The KCKPS Board of Education approved a phased in approach to in-person instruction beginning with the first group of students returning to school on January 19th, 2021. The Administration presented a revised reentry plan to the Board during the regular scheduled board meeting on Tuesday.
Phased in approach:
- Monday, January 4, 2021 All school staff to return to classrooms for preparation of in-person learning. Some essential staff will be asked to return even earlier.
- Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Early Childhood –through 2nd Grade to return to hybrid learning.
- Tuesday, January 26, 2021 3rd Grade to 12th Grade to return to hybrid learning.
- Parents who want to opt out of in-person learning will be allowed to select the option to continue with remote learning.
The district began the vital planning work for reopening schools early this summer and presented options to the board for consideration in June, but the continued reports of a high number of COVID-19 cases in the county delayed the decision to return to the classroom much sooner.
The Administration further examined approaches and models to reopening schools and presented an updated framework to the Board on Tuesday.
- Plan A“Continue with current Remote Learning Plan”
- Plan B“Hybrid Instruction or Remote Learning”
o In-Person Learning at 50% Capacity:
- Begin with Early Childhood-2nd Grade students (and specific student groups) to return to in-person or remote learning;
- Phase in 3rd-5th Grade students to return to in-person or remote learning;
- 6th– 12th Grade students will continue to receive remote learning services.
- Plan C “Hybrid Instruction or Remote Learning” Early Childhood-12th Grade students return to in-person or remote learning.
- Plan D “All in Person Learning Model”
The comprehensive plan includes important risk management procedures for Plan B, C, and D, which require wearing masks, illness screens and various other hygiene and health measures. The plan also provides guidance for transportation as well. The school board decided to delay the opening of school until after the Labor Day Holiday this year and to begin the first nine-weeks remotely.
This revised plan presents more framework and options for a hybrid model and a contingency plan for every option to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
“We understand the amount of concern and uncertainty that still remains for some parents, teachers and the school community. There is also an urgency for some parents to have their child return to the classroom,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Alicia Miguel. “We are taking every request seriously and this is why we have spent many hours reviewing all options to bring our students and staff back into a safe and healthy environment.”
We have also surveyed parents to gauge the climate on whether they were ready for their children to return to in-person instruction. More than 60 percent of the parents surveyed wanted to return to some sort of hybrid learning.
Once again and stated previously, the district’s plan focuses on the following areas:
- high-quality instruction
- educational inequities created by COVID-19
- health and safety protocols
- social-emotional support systems
- family and community engagement
For more information about the District’s Reentry Plan, please visit the District’s website.
Posted October 14, 2020