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Schools roll out (tentative) re-start plan
Aug. 20 is first day of school; online enrollment starts Wednesday
Thexton restart manual
Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Khris Thexton shows the 1,100-page book of guidelines from the Kansas State Department of Education for restarting school in August.

Online enrollment for students returning to Great Bend USD 428 will start Wednesday. Parents will have the choice of on-site or remote learning. The school board met Monday and saw a draft of the 2020-2021 Restart Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Official approval of a plan is expected later this month.

“What is clear, is that our parents want options,” a board document going to parents this week states. “We are offering two learning models for the 2020-2021 school year.”

● On-Site Learning: A return to school with a structure as “normal as possible” beginning August 20, with additional health-safety precautions at the building. In this option, students/staff may be required to move into a “hybrid model” in the case of elevated public health concerns or at the direction of the Barton County Health Department or Kansas State Department of Health and Education.

● USD 428 Remote Learning: A full-time remote learning option with monitoring and support from USD 428 teachers.

“We will continue to listen to our community and assure a public engagement process as we move into the next phase of re-opening our schools; establishing public trust, managing fear and perceptions of risk, and addressing community needs are keys to a seamless and successful response.

Parents won’t be locked into one choice for the entire school year, Superintendent Khris Thexton said. For example, parents who aren’t comfortable returning students to the classroom on Aug. 20 may choose the remote option, and then later decide they are ready to return to the traditional classroom setting. Or, parents who start with the traditional setting may later choose the remote option.

Here is a brief description of each:

On-Site Learning

Traditional Classroom setting

with health protocols

● Remain a USD 428 Student

● Students attend on-site school

to receive instruction 5-days a

week in a traditional setting,

maximizing physical distance

where practical implementing

other health-safety


● In-person learning

conversations and engagement

● Social interaction with peers

and staff for preparation of

living in a connected world

● Immediate access to learning

materials, instruction, and

student support

● Google Classroom and other

Google platforms support

student learning and transition

from school to home

● Participate in

school-sponsored athletics and

fine arts programs (following

KSHAA guidance)*

* Note: The Kansas State High School Activities Association is expected to announce plans for fall activities this week.

Hybrid, On-Site & Remote*

Combination of classroom

instruction and remote learning

at home

● Remain a USD 428 Student

● A more restrictive in-person

setting with intermittent

scheduling that decreases the

amount of people in the

building at one time

● Maximize physical distance in

classrooms and common spaces

● Standard curriculum platforms

will be used for on-site and

remote learning for easy

transition from school to home

in the case of intermittent

health concerns

● Google Classroom and other

Google platforms support

student learning and transition

from school to home

● Participate in school-sponsored

athletics and fine arts programs

(following KSHAA guidance)

*Note: The hybrid model will be used only

when required by elevated public

health concerns or when social

distancing must be strictly enforced.

USD 428 Remote Learning

Remote Education with USD

428 Staff Monitoring

● Remain a USD 428 Student

● Available for all students,

Grades K - 12

● Flexible, individualized plan

that is accessible anywhere

with 24/7 access

● Supervised by USD 428

certified teacher

● Regular communication

between USD 428 staff and