Wichita school district announces next phase of student education

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March 27, 2020 - 6:34 pm
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With Wichita Public Schools beginning a new phase this coming Monday, USD 259 Superintendent Dr. Alicia Thompson provided an update Friday afternoon.

Wichita students were on spring break when Kansas Governor Laura Kelly closed schools due to the coronavirus pandemic.

USD 259 teachers and staff have used this week to prepare how to continue students’ learning opportunities at home.

Phase 1

Starting Monday, March 30, the district will begin Phase 1. It consists of paper packets and online resources. Teachers will not take attendance and will not require students to complete lessons. The packets do not need to be turned back in.

USD 259 will integrate special education and English Language Learner opportunities to support students with wide-ranging needs.

Click here to see packet pickup locations and hours. Packets will be available for families to pick up at all WPS meal distribution sites, Christa McAuliffe, Gordon Parks, Horace Mann, Stucky, and all high schools.

Staff at each Wichita school will reach out by phone or email and make contact with each student next week. The district says that if parents have not been contacted yet, it possibly means the school does not have the correct contact information. Those parents should contact the school to provide contact information.

Parents or students who need help with packets will be able to call a hotline that opens Monday at 11:00 a.m., (316) 973-4443 or email homework@USD259.net.

New packets will be available each week of the next eight weeks.

Phase 2

Phase 2 begins April 6. The packets will be more challenging and have more in them.

The district says the main focus is helping high school seniors, making sure they have enough credits to graduate.

Also in Phase 2, students will see more content from their elective teachers, like music, PE and art.

Grades

USD 259 says all students’ grades will be frozen as of the end of the third quarter. Seniors who want better grades to be able to graduate, for their GPA, or for scholarship opportunities will be given learning options that will allow them to raise their grades.

The district wants middle and high school parents to fill out a technology survey by Wednesday, April 1.

Food

USD 259 says it has handed out 14,000 meals in three days. Beginning Monday, it will be handing out more food.

In each lunch bag, the district will include breakfast for the next day.

The district is also putting menus online. Visit USD259.org/menu.

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