THIS JUST IN: The KCKPS School Board votes unanimously to honor Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order to delay the start of the school year until September 9th.
Students will return to school virtually/online learning- NO in person classes will be offered for the first 9 weeks of the 2020-2021 school year.
KCKPS is working on the details around the return date for staff, along with additional details around virtual learning.
We know this decision will lead to many questions, the district is working to be able to answer all of those for you in the coming days.
Comment from the District
The Board of Education unanimously approved to uphold Governor Laura Kelly’s order to start school after the Labor Day holiday. In addition, the Board further emphasized that students will begin the first nine-weeks of the 2020-21 school year in a distance learning format (see option C below). The Board’s decision comes just a week following the State Board of Education’s release of their guidance for reopening schools across the state.
“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 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 –
Distance Learning for all Students
Option D –
Traditional Return to Campus with an online option
We understand there will be questions about online learning activities, sporting events, and staff expectations when school begins in September. The District is currently producing an FAQ to address as many those questions as possible. More details will be provided in the coming days, and the District will continue to provide updates through all of its communication platforms.
Posted July 21, 2020