USD 259 approves transitioning all secondary onsite students back 5 days a week


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Public School Board of Education voted 6-0 for all onsite middle and high school students to return to onsite five days a week for the fourth quarter, based on current community COVID-19 data.

The transition will begin on Monday, March 29, when students return from spring break.

USD 259 said families will not see any changes if they selected the MySchool Remote learning model for their students, have elementary students, are enrolled in Education Imagine Academy, or have a student who is already onsite being served through temporary services plan.

Some classes may be adjusted based on student enrollment data in an effort to provide social distancing to the greatest extent possible.

Secondary students have already begun to transition back to learning onsite four days a week. On March 1, sixth and 12th grade onsite students began attending classes four days a week. On March 8, seventh and ninth-grade onsite students began attending classes four days a week. Starting March 15, eight, 10th and 11th grade onsite students will begin to attend classes four days a week. After spring break, the onsite students will attend classes five days a week.

All spring sport athletes for high schools will return to onsite learning if they chose onsite as their preferred learning model. Superintendent Dr. Alicia Thompson stated that the MySchool Remote learning option will not be offered next school year, as it is not allowed based on language in the Kansas State Department of Education’s Navigating Next plan. The Education Imagine Academy option will remain next school year for those who want to participate in virtual education. 

WPS will continue with COVID-19 testing through the end of the school year and will continue to provide vaccinations to staff as supplies last. WPS will also continue to limit access to our buildings by visitors for the remainder of the school year.

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