Important back-to-school information
Sowers Alternative High School Parents and Guardians,
Students who have selected onsite learning for the second semester will return to our school building on Monday, Jan. 25. We will utilize the blended onsite learning model approved by the Wichita BOE on Oct. 20, which will allow our onsite students to attend school in person two days, and learn remotely for three days. We recognize that many parents have questions about this transition, and we want to provide answers to the most common questions, as well as provide additional details about our schools plans.
- How do I know which days my student will attend school in person?
- Students with last names beginning with letters A-L will attend all day on Mondays and Tuesdays. They will have remote learning on Wednesday – Friday.
- Students with last names beginning with letters M-Z will attend all day on Thursdays and Fridays. They will have remote learning on Monday – Wednesday.
- Students with current Temporary Service Plans will continue with the same days as noted on the plan.
- I have selected MySchool Remote as my child’s learning model – will this impact my child?
- If you selected MySchool Remote for your child for the second semester, they will continue to learn remotely. This change impacts students whose learning model selection is onsite.
- If my student participates in athletics, do they still need to attend remotely or can they come to school for onsite learning?
- Students who participate in moderate or higher risk athletics in the winter or spring season will continue with our district practice of having those students attend school remotely until two weeks following the conclusion of their season. Your student’s coach or athletic director will provide additional detail.
- Will my child still receive free meals?
- Students may bring their lunch, or they may select a grab and go option in the cafeteria at no cost (through the end of the 2020-2021 school year). You can continue to order meals for home-learning days using the information available at https://www.usd259.org/curbsidemeals
- Will my student receive bus transportation?
- Yes, if your student qualifies for transportation, they will receive that service beginning Jan. 25. Our transportation clerk will reach out to you and provide specific information on details of your student’s transportation details.
- Will I still be able to get tech support for my student’s laptop?
- Students will continue to use their laptops every day in student learning. They should bring the device to school on days they attend in person, and should bring them home for remote learning. In order to support any tech questions, you may have, we will continue to provide in-person tech support 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Alvin Morris Administrative Center, 903 S. Edgemoor.
- What supplies does my student need?
- Ink Pens
- Water Bottle
- Face Mask
It is important to note that we will monitor student and staff illness data. In the event that this data warrants a temporary return to 100% remote learning due to staffing and safety considerations, we will likely make a quick pivot back to the remote learning format. Please be sure that your family has a child care plan in place in the event that we notify you of this safety-related transition.
If your child is returning to our school building, please know that we are excited to see them, and prepared to do everything possible to help all students and staff be as safe as possible.
There are several things I want to remind you of concerning our building procedures:
- All students and staff will be required to wear face masks.
- You should check your student for a temperature each morning, and if they are sick keep them at home. If you or anyone in your family believes you may have symptoms of COVID, you can contact our WPS COVID testing center for a free rapid test. Click here for details. Our district also offers testing for those with no symptoms. The attachments will provide you with additional information.
Help us keep our kids in school! Our ability to keep our students onsite is directly impacted by the health of our community and the impact of COVID-19 on our staff and students. Please wear a mask at all times, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.