KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After shutting down in March amid the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, schools in the Kansas City area are planning to reopen for the fall semester and welcome children back into buildings.
But with the virus still prevalent in the Kansas City region, the school experience is going to be vastly different for students, faculty and staff.
On Monday, July 20, the Kansas City Health Department advised Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools to not hold in-person classes because of the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in the area, causing the district to pivot its plans. New plans were announced on July 29.
On July 9, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released guidelines of what the return to school might look like this fall.
Given the cases arising already from summer workouts programs in the Shawnee Mission School District and at colleges and universities, it’s understandable that some parents — especially those with immediate family members who have underlying health issues — may be hesitant to send children back to classrooms until the spread of COVID-19 is better contained.
Toward that end, the Blue Springs School District was the first to announce its plan for the 2020-21 academic year, when it sent an email to parents July 7.
Parents in the Blue Springs district will have the option to send their children back to a classroom or participate in the BSSD Distance Learning Program, a beefed-up online learning experience.
It’s a plan most suburban districts are likely to embrace — including the Independence School District, which announced a similar plan July 8.
The health department in Wyandotte County also has announced guidelines for schools reopening, but there may be small differences between districts in the county.
Below, 41 Action News will round up links to KC-area school district policies* as they are announced:
- Basehor-Linwood School District
- Belton School District
- Blue Springs School District
- Blue Valley School District
- Bonner Springs/Edwardsville USD 204 (will follow county guidance)
- Center School District
- Citizens of the World Charter Schools
- Crossroads Charter Schools
- De Soto USD 232 School District
- Ewing Marion Kauffman School
- Excelsior Springs School District
- Frontier Schools
- Gardner-Edgerton School District
- Genesis School
- Gordon Parks Elementary
- Grain Valley R-V School District
- Grandview School District
- Guadalupe Centers School
- Harrisonville Schools
- Hickman Mills C-1 School District
- Independence School District
- Kansas City International Academy
- Kansas City Public Schools
- Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools
- Kearney School District
- Kipp Endeavor Academy
- Lawrence Public Schools
- Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy
- Lee's Summit R-7 School District
- Leavenworth USD 453 School District
- Liberty Public Schools
- Lone Jack C-6 School District
- Louisburg USD 416 School District
- North Kansas City Schools
- Olathe Public Schools
- Paola USD 368 School District
- Park Hill School District
- Platte County R-3 Schools
- Raymore-Peculiar School District
- Raytown C-2 School District
- Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School
- Shawnee Mission School District (draft plans)
- Sherwood Cass R-VIII School District
- Smithville School District
- Spring Hill USD 230 School District
- Turner USD 202 School District (will follow county guidance)
- University Academy
- Wyandotte County school districts (addendum)
Area College and Universities:
- Avila University
- Baker University
- Donnelly College
- Johnson County Community College
- Kansas City, Kansas, Community College
- Kansas State University
- Kansas City Art Institute
- Metropolitan Community College
- MidAmerica Nazarene University
- Missouri State University
- Park University
- Rockhurst University
- University of Kansas
- University of Missouri, Columbia
- University of Missouri, Kansas City
- University of Saint Mary
- William Jewell College
* Are you a school district that's released plans but don't see them here? Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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