Hawkeye View Newsletter


Dear Mize Families,

As you are all aware, based on notifications that I have sent out over the last week, we have seen an increase in illnesses here at Mize. I wanted to take this opportunity to provide a bit of clarification in regards to our notification process regarding COVID-19. Please know that as we move through this process, we are learning. My intent is never to leave you uninformed, regarding the state of our building, but this has truly been a process that often takes time due to contact tracing. As such, I have provided some clarification below in regards to each of the letters that you may receive. These letters are intended to keep all informed of our COVID related illnesses.

Notification Letters-What do these letters mean?

General Building Notification-This letter is sent to notify ALL parents that there has been a positive COVID-19 case identified within the building.

Low Risk Exposure Letter-This letter is typically sent in addition to the general building notification letter and only to parents of those students who may have had low-risk contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Low risk contact is defined as a mask being worn properly at all times.

High Risk Exposure Letter-This letter is sent by Johnson County Health Department to parents of students who have high risk exposure and will require the need to quarantine.

Exclusion Letter-This letter is sent due to exposure and recommendations by Johnson County Health Department. This limits further exposure and spread of illness. When this letter is sent, a classroom will move to our remote learning model.

Why do we receive last minute notification when receiving a letter of exclusion?

This is a very time-consuming process that requires contact tracing. Contact tracing requires phone calls to parents, reviewing seating charts, etc. to make determinations of potential exposure both in and out of school. Once all the information is acquired, the information is reviewed and final determination is made by the Johnson County Health Department. The process is as follows:

  • Every time that we have a positive case, our building nurse reports it to our district health coordinator.
  • Our district health coordinator, in turn, reports it to the contact tracing team.
  • The contact tracing team then shares information with our district disease investigator. The district disease investigator from Johnson County Health Department determines the need for exclusion of a classroom, once all information has been received and reviewed. The decision for exclusion is based on contact tracing information and level of exposure within a classroom or the community. This is done as a last resort to limit further exposure and spread within the classroom and building.
  • Exclusion occurs when data determines it is in the best interest of the student population.

Why do Optional Remote families receive notification letters?

This is done to keep all of our Mize families informed regarding our building.

Why can’t you inform me of the number of cases within each classroom?

Due to the state of Kansas HB 2016 and HIPAA, the district cannot provide the number of cases within a classroom, as it could lead to the potential identification of individuals. This would be a violation of both of those regulations.

As we moved through last week, we found that most of our exposure has been traced due to activities outside of school. We are asking all families to be vigilant and assist in mitigating risks for our students, staff, and entire Mize community. We want everyone to be able to have a safe, healthy holiday break. Thank you all for your continued support as we move through these unprecedented times. Take care, Mize families, and wishing you all the very best.

Ms. Balthazor

Celebrating Veterans day with the Amazing American Flag from all of our Mizehawks!

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Nurse Notes..

Hello Mize families,

As cases in Johnson County increase, we wanted to reach out to you to go over COVID information, guidelines, mitigation practices, and how you can help from the outside. Here at Mize, we are following all distancing guidelines, wearing masks, and limiting class exposure. We are pleading that all of those that live in the community follow the same practices. In order to keep our kids in school, we need to take this pandemic seriously and follow the guidelines set by the county and the state.

1. Mitigation Practices: In order to decrease your risk for COVID, avoid quarantine and help slow the spread, there are 3 things you must do: wear a mask, distance yourself 6 feet from others, and limit your exposure to other people to less than 10 minutes. If all 3 are followed, your risk is considered very LOW.

2. If your child displays COVID symptoms we ask that they not come to school and be COVID tested or seen by a physician immediately. On the district website under the Department/Health Services/COVID-19 tab, you will find all the information about symptoms and school exclusion. Please see the link here: www.usd232.org/Page/8472

3. The nurses do have a very limited supply of COVID tests that we can use to test the students in our building. It is a saliva based PCR testing. There are specific criteria to be eligible. Here are the most important: Parents will have to sign a consent for the testing, ORL students cannot be tested, and the student will have to have symptoms to be tested here at school.

4. Rapid antigen testing is not accepted as a standalone test at this time. Students are required to have PCR type testing completed.

5. The nurses have referral cards for COVID testing at the health department. It is drive-up, free, and they have been returning results in about 48 hours. The referral card essentially acts like the un-fun version of a Disney fast pass: you don’t have to schedule an appointment and can just show up at the health department any time during their testing hours. Be prepared to present the card when you arrive. These are an option for students on campus if you cannot get the student into their pediatrician.

6. Please be aware that if a student has a pending COVID test they may NOT be on campus.

7. Please contact the school nurses immediately if there is direct exposure to a COVID positive patient or if the student is COVID positive.

8. If your student is at home and you have COVID concerns, please send an email with information about your circumstances. If your COVID concern occurs during the evening, on a weekend, or school holiday, we will follow up with you the next business day or as soon as we are able.

9. About the contact tracing process: When we receive information about an illness that meets certain criteria, we submit a report that places that case in the contact tracing queue. Typically, cases are not assigned to the building nurses to trace and we are not notified who is assigned. After the contact tracing is complete, the tracer returns the 1. information to the Health Services Coordinator for the district (Tara Harmon-Moore, BSN, RN, BA) and she then notifies the building about return dates. Tracing can often take multiple days if we are waiting for a return call or waiting on COVID test results. In summary, the process can be long and we will likely not have information that we can share with you right away.

