Pittsburg Community Schools announce delayed school start, Return to School Plan

Pittsburg Community Schools USD 250
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PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg Community Schools USD 250 announce they’ll be delaying the start of school.

The district announced today that the Board of Education voted 7-0 yesterday to delay the start of school until August 26th. Officials say that delay is to allow an extra week of preparations and professional development for the staff.

The board also voted 7-0 to approve the Return to School Plan. The plan includes an on-site learning model as well as a remote learning model and a hybrid model.

The on-site learning model will be traditional, face-to-face instruction with enhanced health and safety guidelines in place. For transportation, there will be disinfecting procedures and masks will be required for all students riding the bus, as well as bus drivers and monitors. For instruction, technology devices will be provided. For the buildings themselves, there will be multiple levels of disinfecting procedures and PPE for staff will be provided, as well as additional sanitation materials in each classroom.

The remote learning model would be all online while the hybrid model will only be used if the Local Health Officer or administrators feel it’s needed, for students or families placed in quarantine due to COVID. Parents or guardians must apply for the Remote Learning Model by August 7th. Officials say students doing remote learning will be taught and assessed on the same standards and competencies as on-site students. Students must maintain a daily log of activities signed by the student and parents and submitted to the district, with a minimum of 410 minutes per day for instruction. Students will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular or co-curricular activities unless they can do so fully in a virtual setting.

The Hybrid model will only be used if the Local Health Officer or administrators deem it necessary, for students or families placed in quarantine due to COVID. Students may return to the on-site model after being released from quarantine.

We’ll be speaking with the superintendent, Mr. Richard Proffitt and will have more information tonight on KOAM News.

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