USD 247 Approves Returning to School Plan; Delays Start of School

At a special board meeting on Monday, August 3, Superintendent Dr. Brad Miner presented the board with a draft Returning to School Plan developed by a task force of teachers, administration, classified staff, parents, and students.  The Crawford County Health Department officers, Dr. Stebbins and Dr. Bean, were in attendance to answer questions.  The plan was the result of many hours of work created in conjunction with guidance from the Kansas State Department of Education, the Center for Disease Control, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, and the Crawford County Health Department.

The plan outlined two learning environments for parents to choose from, in-person and remote. Eight operational areas were identified with expectations for stakeholders and strategies for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.  In addition, a Remote Learning Handbook was included in the plan.  A copy of the plan can be found below.  Parents should read the plan carefully and be prepared to ask questions during enrollment on August 5 and 6 and select from the in-person or remote learning option for their child/children.  It is important to note that as new information becomes available, updates to the plan will be shared with families.   

Dr. Miner shared with the board that teachers and administrators will need additional time to prepare for full implementation of both the in-person and remote learning plans prior to students returning to school.  After a great deal of discussion, the board approved delaying the first day of school by two days, making Friday, August 21 the first day of attendance for in-person and remote students.


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