Fall 2020-2021 Reopening FAQ

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) will be updated as information becomes available. If you do not yet find your question answered here, we encourage you to contact your child(ren)’s school or contact askthedistrict@smsd.org.  

Learning Models
Q: What are the Learning Models? 
In-Person Learning: This will be based on COVID-19 conditions in Johnson County, and our ability to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Students are assigned to their home school based on their address or approved transfer school. Students may receive instruction through an In-Person Learning, Hybrid Learning, or Remote Learning model
 
Remote Learning (Full-time Online): Elementary students will be assigned to a Remote Learning Shawnee Mission School District teacher and will remain in that class for the 2020-21 school year. Middle and high school students will be assigned to a Remote Learning Shawnee Mission School District teacher and will remain in that class for the semester. Enrollment at the home school will remain intact. Elementary students will not attend class in person anytime throughout the school year. Middle and high school students will not attend in person anytime throughout the semester. 

You can watch videos about the Learning Models here: 
In English: https://youtu.be/tj-32_jsffg
En Español: https://youtu.be/VYbf4d3pbxY

Q: How long will our student(s) be enrolled in the Learning Model we choose? 
Families with elementary students are asked to select a Learning Model for their child(ren) for the 2020-21 school year. Families with middle and high school students will be able to select a new Learning Model for the Spring semester sometime this fall. 

Q: We are new to the district. How do we find out how where our student will attend? How do we select a learning model? 
Families new to the district are encouraged to enter their address into School Finder. School Finder will identify your child(ren)’s home school and provide contact information so you can begin the enrollment process. School staff will assist in determining the learning model selection. 

Q: How many minutes will students log for learning each day? In the Shawnee Mission School District, students will be required to log 390 minutes of daily learning activity. The 390 minutes are logged for the time students are engaged in school work. 

Q: Will 390 minutes of instruction time be required for students of all ages? (Even Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten?) 
We will log 360 minutes for Kindergarten students, and 165 minutes for Pre-Kindergarten.

Q: Why is Shawnee Mission requiring 390 minutes of daily learning activity? 
This is a requirement through the Kansas State Department of Education, in order to meet requirements for minutes of instruction.

Q: Is the learning log done daily or weekly? 
Students will maintain a daily learning log documenting 390 minutes of daily learning activity. We are still working on the specifics of how this will be done.

Q: Do the choices of in-person or remote learning apply to Pre-K students as well? 
Yes

Q: Where does Shawnee Mission fall under Gating Criteria for the opening of school on September 8?
On August 18, 2020 the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) released the gating zone the county will be in for the start of school on September 8, 2020. The gating zone will be RED. According to county health director Sanmi Areola, “The spread of the virus is still increasing in Johnson County. Unfortunately, we have not met the threshold in the school gating criteria for a safe return to in-person learning, even for a hybrid model.”

While in-person learning for elementary students is allowed, Shawnee Mission School District is taking this cautionary note to heart.

As a result, using the criteria previously established, Shawnee Mission School District is beginning the school year with all students learning remotely. This decision is in line with guidance from JCDHE, and is being made to do everything possible to keep students, staff, and their families safe and healthy.

Q: Are all courses available in the remote learning model for middle and high school students?
There are some classes that are only available in the In-Person learning model because of the required equipment, hardware or software, or in-person participation and collaboration requirements. A list of middle and high school classes not available in the remote learning model may be viewed here.  While these classes are not available remotely, counselors and administrators will work with students to find other options that will help satisfy their personalized learning plans. 

Q:  How will students enrolled in CAA/CTC work in both models? Will students still be bussed from all the schools?
Yes, all in-person students enrolled in CAA and CTC courses will continue to participate in the programs at the CAA and the CTC; bus services will be provided.  

Additionally, if these courses are not offered in the remote learning program, then remote students will be allowed to participate on-site for these courses; however, these students will be responsible for their own transportation.

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