to apply to have school enrollment fees waived, you must complete the Child Nutrition Program, Free & Reduced Price Meal Application Form and the Consent for Disclosure (Enrollment Fee) Waiver form. Click the button below to be redirected to the application.


Remote Lunch Students

Breakfast/Lunch Reservation for REMOTE Students

If you have a student or students that will be learning remotely and you are still wanting school meals, click on the button below to complete the reservation form. Please include all REMOTE students that are enrolled in USD 261 on one form. Reservations must be submitted EACH WEEK and can be submitted from Wednesdays begining at 8:00 am through Mondays ending at 8:00 am. A new link will be available each week. Beginning on Tuesday, October 6, meals will need to be picked-up on Tuesdays between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm from the school cafeteria. Students participating in High School Hybrid must make reservation. If you have questions or need help with reservations, please call food services at 316-554-2219.



Kinsa App

District Part of Kinsa Program

We would like to remind parents that all of our schools are now a part of the Kinsa program. The Kinsa program allows parents to anonymously share diagnoses and health trends with their school community through a downloadable phone app.
Kinsa never uses personally identifiable information, and keeps all health data anonymous unless the parent chooses to post health messages using his or her real name. It is an excellent tool that parents can use to stay informed about what health issues are occurring in their child’s school.
To join your school group text fluency to 555888 on your smart phone. You will receive a link to join. Alternatively, you can go to the Apple App store or Google Play store and download the Kinsa app.

Children's Safety in a Connected World

With kids growing up in a digital age, it can be a challenge for modern parents to monitor their activity on the Internet without becoming overly protective and spy-like.

Keeping this in mind, parents are advised to find the middle ground and take reasonable measures to protect their kids. There are plenty of ways to allow your kids to be connected and socialize with their friends, all the while being safe. This guide is designed to educate and provide useful tips to parents on how to promote safe, meaningful online experiences for their children. Read more ....

You may be eligible for a low cost internet connection at home. The Cox Connect2Compete program is available for families that have a K-12 student and receive government assistance such as the National School Lunch Program or SNAP. With this program, Cox offers high speed Internet for $9.95 per month with no deposits or annual contracts for qualified families and includes free installation and free modem rental. AT&T offers a similar program, called Access, for SNAP participants.

Latchkey services for Haysville Schools is provided through the Haysville Activity Center (HAC). Children grades Kindergarten through fifth are welcome to attend the Latchkey program. Sites open at 6:30 am and run until the school breakfast program is open to students. Students not eating breakfast will be released to go to class at 8:15 am. All sites will reopen after school is dismissed and will close at 6:00 pm. Contact the HAC at 529-5922 for information regarding before and after school care, drop-in care for days that school is not in session, costs and registration.

Communication is KEY! Don't miss out on emergency and school messages. Haysville Schools wants to communicate with you using SMS text messaging. To opt-in to these messages, simply text the word "yes" to the short code: 67587. Please note: texts will only be sent to numbers on file in PowerSchool in the home phone field.

Family School Partnerships

Haysville Schools wants to be in partnership with parents and community to provide the best learning environment for our students. With a close relationahip we can provide the best student outcome. Parent involvement opportunities include:

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Open House
  • SITE Council Member
  • PTA/PTO Member
  • School Volunteer
  • Room Parent
  • Attending Family Events, such as Monthly Family Nights, Athletic Events, School Programs, etc.

The Parent Hotline

Kids don’t come with instructions. That’s why the Kansas Children's Service League has the Parent Helpline. The Parent Helpline is a free, anonymous telephone counseling service. It is a voice on the other end of the line that can empathize with what you’re going through. It’s a trained person who will listen and help you with simple questions or complex situations. There’s no question too small or problem too big. The Helpline counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can refer you to services anywhere in Kansas.

Call the Parent Helpline whenever you have a question or a problem. Don’t wait until “the next time.” When you feel frustrated, upset or confused someone at the Parent Helpline will listen and help.

Kansas Children’s Service League

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If you or your family members are in the need for Mentoring, after-school programs, senior care, counseling, food pantries, disability services and much, much more, 2-1-1 of Kansas is here to help.

Simply dial 2-1-1 toll free across Kansas to talk with a trained specialist to find help. All calls are confidential and answered 24/7.

Search 2-1-1 Kansas online to find help in our area. This site lists many nonprofit and government human services available.

School Hours

Elementary School
8:25 AM - 3:50 PM

Middle School
7:35 AM - 2:50 PM

High School
7:50 AM - 3:05 PM

The Haysville Activity Center Newsletter

How we do things . . .

When School Closes Unexpectedly

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 we have on record as being the student's home phone number. SchoolMessenger does not call duplicate numbers.

Corrent telephone numbers and email addresses must be in PowerSchool to receive messages.

Television Stations

KAKE-TV Channel 10
KWCH-TV Channel 12
KSN-TV Channel 3

Radio Stations

KFDI-FM 101.3
KTHR-FM 107.3
KZCH-FM 96.3
B98-FM 97.9

About School Meals

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.

Child Nutrition Program Application
Child Nutrition Program

Applications for the Child Nutrition Program are available online, in the school offices, at the Food Service Office or download a copy here . Eligibility requirements are printed on the applications.

Lunch Money

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,, which allows parents/guardians the ability to manage their child's lunch account online. Go to to view details of this time saving program.

SchoolMessenger To Keep You Informed

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.

Volunteering in Haysville Schools

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.

USD 261 Innovation Line

Innovation Line

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 for Student Information

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. In addition, a username and password are provided to allow access for only authorized users to the appropriate student record. Get Instructions

PowerSchool is Parent-Friendly!

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. All parents, regardless of the numer of children they have, will need to create an account when logging on to PowerSchool with SSO for the first time. We are excited about this convenient feature of PowerSchool and are confident that after the initial setup, you will also appreciate this convenience.

Instruction Sheet

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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

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