Blue Valley middle, high schoolers to begin hybrid learning

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Posted at 7:27 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 20:43:41-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Middle and high school students in the Blue Valley School District will begin a hybrid learning model in early October.

The district on Monday said that older students who chose the in-person learning option will begin hybrid learning on Oct. 5.
The schedule will alternate in-person and at-home learning days, without a distance learning day currently in the elementary schools' hybrid model, according to the district.

“While this alternating pattern means the in-person and at-home days will look different each week, this schedule offers maximum in-person time which we know is a priority for our families,” Superintendent Tonya Merrigan said in a note to families on Monday night.

Students will be assigned to an “A” or “B” attendance day based on the last name of the oldest child in the family. Group A will include those with last names beginning with the letters A-L, while Group B will be those with last names M-Z.

School principals will send out more detailed schedules later this week, the district said.

Also on Oct. 5, elementary students in the district will begin in-person learning five days a week.

Students whose families chose the all-virtual option will not be impacted by the transition and will remain in remote learning.

The district said that gating criteria has progressed to the “yellow” zone, which allows for the transition to hybrid and in-person learning.

Some Blue Valley parents protested on Sunday after the district asked more than 100 people to quarantine after an elementary school teacher was exposed to COVID-19.