Only with help from the surrounding community can we slow the spread. Please push through the COVID fatigue...by showing your Pandemic Stamina. Continue to take precautions to protect those around you. If we slow the spread outside, it will help us keep the kids inside the school building!!!

Please let us know if you have questions. Thanks again. Just know we are all working tirelessly to protect students and staff at Mize. Thanks for the support!!

From your friendly Mize nursing team,

Christina Brandenburg MBA, BSN, RN

Brandi Heitmann RN

Erica Keesling BSN, RN

cbrandenburg@usd232.org (send all COVID related communications to Christina please!)

(913) 441-0880

Online Book Fair Nov. 9- 22nd

It's Here! The Mize Elementary Scholastic Virtual Book Fair

Who: Mize Hawks

What: Scholastic Book Fair - Virtual

When: November 9th - 22nd

Where: Shop online at…


  • All orders will be shipped to your home
  • Free shipping on book-only orders over $25
  • All purchases benefit Mize and earn 25% in rewards.

Why: This is a great way to get stocked up on reading materials for the holidays, as well as support the Mize library!

If you are interested in donating a book to a classroom, include the book to be donated with your book order and then send the book to Jeri Ann Blain, Mize Library Media Specialist, along with a note to let her know where the book belongs. Happy shopping!

learning model change for second semester open

USD 232 Families:

Parents who desire to change their student’s learning model for second semester may do so from November 9-20 through Skyward Family Access. Families who want to continue with their children’s current learning model do not need to take any further action, but do have the option of completing the form to confirm the learning model choice for their student(s). Depending on the number of learning model changes, students may be assigned different teachers for second semester.

Requesting a Change for Second Semester
There are two learning model options to assist parents in making the best possible choice for their children; On-Site or Optional Remote. Parents will utilize Skyward Family Access to make the change in learning models. Selections must be received by Friday, November 20, and will take effect second semester, January 20, 2021.

** IMPORTANT: The parent/guardian who is normally responsible for enrollment will need to make the selection in Skyward Family Access. Attached to this message are directions to assist parents


Do I need to make a selection?
Only if you want to change your child’s learning model for second semester. Parents who do not want to change their student’s learning model do not need to take any further action. However, we have provided a “no change” option for parents who still want to complete the online form.

Parents have two choices: On-Site or Optional Remote.

  1. Parents who desire in-person instruction for their children would choose the On-Site Learning Model, knowing that the school district could shift between two additional learning environments during the school year based on the community/school spread of COVID-19. Under our On-Site Model, the district could start in or move between three learning environments: On-Site (in-person) to Hybrid, or to Remote learning.
  1. Parents who would rather have their children participate in off-site instruction should select the Optional Remote Learning Model. The students in this model would be in optional remote learning full time for the remainder of the school year.

Next Steps for Parents:

  1. Log-in to Skyward Family Access
  2. Select Learning Model for the Spring 2021 Semester
  3. Repeat, as needed, for each student
  4. Complete before Friday, November 20, 2020


To learn more about your choices of Learning Models, visit our website.

Please contact your child’s school with school-specific questions.

Skyward Family Access

The district will utilize Skyward Family Access to complete registration / enrollment.

Forgot your user name/password?

The Skyward Family Access parent account is based on the parent email address on file with the school. First, try using the “Forgot your Login/Password” to reset your password. This link is on the login page for Family Access. If that process is not successful, please contact your child’s school directly to ensure it has your most current email address on file.

Other Information

Once the selection process is completed, each school will begin the process of building new schedules for students enrolled in the On-Site and Optional Remote Learning Models for the second semester.

Language for Form

Please review the two learning models (https://www.usd232.org/Page/8382) you want to consider. After review, please select the preferred learning model for your student(s) for the second semester of the 2020-21 school year. Please note: parents who want their student to continue in their current learning model can select the “no change” option.

This process will reflect your FINAL CHOICE of learning model and will start at the beginning of second semester (Jan., 20, 2021) and will remain effect for the rest of this school year.

Action Needed: It is time to select/confirm a learning model for your student for the second semester of the 2020-21 school year. This action by be completed by Friday, November 20.

Congratulations to third grader, Nora Cunningham, for being recognized as Mize’s Artist of the Year from the 2019-2020 school year at the USD 232 Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov. 2. This year the ceremony was held virtually. Nora was recognized for her abstract self-portrait completed during her second grade year. The night was a special recognition of the outstanding artwork students are creating in USD 232. Nora and the other student artists will now have their artwork on permanent display at the Administration Office.

Important Dates


  • Wednesday, Nov. 25-Friday Nov. 27: NO SCHOOL-THANKSGIVING BREAK

Specials this week is: H WEEK 11/16-11/20

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Mize PTO

click here to go to Mize PTO website

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Show our THANKS by GIVING a pie to Mize staff

We have the BEST staff at Mize and want to show them how thankful we are for them! We would like each staff member to take home a pie, provided by our wonderful Mize families, to enjoy over the Thanksgiving holiday. Simply choose pumpkin or apple pie (must be store bought) to bring in to our wonderful staff the morning of Tuesday, November 24, 2020. We will have a few volunteers with carts during drop off from 8:30-8:45 to collect pies. Please click on the link below if you are interested in providing a pie for Mize staff.

Thank you!

Mize Pto

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Gift Card Order forms coming home soon OR you may go online to order!

Gift Card Order

Code: 57FBECCC23527

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