USD 250, Pittsburg Community Schools is fully committed to working together with our public as we prepare to begin the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year. We have learned a great amount about how to manage issues related to COVID 19 in our district in the first semester. As COVID-19 continues to change the collective landscape, our district will leverage resources continue best practices, and maintain flexibility to provide for the safest environment possible while continuing to deliver the best possible education for all of our students. This policy manual is based on the guidance and recommendations of local health officials, who work within the guidance of state and national health officials and based upon data and evidence gained from local school districts. We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff, and community as we open school buildings and deliver instruction for the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year.
USD 250 understands that health and safety conditions will dictate the model of teaching and learning that will be put into operation for individual students, buildings, or the entire district. These learning models are how we will navigate the 20-21 school year together.
Schools are an essential part of the community and have a significant impact on the health and well-being of other students, staff, and families. Our objective through this pandemic is to optimize education, promote health and safety, and mitigate risk for everyone who is a part of the school community. There are several simple actions that the district will require students, staff, parents, and the community to assist us in like updated immunizations and boosters for students, screening students at home before sending them to school, wearing a mask while in our building and out in the community, taking extra hygiene measures, and a health assessment prior to entering our buildings.
Please see the Operations Policies and Protocols section of the Return to School Plan for more details.
USD 250 is working closely with CHCSEK to be sure our Dragons return to school safely. Here is a FAQ from CHCSEK regarding returning to school during COVID-19. You can also view this PDF for a written FAQ from CHCSEK.
USD 250 is proud to announce that every dragon will have access to a device. We will provide Chromebooks, a student email address, and an email password for each student. Parents/Guardians will need to sign a Technology Agreement and pay a Technology fee to receive a device (Full $30, Reduced Lunch Student $15, Free Lunch Student $5). Tech support will be also be offered to help students and families. You can read more about District issued Chromebooks on our Dragon Chromebook page.
|On-Site Learning||This is model is traditional, face-to-face instruction with enhanced health and safety guidelines in place.|
|Hybrid Model||This model will only be used in the event that local health officers or administrations deem it to be necessary for On-Site Learning Students.|
|Remote Learning||Remote learning is 100% online. Students are taught and assessed on the same standards and competencies as On-Site students.|
|Mitigation/Mitigate||The action of making something less severe or reducing risk|
|Demographic Information||This is the contact information that USD 250 has on record for students and parents of the student. It is crucial that this information is kept updated so the district can effectively communicate with parents.|
|Essential Learning Outcomes (ELO)||A comprehensive set of learning goals that are fostered and developed across a student's entire educational experience. They reflect the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to meet the challenges of an ever-changing and complex world.|
|Competency||Identified behaviors, knowledge, skills, and abilities that are necessary for success.|
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We will continue to update this list of questions as they are submitted. To submit a question to our FAQ please use THIS FORM. For questions specific to your student, please contact your building directly.
Will the time spent in remote learning be similar to last spring?
The quick answer is NO. KSDE will be holding students accountable for the same number of learning minutes as students who attend in a traditional setting. For USD 250 students this is 410 minutes, which is significantly more than what was expected from students last spring. This certainly does not mean that students will be expected to be “online” or in front of a computer screen for the entire 410 minutes, but it does mean that the time expected to complete all work each day will equal the 410 minutes.
Teachers will maintain some synchronous instruction (teacher and students present online at the same time) each day. Students are expected to attend these remote sessions daily just as they would in a traditional, seated format.
How often are students required to communicate with their teachers in the remote learning environment?
Remote learning students will be required to communicate with each teacher every day. This communication can be made by Google Meet, Zoom, Phone, or email.
If students are present during the synchronous instruction time each day with their teacher this will take care of this requirement.
If my child does not like remote learning, when can I make the shift back to a traditional, seated learning environment?
Please keep in mind that we will be assigning teachers to teach these remote learning classes. We must keep class sizes at a manageable level in both our seated and remote learning classes; therefore, there cannot be a lot of back and for between the two learning modes. Students who (re)apply to remote learning at the beginning of semester will be expected to remain in the remote format through the first seven weeks (through March12th). Parents will be given the opportunity to shift their students to the traditional, seated learning format at that time. Any variance from this plan must be approved by the building administrator. Students will only be allowed one move between learning formats during the school year.
Will my child be eligible for extra-curricular activities while learning remotely?
Yes. Students who have selected the Remote Learning Model will be able to participate in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. This applies to activities before and after school not classes during the school day.
My child has an IEP, how will that work with Remote Learning?
We recommend that families reach out to Interlocal directly to discuss their student’s needs and which learning model will work best for their student.