School Reopening Plan

As we prepared for a successful opening of the 2020-21 school year and continue to navigate this difficult time, the Platte County R-3 School District is doing its best to address the needs of all of our families, while keeping our students and staff safe and healthy. Teams and individuals that make up our District, including staff, parents, students, Board of Education, District leadership, and local health authorities have weighed in on our School Reopening Plan. It is important to note that circumstances can and likely will change. Consequently, this plan is fluid and will change and adapt to respond to new information as it becomes available. Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.

This plan includes information organized by the following topics:

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Academic Experience

This section describes various academic scenarios from full in-person learning, to alternating schedules, to full remote learning. The scenario we started in for the 2020-21 school year was based on guidance from local health authorities, among other factors. When the 2020-21 school year started on September 8, our in-person students began in a hybrid situation, with PreK through 5th grade and Northland Career Center students attending in person daily, and 6th through 12th grades attending in person on an alternating schedule. An alternating schedule at the secondary level (decreasing the building occupancy by about 50%), allows for increased ability for physical distancing during transitions and reduces student capacity in our largest schools.  When we surveyed our parents in June and July, most indicated they preferred in-person learning. While we continue to plan for a return to full in-person instruction and offer a remote option, parents and students should prepare for any of the scenarios to be our reality, depending on changing circumstances.  

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Health and Safety

This section shares details on our mitigation strategies, plans to address the physical and mental health of our students and staff, and much more. We are taking every precaution we can to keep our staff and students safe during this pandemic and ask students and staff to conduct a daily wellness check. These strategies will continue to evolve as we receive updates provided by our local health authorities.

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School Routines

From arrival to dismissal and everything in between (class transitions, student meals, recess, etc.) the daily in-school experience will need to look different than before. This section will outline new protocols for the daily school environment. Specific details will vary depending on the building layouts, grade levels, and schedules.

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Athletics and Activities

We will need to implement health, safety, and facility protocols to keep our students, staff, and fans safe during practices, competition, performances, and events. From cleaning equipment to safety precautions associated with safe hydration, to transporting students to and from contests, you will find necessary guidance to safely navigate this important part of our student experience.

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Building Use and Visitors

This section describes safety precautions and restrictions for outside groups and visitors to ensure a safe environment for our students and staff.

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Staff Reopening Information

This section describes our plans for working with our staff members through this pandemic. Information regarding staff absences and associated responsibilities, along with requests for workplace accommodations are outlined in this section to ensure we have a consistent approach to a variety of staff needs.

All plans are subject to change based on guidance from health officials and/or governmental mandates.


Background Information and Resources Contributing to the Plan

The Platte County R-3 School District School Reopening Plan was created by the PCR-3 Recovery & Reopening Task Force using a number of resources, guidance from local health officials, and input from our families and staff.