SMSD secondary students to move to remote learning as COVID-19 cases rise

Posted at 2:32 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 17:53:31-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Secondary students in the Shawnee Mission School District will move to remote learning on Nov. 30, the district said in a letter to families Monday.

In the letter, the district said it's "finding it more difficult to staff our buildings for in-person learning, given the number of staff currently in quarantine or isolation. We have reached the point where we are unable to fully staff all of our buildings, and need to make a change."

The district also cited an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the area.

The changes applies to both middle and high school students. They will continue to learn remotely through Jan. 22, 2021.

Elementary students will continue in-person learning for now. The district said it will attempt to give parents a minimum 14-day notice if it decides to make any changes for those students.

"It will be critically important that families continue with the mitigation efforts mentioned above, as we approach this Thanksgiving holiday break, the district said. "Otherwise, community transmission levels could impact our ability to staff elementary schools, and to perform necessary contact tracing to identify potential spread within our buildings."