Today, at approximately 1:15 pm, we received information of a possible, non-student threat that was a concern for Pratt High School. We immediately employed our Heightened Awareness protocols for the school campus and worked together with our School Resource Officer (SRO) and local law enforcement.
Law enforcement in another county investigated and resolved this threat. We greatly appreciate their work and the work of our city and county law enforcement in protecting our community. This is an opportune moment to acknowledge the value of Officer Gimpel, our School Resource Officer, who helps coordinate our safety operations. We also want to acknowledge the Pratt Police Department for their efforts in securing the grant that helps provide an SRO for our school district and community.
I realize our high level of alert was very obvious. We do choose to respond with utmost caution on a potential safety matter until it can be resolved. At this time, this is a matter for law enforcement and we appear to have a very indirect connection to the concern. As a parent, I know the absence of details can be a source of anxiety. We value your trust, and I want you to know that the safety of our kids is priority one. That will drive our policies and actions. We review our safety protocols with law enforcement in order to operate best practices.
We appreciate your support.
Pratt Schools USD 382
The pandemic numbers have moved back into the Green Zone, so we will move to our Green protocols starting Wednesday, April 7th. We are not completely removed from the pandemic and we will remain watchful of the numbers and adjust accordingly.
For Green protocols, we still have some limited masking requirements based around time and close contact exposure. We are committed to keeping our kids in school and helping ensure that our community stays on the right trend line.
Because transportation is a closed environment, we will still require masking during route and activity bus trips. We will require students in food lines and food service workers to wear a mask. Because we will require students to wear a mask (Grades 5-12) for close contact activities that extend beyond 10 minutes, we will require students to enter buildings with a mask in the morning; this will help us maintain mask discipline and consistency where it is still appropriate. There will be some differences between buildings so feel free to visit with administrators if you have a question.
Of course, we still have to be prepared for requirements to ramp up if the numbers should increase. We will continue to work with the Pratt County Health Department to determine proper protocols as we finish the school year.
On another note, our elementary and middle school students are taking assessments tomorrow. A healthy diet and enough rest are very underrated elements for student performance—academically and athletically—and overall wellbeing.
We appreciate your support. Go Green!
Pratt Schools USD 382
Parents of any student interested in attending the Lily Pad Preschool should complete the online pre-enrollment form today! Click here to pre-enroll
If you have any questions, call Heather at 620-672-4500.
We are excited to announce that USD 382 is starting a Greenback Hall of Fame. The Pratt Greenback HOF Class of 2021 will be inducted next fall in late September. The Greenback Hall of Fame will recognize and honor individuals, alumni and contributors who have made a significant contribution to the Greenback traditions of GRIT, TEAM, VALOR, RESPECT and PASSION. Individuals recognized will have exemplified the character, ideals, outstanding skills and commitment of excellence promoted by USD 382. The establishment of the Hall of Fame is an opportunity to honor our past and to give our youth a motivating influence for the future. The Greenback Hall of Fame is not just about an individual's success in high school, but more importantly what has been their positive contributions since high school, not just to Pratt but the world in which we live.
Greenbacks have the opportunity to nominate individuals in three different categories.
Alumni - The nominee must have exemplified, during and following his/her career, outstanding skills, character and a commitment of excellence. Alumni can be nominated 20 years after their graduation date. The alumni’s professional and personal life after high school will be a vital part of the consideration.
Educator - The nominee must have exemplified, during and following his/her career, role model characteristics as an educator/school employee. The nominee must have worked at USD 382 for at least ten years and been out of employment at USD 382 for at least five years.
Contributor - The nominee must have achieved a high level of achievement in at least one of the following. Nominations may be made 20 years after the person’s high school graduation. This person does not have to be an alumnus of USD 382.
On behalf of our teachers, staff, and school board I welcome you to our district webpage. We are proud of the important work we do with kids to set them up for success and personal well-being this day, this year, and in their future.
We are small-town schools where strong relationships are an integral part of what we do—our principals know every student. Our high school students pair with elementary students (Greenback Match), providing positive leadership and building connections within our student family. Elementary and middle school students hold daily “family” meetings to foster our sense of teamwork and togetherness. Developing our students’ social-emotional strengths is an important goal because we recognize its connection to personal well-being and success both now and in the future.
Because of our size, we are still able to provide a wide variety of opportunities for our students. We have first-class arts programs (band, vocal, theater, debate, forensics, and art), a model elementary MTSS program, an enrichment program for all students, multiple career pathways with instructors in the specialties, and internship and apprenticeship programs. With our connection to Pratt Community College, our college-bound students often leave with 15-30 hours or more of college credit.
In athletics and activities, we compete at a high level—4A for most activities (3A in football). This level allows our entire student body to participate and be successful in multiple activities if they are willing to commit and work hard. But, make no mistake, you must compete with grit to be successful at our level. We have Greenback alumni on scholarship at D1 and D2 programs as well as smaller colleges, community colleges, and technical schools—both for athletics and academics. Regardless of the educational path they choose to take when they leave us, we are proud of our Greenback graduates who are positive contributors to our community and others.
We are small schools with big opportunities. We are a Greenback family. If you would like a tour, please feel free to contact our principals or myself.
Tony Helfrich, Superintendent
Pratt Schools USD 382
Thursday, March 11 - End of 3rd 9 weeks (dismiss at 11:30)
March 12-19 - No school - Spring break
April 2 & 5 - No school - Easter
Wednesday, May 26 - Last day of school