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USD 259 continues to discuss a return to school plan

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – USD 259 is continuing to discuss a return to school plan during the COVID-19 pandemic, and officials say it is still unclear how fall classes would look.

Officials say the initial plan is a soft opening that would one to two weeks with classes taking place in person. The district may transition to a hybrid learning plan or online learning only if the spread of COVID-19 warrants it.

Nearly half of parents surveyed want kids back in school. Others prefer a blended hybrid approach, with students attending in shifts on alternating days, or an online approach. If online learning moves forward, most parents want a consistent schedule of assigned classes, and the second most important was providing the necessary technology to do online learning.

As for USD 259 staff, the majority supports physical attendance with adequate safety precautions and less support an online plan.

The onsite scenario would focus on health and safety, the hybrid scenario would allow the district to pivot dependent on public health, and an online scenario would be required in case classes must be discontinued.

“The stress of change in addition to all of the other stressors require us to be very aware of the social and emotional needs of our students and our stakeholders,” said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Tiffinie Irving.

State guidelines will be finalized July 16, and Wichita schools hopes to finalize July 20.

For more check out the district’s website.

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