JCDHE school reopening recommendation features 4 'modes'

Posted at 7:47 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 20:47:51-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment recommended four “learning modes” for schools as districts plan for the upcoming school year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The modes – green, yellow, red and remote only – are based on the prevalence of community transmission of the virus.

Most relaxed is the green mode, in which the previous 14 days have shown less than 5% of positive tests and either steady or decreasing reports of new COVID-19 cases.

The same criteria apply for yellow and red modes, but at rates of 10% and 15%, respectively.

In the green and yellow modes, elementary schools can allow in-person classes so long as safe-opening principles are followed. However, yellow mode limits elementary extra and co-curricular activities only to those that can accommodate mask wearing and social distancing.

Middle and high school students would be allowed to attend in-person classes and participate in activities in the green mode. Classes would be a hybrid model in yellow mode and no “high-risk activities” or group travel would be allowed for activities.

Only elementary school students would be able to continue in-person courses in the red mode.

If COVID-19 cases are increasing and more than 15% are positive, JCDHE recommends remote-only learning.

For more information, visit the JCDHE website.