Welcoming Back our Southeast Students

Good day Southeast Golden Buffalo parents and guardians,

 

Earlier this week you received communication from Superintendent Thompson that our 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. I recognize that many parents have questions about this transition, and I 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?
    • Group A students – in-person learners (last names beginning with A – L)
    • Monday and Tuesday Group A will attend school in-person
    • Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Group A will learn remotely
    • Group B studentsin-person learners (last names beginning with M – Z)
    • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Group B will learn remotely
    • Thursday and Friday Group B will attend school in-person
  • 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?
    • Secondary students who are attending school onsite 2 days a week are still eligible to order and receive our remote meals.  Parents can go to https://www.usd259.org/remotefood to order meals for the days their student do not attend school.
  • Will my student receive bus transportation?
    • Yes, if your student qualifies for transportation, they will receive that service beginning Jan. 25. Our transportation clerk, Candra Koch (ckoch@usd259.net) 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?
    • Yes. 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 Monday-Friday at the Alvin Morris Administrative Center, 903 S. Edgemoor, from 7am to 7pm.
  • Immunizations
    • All students must have required immunizations as they return to onsite learning. Parents whose students need these vaccinations have been contacted with reminders. All students must have necessary immunizations by February 1, or those onsite students will be required to return to remote learning. If you have any questions, please reach out to our school nurse.

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. Our district also offers testing for those with no symptoms. The attachments will provide you with additional information.
  • Make sure that your child brings their fully-charged computer, charger, and earbuds daily if they will learning in-person

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.

Kind regards,

 

Ben Mitchell

Principal, Southeast HS

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