In order to allow for the safe distancing of students and staff, minimizing class size and establishing consistent groupings, 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, minimizing class size and establishing consistent groupings, additional 1st and 2nd grade classrooms have been 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 Individualized Education Program (IEP) will attend school every day. The small number of students in these programs will allow for safe distancing of students and staff and will ensure consistent groupings. This will allow students in SDC to receive consistent instruction towards meeting their IEP goals.
Grades 3 – 8**
In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, minimizing class size and establishing consistent groupings, students in grades 3 – 8 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 assigned Wednesdays. Students on Team Tuesday/Friday will attend school on Tuesdays and Fridays, and assigned Wednesdays. 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.
Understanding that families may desire an alternative to returning to the classroom, parents with students in grades TK - 8 may apply for Distance Education.
**KCUSD will make every effort to assign families to the same team.
The above plan applies to all eligible KCUSD schools except Dunlap School. Due to the ability to limit class sizes and having available facilities to house additional personnel allows Dunlap School to allow for appropriate social distancing for all grades. Because of these unique factors, Dunlap students in grades TK-6 will attend school on a traditional schedule, Monday through Friday.
In order to reduce the number of potential contacts between students and require students to adhere to health and safety protocols, times will be staggered when students and staff are moving outside their classrooms/work areas. Students will be required to stay six feet apart when transitioning from one space to another.