As you know, we have been planning and preparing for a possible return to in-person learning in our hybrid model. We reinforced that we would bring groups of students back for in-person learning only if the pandemic data demonstrated it is safe to do so. After some weeks of declining positivity rates, we are now seeing data that is trending upward again – particularly within our attendance boundaries.
The data indicates that we are not below the 10% positivity rate within our boundaries. Thus, we will not be returning to in-person learning in our hybrid model for PreK-Grade 3 students on Nov. 9.
For now, students will remain in their distance learning or Kansas City Virtual Academy classes. However, we commit to continuing to look at the data daily and communicating any possible return to in-person hybrid learning in two-week increments. These discussions will continue during our Board of Directors meetings.
We do, however, have a plan for in-person learning for our Special Education students who need additional support. We have almost 200 Special Education students who will be returning to in-person learning on Nov. 9. This plan will help us support our Special Education students according to state statute. Our teachers and principals are already in the process of working with these families to assist in our re-entry plans.
Lastly, again, we are continuing to prepare and plan for bringing back some groups of students who need alternative scenarios for some in-person learning. Between principals, teachers, families and leadership, we are constantly inviting conversations about what in-person learning could look like for some of our students who need it the most.
As we slowly try to start bringing students back in-person, stay tuned to our COVID-19 reopening webpage for information about our gating criteria for re-entry, new data dashboard and opening procedures. We will remain in communication with you along the way.
We have been planning and working through details to begin hybrid in-person learning on Nov. 9, 2020, for some of our students. This plan is still based on science and data. Students will return to school buildings only if COVID-19 positivity rates are declining consistently within our KCPS boundaries.
If approved, our reopening plan will begin with PreK-Grade 3 students returning two-days a week. Roughly half the students will attend in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays and the other half will attend on Thursdays and Fridays. All students will attend classes from home on Wednesdays.
We plan to evaluate every two weeks whether COVID-19 positivity rates will allow us to bring more grade levels back to our buildings for hybrid in-person classes. The gating criteria below outlines how we will be making that decision and what each status means for students, staff and visitors.
Our website includes more information about our reopening plans, policies and procedures. This information will be updated in the coming weeks with details around our gating criteria for return to in-person learning, a dashboard with data for positivity rates within KCPS boundaries, and safety procedures for in-person learning.
We are monitoring the pandemic’s 14-day data trends within our boundaries and we plan to make a final decision about our in-person hybrid return on Monday, Oct. 26. If the Kansas City Health Department data indicates that positivity rates are declining, we will communicate our plans for in-person hybrid learning to begin on Monday, Nov. 9, for our PreK-Grade 3 students.
Thank you for your support as we continue to make decisions in the best interest of safety and learning for our students, families and staff. If you have questions, concerns or input regarding our re-opening plans, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the “Let’s Talk” feature at the top of every page on our website. We commit to clear communication as details continue to be refined and adjusted based on data and health department guidance.