Students in the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools will return to school after Labor Day, with the first 9-weeks of classes conducted on a remote basis. The district’s Board of Education unanimously approved the plan during a meeting held Tuesday evening.
“We understand and appreciate our parent’s urgency to know what returning to school will be like for this upcoming academic year. Our staff has been working diligently on a Reopening of School’s plan, and we are ahead of schedule with professional development workshops for our teachers and administration,” said Dr. Charles Foust, Superintendent of Schools. “Our preparations were designed to keep our staff and students safe regardless of whatever option the Board chose for the upcoming school year, and to ensure that our staff is well-prepared to meet the unique situation they will face.”
The District will continue to work closely with the Wyandotte County Health Department to review safety protocols during COVID-19. The best practices will be carefully considered before making any decisions to return to in-person instruction after the nine-week period.
The district administration presented several instructional options for the Board to consider with a focus on the health and safety of students, parents, and staff.
Option A –
All Students Return to Campus with mitigation practices for student and staff safety
Option B –
An A/B schedule where approximately 50% of the students will be on-site and 50% online daily
Option C – ADOPTED FOR 1ST NINE WEEKS
Distance Learning for all Students
Option D –
Traditional Return to Campus with an online option
A lot of questions still remain about how the school year will work. Beyond the question of how online learning will work, questions about school sports and staff expectation still need to be addressed.
District representatives says they’re preparing an FAW to address as many of those questions as possible, with more details to be provided soon. Information will be released through all of the district’s communication platforms and through the media.