Summer School Going Virtual

Summer School Going Virtual
Posted on 07/22/2020

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UA Summer School Parents/Guardians,

On Tuesday, July 21, Mayor Quinton Lucas announced that the City is recommending KCMO schools delay the opening of schools until September 8th.    It is a recommendation, not a mandate, but is based on the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the community.

We have made the difficult decision to end Summer School at the conclusion of Friday’s school day.   We will continue to have summer school, as scheduled on Thursday and Friday.

We promised all students who completed summer school, either on-campus or virtually, would be given a computer to keep for personal use.    All on-campus students will be allowed to switch into virtual school activities for the last two weeks of summer school, ending August 7.

We will be showing students how to login and navigate Schoology, our online learning system, during Thursday and Friday’s classes.  We will be sending devices home with students on Friday.   For parents that pick their children up from school, you will see your children come out to meet you with devices in hand.   For bus riders, those students will also be carrying their devices as they leave.  Once we give out those devices, they are yours to keep.    However, we strongly encourage all children to complete the reasonable workload of virtual school, not only for academic development, but to also help the school with attendance revenue.   We bought these computers with the assumption all summer kids would complete the courses, and that’s how we paid for it.

We have not made a decision about when we will start our 2020-21 school year, or the method of instruction since the Mayor made his statement.   We will be contemplating various options and will make a statement shortly.

We hope this plan will give you enough time to make alternative arrangements for the next two weeks. 

Finally, I want to give us all a pat on the back.  Teachers, students, parents, staff members, bus drivers, and school nurses all did an amazing job.  The children had a fun and productive week here at UA.   We enjoyed seeing them and visiting with them.   We felt confident in our plan coming into the week and everyone did outstanding by following protocols.   We hope this week gives other districts some hope and guidance so that we can continue to TRY and  conduct on-campus learning, when safe, this fall.

 

Tony Kline, Superintendent   

Rebecca Gudde, Assistant Superintendent    

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