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BOE discusses learning options for families and delaying start of school year

BOE discusses learning options for families and delaying start of school year

Learning Model Options On July 23, the Board of Education approved three learning options for families when they return to school in the fall. Families can select onsite, MySchool Remote or Education Imagine Academy based on what best fits their child’s needs. The BOE also discussed potential revisions to the school year calendar, and directed the Calendar Committee to come back with a recommendation that starts the school year after Labor Day, on either September 8 or 9. The BOE will vote on the calendar revision recommendation during its July 30 meeting.

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Watch the July 23 meeting

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Tiffinie Irving shared the three learning options that will be available for families. Families can make those selections through their ParentVue account.

Onsite (In-person learning) - In this option, students will participate in traditional, face-to-face instruction with standard bell times and schedule, as well as enhanced health and safety guidelines in place.

MySchool Remote (online learning) - In this option, students will participate in full online learning while remaining enrolled at their neighborhood or magnet school. Learning will be paced with all students in the classroom. Technology devices will be provided to students, who will engage with classmates and teachers each school day. Parents, students and teachers will be required to submit a signed daily log of activities. A semester-long commitment will be required, with the option to remain in MySchool Remote or return to in-person, onsite instruction at the end of the semester. Not all course options will be available for middle and high school students, but more classes may be added depending on enrollment.

Education Imagine Academy (virtual) - As of July 30, 2020, Education Imagine Academy is at capacity for the 20-21 school year. In this option, students will participate in Wichita Public Schools’ K-12 full-time virtual school that provides flexibility in schedule and individualized pacing. Education Imagine Academy will be the student’s base school. Technology devices will be provided to students, and learning pace and timeline completion will be flexible. A semester-long commitment will be required, with the option to remain in Education Imagine Academy or return to in-person, onsite instruction at the end of the semester.

Families are encouraged to enroll online at www.usd259.org/enroll and look at the options and make their decisions. In-person enrollment is July 27 and 28, 12 – 7 p.m.; and July 29, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. These sessions will support families who are not able to complete enrollment or pay fees online.  Families DO NOT NEED to come to in-person enrollment to complete the process if you can do so online. Parents will receive more information soon from their schools to explain how the process will work at the schools. Parents are able to enroll multiple students at one location.

The BOE also approved the WPS Learning Model Decision Making Guide, which is a process that will help make decisions when determining the appropriate leaning model at any time during the school year.  For example, if there are a large amount of COVID-19 cases and community restrictions, the BOE has the option of moving all students to Full Remote Learning. During Full Remote Learning, distance or online learning occurs for all students. The Full Remote option could be long- or short-term, and could be applied to a classroom, school, or district-wide, depending on the situation.

“We will continue to pay attention, be flexible, and make decisions with the safety of students and staff online,” Dr. Irving said.