School Reopening Plan
Last Update: August 3, 2020The first day of school for Platte County R-3 School District students will now be Tuesday, September 8.This change comes in response to recommendations from our local health authorities (Platte County Health Department, Clay County Health Department, and Kansas City Health Department), based on recent increases in COVID-19 in our area. This change also allows our staff to better prepare for the change in school environment (both for in-person learning and remote learning), by participating in training and professional development for two full weeks before the start of school.When the 2020-21 school year starts on September 8, our in-person students will start the year 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. Additional details on the alternating schedule for 6-12 grade students will be shared soon. This change does not affect those students who have opted for a full remote learning scenario.
As we prepare for a successful opening of the 2020-21 school year, 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.
After you have reviewed our School Reopening Plan, we are asking that all families provide a declaration of your choice of learning scenario for the 2020-21 1st semester by August 10 via the e-Form found on Parent Portal, linked here. The declaration asks some additional questions regarding transportation and meal services that will assist us with our plans.
This plan includes information organized by the following topics:
This section describes various academic scenarios from full in-person learning, to alternating schedules, to full remote learning. The scenario we will start in for the 2020-21 school year will be based on guidance from local health authorities, among other factors. When we surveyed our parents in June and July, most indicated they preferred in-person learning. While we are currently planning to return to in-person instruction and offer a remote option, parents and students should prepare for any of the scenarios to be our reality when schools open, or any time after, depending on changing circumstances. A declaration period will allow families to opt out of in-person learning (in-person scenarios include both full in-person or alternating schedule) and select remote learning for a complete semester, which will allow the District to prepare accordingly. Parents and students should prepare for any of the scenarios to be our reality when schools open or any time after depending on changing circumstances. Families will need to opt-out for 1st semester in-person learning by August 10, 2020 via the e-Form found on Parent Portal. If we do not hear from you by August 10, we will plan for your child to attend school in person.
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.
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.
We will need to implement health and 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.
This section describes safety precautions and restrictions for outside groups and visitors to ensure a safe environment for our students and staff.
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.