SMSD school board discusses reopening plan

Posted at 11:24 PM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 00:24:30-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The majority of parents in the Shawnee Mission School District prefer that their children attend school in person this fall, according to a survey shared at Monday’s board of education meeting.

The SMSD board discussed its 2020-21 school year budget and reopening plan, showing the results of the survey.

Students and staff who will be in a school building will adhere to the following protocols:

  • Temperature checks prior to entering the building for the first time each day.
  • Masks must be worn unless eating, alone in a room, deaf, medical/mental conditions, non-students under 5 years old, unsafe conditions, unlawful, workplace safety.

Currently, less than 10% of people in Johnson County have the coronavirus and there has been a slight decrease in cases.

This puts the SMSD in its yellow phase, which features a hybrid of online and in-person instruction. Students who chose to learn in-person would begin the academic year with hybrid learning. Extra-curricular activities also can occur.

“While there is uncertainty, our objective remains the same,” SMSD Superintendent Mike Fulton said, “that each student will have a personalized learning plan that prepares them to be college and career ready.”

The school year officially starts Sept. 8.

Johnson County, KS
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