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What the “New Normal” could look like in 259

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We don’t have anything confirmed yet, in regards to how our schools will look in the fall, but we felt it could be useful to see how other areas across the nation and the world are planning to reopen. 

The only information we’ve received at the state level is that KSDE will be delivering guidance on July 10th. 

We have two teachers representing certified staff on 259’s Core Task Force advocating for a number of provisions as outlined in the AFT Guidelines.

When it comes to predicting what school will look like, there are definitely more questions than answers, but there appears to be three potential reopening plans: Full Reopening, Staggered Reopening, Blended Reopening. Each of which come with their own potential benefits and problems.

Full-Reopening

This plan might seem like it would be the closest to what we might call “normal”, but in reality, it would likely come with a plethora of protocols that would drastically impact our normal workday. 

Staggered Reopening:

Some countries have experimented with opening only certain schools or grade levels in order to provide the quickest route to in-person education amidst continued spread of Covid-19. This option may be useful if we are still facing a surge in cases in late July or early August.

Blended Learning Reopening

If implemented, this reopening plan has the most potential to have a lasting impact long after Covid-19. Depending on who you ask, this is either the next evolution in education or the beginning of the end for public education. While we can’t say how this will impact education in the long run, it will certainly be a huge factor in our lives for now.

Once again, these are just possibilities. We will continue to advocate for teacher and student safety using guidelines from health officials and our parent organizations (AFT and NEA). We will keep you informed of progress made with the district’s core task force. And as always, we are here if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

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