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PCR-3 School Reopening Plan Includes Precautions and Options

PCR-3 School Reopening Plan Includes Precautions and Options

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. Additionally, we are aware that Mayor Lucas announced a recommendation that schools in Kansas City area begin after Labor Day. In conjunction with our Board of Education, PCR-3 will be considering the potential impact of this recommendation, if any, to our School Reopening Plan.
 
 
This plan includes information organized by the following topics:
  • Academic Experience. 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, most indicated they preferred in person instruction, while some wanted a remote option. 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. 
  • 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 that students and staff conduct daily wellness checks. These strategies will continue to evolve as we receive updates provided by our local health authorities.
  • 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.
  • Athletics and Activities. 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
A declaration period will allow families to opt out of in-person learning (if that is the scenario we are in at the start of school) and select remote learning for a complete semester, which will allow the District to adjust accordingly.
 
Families will need to opt-out for first semester in-person learning by July 31, 2020, via the e-Form found on Parent Portal, linked here.
 
The form is now live, and you will need to fill out this form for each of your children. If we do not hear from you by July 31, we will plan for your child to attend school in person. If you need assistance, please contact your child's school or the District office at 816-858-5420.
 
*e-Forms can only be completed by a resident parent.
**Families who are new to the District (including those with incoming kindergartners and PreK students), should be receiving an email with your password. Your username will be your email address.