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KCPS Superintendent: District hopes to bring students back to classrooms in March

Posted at 8:29 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 21:29:30-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Challenges remain as Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools works to get students back in classrooms.

Superintendent Mark Bedell told school board members Wednesday night the plan is still to reopen schools in March.

Teachers would be back in school buildings on March 1, with some students returning March 15.

No final decision has been made on how many students or which grade levels would return at that time.

Bedell said he was concerned about being able to meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for social distancing.

For that reason, Bedell said, secondary schools would likely return on a hybrid model.

Vaccines remain hard to get, which is another concern for district administrators.

Board members had several questions about how schools will implement and follow social distancing plans.

The district is surveying parents about their concerns with returning to school.

Bedell also told the board that none of the 152 student-athletes who participated in winter sports have tested positive for COVID-19.