Columbus School District working on teaching plan after school is closed amid COVID-19 outbreak

Columbus schools will start teaching again on April 6th

COLUMBUS, Kan. – Empty classrooms, cafeteria and halls are what you’d find at Park Elementary today. A time when dozens of students would normally be in class.

“This is something we’ve never encountered before,” says Columbus Superintendent Brian Smith.

Teachers are already missing their students, knowing they won’t be able to see them for the rest of the school year.

“I just want to let you know that we all miss you so much. All of us miss you,” a councilor said in a message to students on Facebook.

But right now, they have to figure out how they’re going to teach their students in unconventional ways.

“Right now we’re working hard to figure out what sources and resourced we have to fall back on,” says Smith.

Smith says for 4th through 12th graders, they have a pretty solid tentative plan for online learning.

“We’ve been using Google classroom, all the students have a login. So, we’ll hit the ground running with the virtual part for those grade levels. It’s a little more difficult with the younger ages. We’ll probably do more packet activities with them. And try to maybe do some Zoom activities where the teachers can read to the students and do some phonics and things like that,” says Smith.

The district also has a survey up online so they can determine who has access to the internet. If they don’t…

“We’ve got plans in the works to try to figure out ways to get them connectivity. Get connectivity around our school district, where they can go to locations maybe and access it there,” says Smith.

And in the meantime, teachers are letting parents know about free online learning resources, and handing out learning packets that parents can do with their kids over spring break.

“I’m very confident that we’ll get through this,” says Smith.

We also spoke with Southeast School District. They are going to use the week after spring break to determine their long term plans.

If you want to learn more about the learning resources teachers are recommending, click the link below.