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Schools announce reopening plans

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Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 3:16 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2020 at 12:32 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Some schools have announced their plans to open, while others are still coming up with a plan. This after the Kansas State Board of Education rejected Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order delaying the start of schools until after Labor Day, leaving control up to districts on when to open.

Here’s what schools are saying:

  • USD 501 Topeka Public Schools - Still set to open remotely after Labor Day. First day of classes scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 9.
  • USD 437 Auburn-Washburn - The district approved a three-tiered approach to the year. During peak times of virus transmission, the boards will shift into an all-online approach. An all in-school model will only be used when virus transmission is minimal. They’ll start the school year with a hybrid approach that rotates students in and out of the classroom. The board approved a start date of August 27th.
  • USD 372 Silver Lake - “Because of the extensive list of supplies, training/Professional Development and changes we need to make to begin this year as safe as possible, I see little chance of us starting school on August 12th as originally scheduled,” said the school’s website.
  • USD 450 Shawnee Heights - The district approved a three-tiered approach to the year. During peak times of virus transmission, the boards will shift into an all-online approach. An all in-school model will only be used when virus transmission is minimal. They’ll start the school year with a hybrid approach that rotates students in and out of the classroom. The board approved a start date of September 1st.
  • USD 345 Seaman Schools - The district approved a three-tiered approach to the year. During peak times of virus transmission, the boards will shift into an all-online approach. An all in-school model will only be used when virus transmission is minimal. They’ll start the school year with a hybrid approach that rotates students in and out of the classroom. The board approved a start date of August 27th.
  • USD 340 Jefferson West - The USD 340 Board of Education voted to move the starting school date for students to Thursday, August 27. The Board wanted to make sure that provided staff the appropriate time to prepare for a successful school year given all the changes occurring.
  • USD 475 Geary County Schools - The district administrators will discuss what this means for our USD 475 family and will provide our community with more information soon.
  • USD 253 Emporia Schools - The USD 253 Board of Education approved starting school on Sept. 2. The decision was announced during a special board meeting on July 29. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
  • USD 497 Lawrence Public Schools - The board decided the school year will start on September 8, 2020, with six weeks of 100% distance learning. Find all their plans HERE.
  • USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden Schools - On August 5th, the district released Draft 2 of the reopening plan. Parents will have two options for enrolling their children. They can choose, ’On-Site’ or ‘Remote’ learning options. The District has two contingency plans, should the need arise. There is a ’Hybrid’ learning option, as well as an ’All Distance Plan,’ both of which can be instituted at any time within the school year. The school board voted and approved to move the start date for 2020-2021 school year to August 26th. Other calendar modifications include moving some of the “days off” for professional development to prior to school starting, making less days off once school is in session, to allow the district to keep the same number of days “in school.”
  • USD 329 Wabaunsee Schools - The USD 329 Board of Education adopted a school start date for students to begin on August 18th.
  • Topeka Catholic Schools - Hayden’s first half-days are set for Aug. 25 and 26. Topeka Catholic grade schools will open with a half-day on Aug. 26. Topeka Catholic Schools will all have their full first day on Aug. 27.
  • USD 305 Salina Public Schools - Salina Schools have announced they will start school in a hybrid learning model on August 31st. Ahead of their opening, they will host parent teacher conferences to prepare parents for the school year. Their next steps in learning will be base on the status of community health. Find their full plan HERE.
  • USD 335 North Jackson Schools - North Jackson Schools say they will start in person school on August 20th. CLICK HERE for updates on their plans.
  • USD 115 Nemaha Central - First day of class is set of August 20th. The board has approved a menu of instructional models and responses school leaders can adopt to ensure the continued success and safety of students and staff members. Find their plans HERE.
  • USD 284 Chase County - School is set to start August 27th. They plan on releasing their plans via their Facebook page.
  • USD 378 Riley County - Riley County Board of Education approved ‘Strategic Reopening Plan - version 1′ on July 30, 2020. When enrolling students via the online parent portal, students will automatically be enrolled for ‘On-site Learning Environment with enhanced safety protocols.’ If parents/guardians would prefer for their children to participate in the ‘Remote Learning Environment’ they will need to contact the building principal by August 12th. More details on the reopening plan can be found here.
  • USD 320 Wamego - School with start on September 3rd. The district will offer three learning environments for students. On-Site, Remote and Hybrid. Find details about their plans HERE.
  • USD 337 Royal Valley - First day of school is scheduled for August 24th. The district will begin with on-site learning for students with an option for a family choice remote learning option. Based upon viral transmission within the community, they may choose hybrid or full remote learning for our students. Find updates HERE.
  • USD 244 Burlington - School will start on Aug. 21 with on-line and on-site learning. Temperature checks are required before entrance into school buildings and school buses throughout the day and before extra-curricular activities. It will not be giving out attendance awards for the school year and masks are required to be worn in schools and on school buses. Water fountains will not be used but water bottle filling stations will still remain in operation. An isolation room has been set aside for those that become ill at school and need to be picked up and a doctor’s note will be required for students and staff to return. The district will be providing school lunches to online learners. Find details on their plans here.
  • USD 415 Hiawatha - Classes are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Sept. 2, with students attending in-person classes. Find more information here.

We’ll update this story as more announcements are released.

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