Joplin School District sends out survey for upcoming school year

Survey was sent to those participating in summer school
Joplin High School

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin School District is asking parents, teachers, and students participating in summer school for their thoughts about the beset ways to return kids to the classroom in the fall safely. The survey is aimed at helping the district determine what kind of return to the classroom would be most beneficial.

Joplin School District officials say they’ve received 800 responses from the survey that they sent to parents, teachers, and students like Owen Horton. “I’m not really that worried, I’m a people person, so being around a lot of people just like, it doesn’t really scare me that much.”

Owen Horton will be a 7th grader this fall at North Middle School. He says he’s just ready to get back, no matter what the district decides. “I don’t really care as long as I get back to school, I just want to see people.”

His sister will be a 6th grader at North, and she feels the district is already prepared. Ava Horton says “I don’t think it’s necessary, I feel like, we’ll be safe, if we just have hand sanitizer maybe, which we already do, I think we’ll be fine.”

Becki Arnall is a mom of a student going into 1st grade at Kelsey Norman. Her concern, is staffing. “If the same staff is working with the class, regardless of what day they meet with them, then, that person who has been in contact with them is then in contact with every other child, even if it’s at a different time, so if the staff went with those students, it would be more tightly confined.”

Superintendent Dr. Melinda Moss says it’s a continuous learning process. “Well, I think the district’s learned a lot even from this spring, and this spring was not to the level of accountability and rigor that we would need to have if we pivot to virtual this fall.”

Although there’s no final plan in place, Dr. Moss says there are some certainties already. “And so, do we need PPE in the hallways, especially at the secondary level when those students are passing from class to class, assigned seats is another thing that we’re going to see a lot of this fall so that we always know who did that student sit next to, who was that teacher next to when we couldn’t provide the optimum social distancing.”

Again, that survey was sent only to those involved in summer school. The survey will be open through this weekend.