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KCUSD Announces Safe Return to School Plan

TK and Kindergarten

In order to allow for the safe distancing of students and staff, students enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten will attend an assigned morning or afternoon class daily.  For our youngest students, the continuity of attending school every day is of paramount importance.  During TK and Kindergarten, students learn the expectations of school and begin setting the foundational elements for their education. 

Grades 1 and 2 

Students in 1st and 2nd grades will attend school every day on a traditional full-day schedule.  Attending daily allows these students to participate in developmental reading lessons that are foundational to their overall academic experience.  In order to allow for safe distancing, additional 1st and 2nd grade classrooms will be created utilizing all available facilities.  The hiring of additional teachers invests in our students and ensures they receive the instruction they need to be reading by the 3rd grade, the single greatest indicator of future success in school.   

Special Day Class

Students who are in Special Day Class (SDC) per their Individual Educational Plan (IEP) will attend school every day.  Enrollment in these programs will allow for safe distancing of students and staff.  This will allow students in SDC to receive consistent instruction towards meeting their IEP goals.  

Grades 3 – 5**

To adhere to social distancing guidelines, students in grades 3 – 5 will attend school on a modified schedule. Students will be assigned to a team.  Students on Team Monday/Thursday will attend school on Mondays and Thursdays and every other Wednesday.  Students on Team Tuesday/Friday will attend school on Tuesdays and Fridays, and every other Wednesday.   Wednesdays will continue to be early release days to maintain time for collaboration and staff development.  This will be vital for teachers who will be creating lessons for our current learning model.  To support working parents, supervision for students in grades 3 - 5 will be scheduled as needed on the days students do not attend class.  

Grades 6 – 12**

In an effort to observe social distancing guidelines, students in grades 6 – 12 will attend school on a modified schedule.  Students will be assigned to a team. Students on Team Monday/Thursday will attend school on Mondays and Thursdays and every other Wednesday.  Students on Team Tuesday/Friday will attend school on Tuesdays and Fridays, and every other Wednesday.  Wednesdays will continue to be early release days to maintain time for collaboration and staff development.  This will be vital for teachers who will be creating lessons for our current learning model.

Distance Education  

Understanding that families may desire an alternative to returning to the classroom, parents with students in grades 1 - 8 may apply for distance education.  At the high school level, students will have the option to attend Dunlap Leadership Academy (online charter high school) or Mountain View School (Independent Study) if they meet the criteria for those programs.  Additional information regarding this option can be obtained at your school site after July 16. 

*This plan subject to change. 

 

**KCUSD will make every effort to assign families to the same team.

 

Dunlap Elementary:  The above plan applies to all KCUSD schools except Dunlap Elementary.  Due to existing small class sizes, the facilities to house additional personnel, and the ability to provide social distancing for all grades, we plan to have Dunlap students attend school on a traditional schedule, Monday through Friday.