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Friday, September 11, 2020
Elementary Reopening Update

On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, families received correspondence about changes in the elementary schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. Here is some additional information to help explain why this decision was made and address concerns. 

Please view the following links: 
A short video with additional information
Frequently Asked Questions

The deadline for the learning model selection is 4 p.m. on Monday, September 14. for certainty of classroom placement for the entire year, please make your selection now

For more details on the semester selection, please review the video and the frequently asked questions page. 

If you have already completed the form and this information in any way changes your selection, simply resubmit your selection.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Special Board Meeting Recap

Athletic and Activities Update: Richard Kramer, director of athletics and activities, shared guidance and protocols for the Shawnee Mission School District that outline precautions to minimize risk. He noted to the Board that students and coaches practiced and followed these protocols in the summer, during the time Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) guidelines allowed for participation. The time to practice and implement COVID-19 mitigating measures earlier this year, he said, will allow participants to resume participation and effectively implement mitigation measures. 

Dr. Areola, JCDHE director, also stated that JCDHE would be updating gating criteria soon. In light of this guidance, Board of Education members authorized Dr. Fulton to immediately resume extracurricular activities and athletics in a manner consistent with guidelines issued by JCDHE, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas State High School Activities Association, the Sunflower League, and school administration designated to address COVID-19. The Board of Education approved the authorization, following a 5-2 vote. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Elementary Reopening Update

The first step in moving from remote to in-person learning (for families who have selected the in-person model) is to implement the hybrid model (two days in-person and three days remote). Starting in-person instruction using the hybrid learning model allows students and staff the opportunity to develop the habits necessary for eventually having all students in class. Taking a deliberate approach towards moving from remote to the hybrid model will promote the health and well-being of students, staff, and the community, while at the same time providing families with a more predictable schedule. 

Once we transition to hybrid, we will remain in hybrid or in-person for the remainder of the school year unless otherwise directed by the JCHDE. Our goal is to have those students who chose in-person learning in school full-time as soon as possible. When we begin the transition to all in-person, we will start with our youngest learners and move up in grade levels. This timeline is contingent on meeting JCDHE guidelines for classroom instruction, including use of masks and meeting minimum distancing requirements.

Sept 14-18:                    Remote all students Pre-K-6
Sept 21-25                     Remote all students Pre-K-6
Sept 28-Oct 2               Remote all students Pre-K-6
(New Schedules begin)
Oct. 5-9                         Hybrid for in-person students Pre-K-2
Oct. 12-16                      Hybrid for in-person students Pre-K-6
Oct 19-23                      Transition to all in-person begins 

The hybrid schedule will be utilized when necessary and parents can plan for the days their student would be in session on-site and remotely.

  • A-LamB schedule for on-site M-T and remote learning W-Th-F 
  • LamC-Z for on-site W-Th and remote learning M-T-F

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Update from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE)
Dr. Samni Areola, JCDHE health director, provided an update of his meeting with school superintendents earlier today. You may read the update here.

Friday, September 4, 2020
SMSD to Provide Free Meals to SMSD Students

The food service department is pleased to announce that we will be offering FREE meals to all SMSD students regardless if they are learning remote, hybrid or in person. This includes breakfast and lunch meals. Meals that were picked up on Friday 9/4/20 will not be charged to the student’s account. 

Meals are funded entirely by USDA as part of their Summer Meals Program extension. These free meals will continue as long as federal funding is available and could end prior to 12/31/20. We encourage families to continue to apply for free and reduced meals in the event the funding is no longer available by clicking here. Qualifying may allow for other support through the district so it is important to continue to apply for free and reduced meals.

  • Meals will be available for pick up at all 47 SMSD schools.
  • Pick up on Fridays from 7:00-9:00 a.m.
  • No advance ordering is needed. (The online digital ordering system has been disabled.)
  • Available only for students enrolled in SMSD.
  • May pick up meals for all of your students at your most convenient location.
  • At pick up, the student(s) SMSD ID number(s) will need to be presented. Please have this ready in advance.  (Student ID may be found in Skyward.)
  • Pick up will be just inside the doors of school. Pease wear a mask and follow social distancing.

During remote learning each week’s pick up will include 7 breakfast and 7 lunches for each student.

