Parents, concerned for students' safety, wonder what reopening schools looks like

Discussions ongoing as districts prepare
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Posted at 6:28 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 20:49:53-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Parents are anxious for their kids to get back to routine as the easing of stay-at-home orders is on the horizon.

"They need that structure. They're missing their friends. They're missing the structure," said Elizabeth Seitz, a mother of five in Lee's Summit.

Parents are also wondering what classrooms could look like in the fall.

"Schools will have to make adjustments come fall. I can't imagine it'll look the same as normal at back-to-school," said Stacy Scalfaro, another mother who lives in Lee's Summit.

School officials are working out the logistics, and parents said they want to know what districts will be doing to keep their kids safe.

"If I knew there were extra precautions, I'd be willing to send my kids. The small groups makes me more comfortable," said Sarah McGinnity of the Kansas City Mom Collective.

"What will we do with space? With the amount of kids and a certain amount of space in schools," Scalfaro said.

Classroom structure and instruction aren't the only considerations for school districts in the Kansas City area.

"Spread out the timing of lunches, have less kids in one area so they can be a little farther apart," Seitz suggested.

41 Action News reached out to multiple school districts in the metro, which told us discussions are ongoing as they await guidance from health officials and state leaders.

That leaves parents in an uneasy state of mind as they talk to each other from afar.

"We're now back into the unknown of what are you doing? I don't know, are families safe?" McGinnity wondered.

Safety for everyone is paramount for local moms and dads.

"Whatever we have to do for a small amount of time for the greater good of our community, that's what we'll do for now," Seitz said.