In-Person Learning 2020-2021
What will In-Person School look like?
In-person learning will take place at school in a traditional classroom environment. Students in grades K-5 will attend school five days per week. Students in grades 6-12 will follow an alternative schedule, which will allow for fewer students in the high school and middle schools each day. The reason for this will be to allow for physical distancing to a greater extent.
To reduce the risk of virus transmission, we are implementing many health, safety, and hygiene protocols. General safety measures include instruction about infection prevention, frequent handwashing, and daily wellness checks. Hand sanitizer also will be available and encouraged. Social distancing will be practiced as much as possible. Large gatherings, such as assemblies, will not be scheduled. Visitors to the school and classroom will not be permitted. School bus transportation will be available for those who need it.
For information about Potential Adjustment Plans, scroll down.
Alternative schedule - A/B Days for grades 6-12
Due to the number of students who selected in-person classes, the District is implementing an alternative schedule for in-person classes for grades 6-12. This alternative schedule allows for fewer students in the high school and middle schools each day. Smaller class sizes allow for the opportunity for greater physical distance and smaller cohort groups.
Students in grades 6-12 are divided into two groups: A and B.
- Group A - In-person classes on Monday and Wednesday; virtual classes on Tuesday and Thursday.
- Group B - In-person classes on Tuesday and Thursday; virtual classes on Monday and Wednesday.
- All students - Virtual classes on Fridays.
To divide students into even groups, while allowing blended families to attend in-person classes on the same days, the Tyler Student Information System (SIS) family group number was used to determine whether a student is in group A or B. This is different from a student’s individual identification number.
Even family group numbers are assigned to group A, while odd family group numbers are assigned to group B.
Please note: This plan only affects students in grades 6-12. Students in elementary school continue with a full 5-day in-person experience.
Other potential adjustment plans
Note: These plans are not necessarily sequential. Any of these adjustments may be implemented at any time as conditions warrant.
- In the event of isolated positive cases of the virus, and as directed by the Cass County Health Department, there may be periodic classroom or school closures with a transition to short-term distance learning for those groups of students.
- Continue providing elementary students with a full 5-day in-person experience by spreading out using space at the elementary and middle schools. In this scenario, the District would transition grades 6-12 to a full virtual environment with opportunities for small group intervention instruction at the high school for our middle and high school students. (This option does not impact students K-12 who had already selected the VIPR option.)
- Full virtual instruction model for all students.
MSHSAA Guidance and Recommendations for opening sports and activities
On July 15, 2020, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) and the MSHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) issued these Guidelines and Recommendations for Opening Sports/Activities.