Menus are available on the district web page by clicking here and are subject to change due to availability. All entrées and sides need to be taken home and refrigerated or frozen until ready to heat or consume.

Each breakfast meal includes these components:  fruit, grain, and milk
Each lunch meal includes these components:  protein, fruit/vegetable, grain, and milk

When the district is able to move to the hybrid model, the students will receive their in-person meals at no cost during the two days they are in school. Meals may be picked up on Friday for the other 5 days of the week. Any extra ala carte purchases the students make while in-person learning will require money to be on their food service account.

Meals are prepared by District Food Services staff and distributed following food safety and sanitary practices.

Please contact the Food Service office with questions at (913)993-9710 or

The school breakfast & lunch menus, digital pre-order information and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website at

Wednesday September 2, 2020
SMSD Live and Testing

At the SMSD live event the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment shared good news that the county is working to expand testing of COVID 19 for preK-12 schools. That was followed up with news later in the week that the state of Kansas is pursuing increased testing for schools. The advent of testing holds promise to provide the county and school districts with timely data on the status on COVID-19 in schools, allowing us a much better understanding of steps we need to take to reduce the risk of spread. This includes informing the mode of instruction we should use (remote, hybrid, all in-person) in order to reduce the risk of spread among students and staff.

Monday, August 31, 2020
First Day of School Information

The first day of school for students in grades 1-6, 7, 9, and 12 is on Tuesday, September 8. This is an early dismissal day for students in grades 1-6. Pre-Kindergarteners and Kindergarteners will have conferences on September 8 and 9.

Students in Grades 8, 10, and 11 will begin school on Wednesday, September 9.

The first day of school for Pre-Kindergartners and Kindergartners will be on Thursday, September 10.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Opening with the Remote Learning Model

This afternoon, 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.

While starting remotely is in the best interest of students and staff, the intent is that, as county data improve, Shawnee Mission School District can transition to the hybrid model, where students attend school in-person twice a week. Beginning a future transition to in-person learning using the hybrid model gives students and staff the best opportunity to learn how to manage learning in a safe manner. The ultimate goal is to eventually transition to full in-person learning for all students, as county health conditions allow. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Message from Superintendent Fulton

Dr Fulton sent a message to all staff and families that included the following information:

●      Action Needed: Time to Make a Learning Model Selection

●      A Science-Based, Safety-First Approach

●      2020-21 District Calendar Adjusted

See Dr. Fulton's update here. You may review the Learning Models here.

Wednesday, July 22,2020
First Days of School Update
Superintendent Mike Fulton shared that Shawnee Mission School District students will return to school after Labor Day. District leaders are in the process of determining what the first days of school will be for students, along with changes to staff return dates. Proposed calendar changes will be brought to the Board of Education to consider during their regular meeting on Monday, July 27, 2020.  

Friday, July 17, 2020
Pick and Go Meals Extend into August

The free food service pick up and go meals will continue to be available through August 21, 2020. 

Pick up and go meals are available on Monday and Wednesdays from 10:30AM – 11:30AM at 

  1. Comanche Elementary, 8200 Grant St., Overland Park
  2. Rosehill Elementary, 9801 Rosehill, Lenexa
  3. Shawanoe Elementary, 11230 W. 75th St., Shawnee
  4. Hocker Grove Middle School, 10400 Johnson Dr., Shawnee

These meals are free for any child ages 1-18 years of age and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Children must be present for pick up. Contact Food Services if special circumstances prevent child being present. Meals distributed on Mondays will include 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. Meals distributed on Wednesdays will include 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches. Menus are posted on the district web page but are subject to change due to product availability. Additional information and menus are available at:

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Virtual Graduation Ceremonies to be Broadcast, In-Person Ceremonies Canceled 
In place of each live ceremony, Shawnee Mission will broadcast virtual graduation ceremonies on the following dates and times:

East               July 14th, 8 p.m.
South            July 14th, 8 p.m.          
North            July 15th, 8 p.m. 
West             July 15th, 8 p.m.          
Northwest   July 16th, 8 p.m.
Arrowhead  July 16th, 6 p.m.
Horizons      July 16th, 8 p.m.

Links to the broadcast will be available on the district website the day of the scheduled graduation. In addition, graduates receive information directly from principals about links to download the graduation, so they and their family members and friends can all celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2020.