Continuous Learning

Our SMSD librarians, in collaboration with the Johnson County library, have made resources available to SMSD families for summer reading for elementary students.

Summer Resources

Shawnee Mission librarians have created a webpage featuring books and resources that promote and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion for elementary and high school students.

Elementary Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

Secondary Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

Opportunity to Engage in Continuous Learning

Shawnee Mission School District Strategic Plan Objectives

  • Every student will achieve academic success through a challenging, relevant personalized learning plan.
  • Every student will develop and utilize personal resilience while mastering essential competencies that lead to college and career readiness.
  • Every student will develop interpersonal skills to be an engaged, empathetic member of the local and global community. Introduction

The Shawnee Mission School District plan for continuous learning and engagement is intended to provide guidance for continuity of learning during an extended school closure. It is not meant to fundamentally change or replace face-to-face learning experiences (school), long-term. This plan is to be implemented during a window of time in response to extreme circumstances. We will not require that students participate in continuous learning; instead, the district offers students opportunities for engagement and we strongly encourage them to participate. There are some unique opportunities.

  • This is an opportunity to focus on priority standards.
  • This is an opportunity to continue our focus on the district’s three objectives in the strategic plan.
  • This is an opportunity for learning to be based on student needs in which students self-guide based on feedback.

While these guidelines are a framework, parents should expect much more specific information from the school(s) and teacher(s) that directly serve our students. Shawnee Mission is very fortunate to have amazing building level teams of administrators and teachers that are working diligently behind the scenes to ensure an opportunity to continue learning.

SMSD will continue to follow the approved calendar for the remainder of the school year. You can find copies here: English and Spanish

Continuous Learning Guidelines Designing learning experiences will be different at grade levels and content areas. Therefore, the following serves as guidelines for continuous learning and engagement times. Please keep in mind that students will not be required to participate, but they are encouraged to engage with learning material. Teachers will be available to contact by email during normal school hours.

Pre-K – Kindergarten

Grades 1-2

Grades 3-6

Grades 7-12

Pre-K - 20 min. per content area (early literacy and numeracy) per day and intentional time for play.

Kindergarten- All content areas total no more than one hour per day.

All content areas total no more than 2 hours per day, about 20 minutes per content area (literacy, math, science, and social studies).

All content areas total no more than 2.5 hours per day, about 25 minutes per content area (literacy, math, science, and social studies).

All content areas total no more than 3.5 hours per day, about 30 minutes per class period.