PLANNING FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
First, let us say we hope you and your family are safe and healthy. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have been adjusting, like you, to the drastic changes in life this last quarter of our school year. We are incredibly appreciative of our students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators for their positivity, flexibility, commitment, and resilience during these trying times.
We have just finished our 2019-2020 school year through Continuous Learning! We know that you have many questions about how next year will look. We do not know exactly how next year will start, but we do know it will not look like it did when students were last in the buildings. Many of the questions we all have will be answered over the coming weeks and months as we learn more about the virus and our capacity to minimize its’ impact.
In July, the Kansas State Department of Education will release operational guidelines for schools to reopen in August. We will consider those guidelines and cooperate with the Shawnee County Health Department to create a plan to start school face to face as safely as possible. Some staff members and students may not be comfortable working in a face-to-face environment, and plans will include allowances for those whose health requires continued social distancing. Many staff and students will want to return to a face to face environment, and plans will include observing as many of the KSDE and CDC guidelines as possible to keep them safe. The unfortunate reality of the situation is those who return to school will assume some risk, and those who choose remote learning will not benefit from classroom interaction with their teacher and peers.
The Kansas State Department of Education has teachers currently working to identify essential standards for grade level bands. Once these standards are identified, another group will work on creating projects or tasks that will allow students to learn and demonstrate competency in those standards, whether they are working at school or home. These standards will be released to school districts on July 10, 2020.
Shawnee Heights USD 450 is putting together a team to address the challenges and various scenarios of reopening this fall. To ensure we have a variety of perspectives, we will include teachers, staff, parents, and students as part of this team.
Our primary focus is to provide all students with the education they deserve, even if the circumstances are less than ideal. We will continue to work this summer to plan and prepare for any situation that may occur next fall. We will be stronger when we come out on the other side of the COVID-19 Pandemic!
Stay Strong! Stay healthy!
Shawnee Heights Coaches are preparing multiple options and plans for summer activities such as camps, conditioning, and practices. We will be following the guidance of the Shawnee County Health Department and will release these plans as they are approved according to the Kansas Re-Opening Plan. We will keep you updated with any decisions as they are made.
Effective Monday, March 16, we are providing:
- Limited-time, first two months free of Connect2Compete service, $9.95/month thereafter
- Until May 15, 2020, we are providing phone and remote desktop support through Cox Complete Care at no charge to provide peace of mind and ease for technology needs
- Resources for discounted, refurbished equipment through our association with PCs for People
- A Learn from Home toolkit for schools, including instructions on how to fast-track eligible students without internet access:Download toolkit - English
Download toolkit - Spanish
Offer expires 5/15/2020. Cox Complete Care in-home support excluded. Program eligibility and other restrictions apply. Learn more at www.cox.com/c2c.
To Qualify: You must not be an existing Cox internet customer, your household must have at least one K-12 student and participate in the National School Lunch Program, SNAP, and/or TANF; who receive Tenant-Based Vouchers, Project-Based Vouchers or Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA); and/or who live in Public Housing
Don’t qualify but still need to stay connected? See our other Internet plans with special promotional rates as part of our COVID-19 response:
- Last week, we announced that we are suspending broadband usage caps for our home internet customers. That means no overage fees while people are home using more data.
- We’re keeping our public Wi-Fi hotspots open for anyone who needs them.
- We continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited-income households at $10/month through our Access from AT&T program.
- We won’t terminate service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer due to an inability to pay their bill as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – and we’re waiving late payment fees for those customers.
AT&T is one of JAG nationals long-standing partnerships. They have announced a program that can assist those who qualify (low-income families that receive SNAP or SSI) with internet service for as low as $5 and $10 a month.
Please refer to:
- Offers speeds up to 30 Mbps
- Packages starting at $39.95
- Can be reached at 785-354-4915
- Satellite Internet
- Can be reached at 844-737-2700
Kansas Broadband Internet
- Offers rural Internet
- Plans starting as low as $44.99 per month
- Can be reached at 1-800-823-7959
As part of our response, we’re introducing an all-new package, Midco Internet Basics, for low-income households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t have internet access.
- Education Assistance Credit makes the service FREE through June 15, 2021
- Speeds up to 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload
- Standard or wireless modem included Starting now, qualified households can begin enrolling by calling 1.833.338.4638 (1.833.EDU.INET)
- Reference special code: MIBEDU20, to receive the Education Assistance Credit
- Rural and Town coverge
- Can be reached at 1-800-379-7292
Families may also want to check out www.EveryoneOn.org for low-cost internet service options.
Please remember that learning opportunities surround us! There are plenty of things about which students can learn when they are not online. Your school staff stands ready to assist you with your needs.
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