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USD 259 BOE directs calendar committee to start school after Labor Day

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The USD 259 Board of Education has voted to direct the calendar committee to start the school year after Labor Day, either September 8 or 9.

This meeting came a day after the Kansas State Board of Education voted 5-5 rejecting the governor’s order to delay the start of school until after Labor Day.

“Wear the masks so that we can start school, and if we wait till the day after Labor Day, we can then begin so kids can get excited about coming back to school, ” District 3 WPS Board Member Ernestine Krehbiel.

The board said the delay will help teachers, staff, and students better prepare. They hoped it would encourage a drop in COVID-19 cases so they won’t have to go to a full-on remote learning scenario.

The BOE held a special meeting to discuss the start of the school year. Three motions were made and approved during the meeting. The first was voting to direct a delay for the start of school.

The BOE approved a plan for the three different learning options. Each option is up to the parents’ decision:

  • Onsite: In-person learning, traditional, face to face learning with safety precautions set in place.
  • MySchool Remote: Online learning, while enrolled at base school and will follow school hours.
  • Education Imagine Academy: K-12 full-time virtual class with flexible hours. (Classes are full)

To be prepared, the board approved the Learning Model Decision Making guide to be prepared for all scenarios on pandemic restrictions from the city, county, and state.

Important dates to remember are in-person enrollment which is July 27-29. Currently, you can enroll in online courses. July 30, the board will approve the full return to school plan. August 3 and 4 will be the new staff orientation. August 5 is teachers report day. August 20 is when the Learning Model Decision-Making Guide will be reviewed.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION:

In an email to parents, Wichita Public Schools shared the following information:

“Today the Wichita Board of Education formally approved our three learning models that will be available to families – onsite, MySchool Remote, and Education Imagine Academy. We know choice is important to you as you prepare for a new year of learning, and I’m pleased to offer each of our students these high-quality opportunities. Please review the attached option summary, or visit our enrollment site online for more information – www.usd259.org/enroll.

Additionally, there are several key updates regarding enrollment and the school year calendar:

  • School Year Calendar: The Board of Education discussed potential revisions to the school year calendar at their meeting today, and directed the calendar committee to bring a recommendation to the July 30 meeting that would start the school year on either September 8 or 9, after Labor Day. We still must satisfy the state mandate of 1,116 hours for students in the schedule. The calendar committee will meet next week to discuss, and a revised calendar will be brought to the BOE meeting on July 30 for adoption.   
  • Online Enrollment: I strongly encourage you to complete the online enrollment process now. Your enrollment now allows us to have the maximum amount of time to plan for staffing and safe learning environments for our children and our employees. It also reduces the number of families that need to come into a building for in-person enrollment.
    • If you’ve already had your enrollment accepted through ParentVue, you will now be able to log back in to select your learning option for the year, tell us whether you have high-speed internet access at home and complete the fee waiver.
    • If you are waiting for acceptance or have not yet started enrollment, you should log in to ParentVue and complete (or restart) the online enrollment process, including selecting your learning option for the year, telling us whether you have high-speed internet access at home and completing the fee waiver.
    • All eligible families are also encouraged to complete the Free and Reduced application now through the Titan Parent Portal, regardless of enrollment status.
  • In-person Enrollment: We will offer in-person enrollment next week (July 27 and 28, noon to 7pm; July 29, 8am to 3pm). These sessions will support families who are not able to complete enrollment or pay fees online. However, you DO NOT NEED to come to in-person enrollment to complete the process if you can do so online. You will receive more information soon from your school to explain how the process will work at your building.
    • Only one adult per family will be welcomed into the building to complete the enrollment process to help reduce the total number of people in the space at any time. Students do not need to be present to complete the enrollment process.
    • Face masks will be required when entering the building; a disposable mask will be provided if you do not have your own.
    • You will be able to enroll multiple students at one location (you will not need to go to every school if you have children attending different schools).
  • Technical Enrollment Support: The Enrollment Help Line is available July 27-August 7 from 9am to 7:30pm. Call 973-4285 to get help with your enrollment-related questions.”

USD 259 WORKSHOPS:

KSN covered each workshop held by USD 259. You can find those below and the details of each plan.

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