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BOE approves transitioning students back to onsite learning

BOE approves transitioning students back to onsite learning

The Board of Education voted to begin transitioning students back to onsite learning during their January 11, 2021 meeting. They approved the following plan:

  • Elementary onsite students will return to class on Wednesday, January 13
    • We are still in the first semester, and will be through Jan. 21. Students will return to school Wednesday if parents chose onsite learning for the first semester.
    • If elementary parents selected onsite learning for second semester, students will return to the building beginning January 25 through the remainder of the school year.
    • If parents chose MySchool Remote for the first and second semester, your child will continue remote learning. If parents chose MySchool Remote for the second semster only, remote learning will begin January 25.
  • PreK onsite students will return to class on Thursday, January 14
  • Middle and high school onsite students will return to the blended onsite model on Monday, January 25 when the second semester begins.

Families will not see any changes if they selected the remote learning model for their student, are enrolled in Education Imagine Academy, or have a student who is already onsite being served through a temporary services plan.

On Tuesday, January 12, elementary students will have a day of asynchronous learning while they transition back to their classrooms. Staff will be provided with additional direction from their principal or department head regarding details of the transition.

Middle and high school students who selected onsite learning will receive instruction through the blended onsite model that was approved by the BOE on Oct. 20.  With Blended Onsite, Group A (students with last names A – L) learn onsite on Monday and Tuesday, while Group B (students with last names M – Z) learn remotely through MySchool Remote. Group B will learn onsite Thursday and Friday while Group A will learn remotely. All students learn remotely on Wednesday.

Schools will share more information to their students about the transition.

Click here to read the BOE presentation. Watch the BOE presentation and discussion.

WPS will continue to monitor staff illness and quarantine, student illness and attendance, along with availability of substitutes. Should data and heath trends warrant, individual buildings may be temporarily closed for onsite learning. Parents should be prepared with a childcare plan in the event their child’s school needs to transition temporarily to full remote learning.

The COVID-19 vaccination distribution for K-12 employees is part of Phase 2 of Governor Laura Kelly’s vaccine distribution plan. It is our goal to be ready to begin vaccine distribution to employees as soon as we have the opportunity to do so.