Four States Forward with Pittsburg School District

Dowe Quick speaks with Superintendent of the Pittsburg School District, Richard Proffitt, about the upcoming semester. As part of the Facebook live event, viewers were able to submit questions for the interview.

As families prepare for the coming school year during this time of uncertainty, KOAM will be speaking with several area educators this week. You can participate by asking questions during the Facebook Live events, through our online form or by emailing backtoschool@koamtv.com.

Outline of Pittsburg School District Q&A (Time stamp):

  • Dealing with Illness
    • Testing, temperature checks (1:40)
    • Staff training on symptoms (3:10)
      • Identifying illness (4:00)
        • Parent-school partnership
    • Protocols for positive tests (5:35)
    • Quarantine period (7:20)
      • compensation for teachers who are sick
    • Non-teaching staff (9:15)
    • Substitutes (10:05)
    • School updates on district’s website (13:25)
    • Contact tracing (14:00)
      • contacting parents (14:30)
    • Kids get sick a lot. Will they be constantly sent home? (16:00)
    • If a vaccine becomes available, will it be required? (17:27)
    • Under what circumstances would schools close? (18:10)
    • Will COVID-19 numbers in the community impact the school district’s decisions? (20:17)
  • Classroom Learning (20:10)
    • What will a day look like compared to in years past for students?
    • Traffic flow in schools (22:25)
      • social distancing
    • Band (23:40)
    • Will parents be able to walk kids in on day 1 of school? (24:15)
    • Physical barriers (25:36)
      • masks
      • social distancing
    • Are you changing air flow in rooms? Are you showing proper wear of masks? (27:15)
    • Extra sanitation/custodial staff (28:25)
    • Water fountains, bottle filling stations (30:15)
    • Student with special needs (31:35)
    • Technical training classes that have field work for high school students (33:00)
    • Classes with hands-on learning (34:00)
  • Remote/Virtual Learning (34:50)
    • Options
    • What if a situation changes for someone? (38:16)
    • Teacher interaction for virtual students (39:55)
    • Virtual testing (44:15)
    • Lunches for remote students (45:20)
      • includes explanation for in-class student lunches
    • Counseling (47:40)
    • Support for Spanish speaking students who are learning remotely (49:05)
  • Outside the classroom
    • Extra-curricular and co-curricular activities (49:55)
    • Athletics (50:45)
      • crowd sizes
    • What the school district is asking of guests (51:25)
    • Drama/Theatre (52)05)
  • What should I consider before deciding to substitute teach? (52:35)
  • How will accounting of COVID-19 funds be made public? (53:25)
  • Final notes from Superintendent (54:40)

Learn more about the KOAM Facebook live series this week and how you can submit your questions: KOAM Facebook Live: Submit your Back to School questions here

Tomorrow’s Facebook Live: Pittsburg State University- Thursday, August 13th 6:30 pm