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Derby Public Schools is providing updates and a variety of resources for our families and staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We will continue to communicate with families and staff via Skylert, our mass notification tool, and post on www.derbyschools.com. Read previous updates HERE.

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July 10, 2020 • Return to Learn Survey - Please Complete by July 16

Derby Public Schools Families,

I hope that you are enjoying your summer. An Enrollment Update newsletter with information on how to enroll and other important annual notices for the upcoming year should be arriving in your mailbox soon. As we await official guidance from the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) on possible learning models for the school year, we are requesting that you provide us with additional feedback for planning purposes. Responding to the survey does NOT commit your family to any particular schooling format but will provide us with information for planning purposes. Please complete one survey for each student in your family that attends Derby Public Schools. Please complete the survey HERE by noon July 16.

Please note one change to my last update sent on June 30 HERE - the district will present school year plans to the Board of Education on July 20 via Zoom/YouTube live link instead of the previously shared July 27. This is to ensure we get families and staff information as soon as possible as we know plans may affect childcare and work. Families and staff will receive an update via Skylert (mass notification tool) on school year plans later in the week of this Board of Education meeting.

Heather Bohaty
Superintendent of Schools

July 8, 2020 • Update on Mask Requirements at Derby Public Schools

Dr. Garold Minns, Sedgwick County’s Health Officer, announced on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, that he would sign an emergency order to require face masks in Sedgwick County. This order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 10 and is in place until midnight on August 9, 2020.

Dr. Minns shared that after looking at the number of cases increasing in the county, as well as hospitalizations increasing, that face masks should be required. The order also calls for everyone in the county to adhere to Phase 3 of Governor Laura Kelly’s Ad Astra Plan, which includes limiting mass gatherings to 45 individuals in one location where social distancing is not available.

Masks should be worn while inside any indoor or outdoor public space where distancing of six feet at all times is not possible, and in line and waiting to enter an indoor public space. Exceptions to this order include children five and under and others not able to safely wear a mask, as listed in the public health order. Read the order HERE.

Current student programming immediately impacted by this order include the following:
Summer PrimeTime, Latchkey and Extended School Year (ESY): All students and employees are required to wear a mask; unless exempt.
Free Meal Sites: Central Kitchen/Oaklawn/Wineteer host free summer meal sites. Staff working and patrons who are over the age of five who visit this site are required to wear a mask.
Athletics:Athletes who are able to maintain 6 feet distance from others with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity are not required to wear a mask. If unable to do this, masks are required.

June 30, 2020

Dear Families and Staff,

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer with family and friends. While we know there is still over a month left of summer break, we know there are many questions about the upcoming school year. In my last message sent to you on May 20, it was shared that we were already planning for Fall 2020. I would like to share an update on what to anticipate over the next few weeks as we prepare for the new school year.

What Will School Look Like?

School districts across the state will be receiving guidance from the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) by mid-July. Derby Public Schools will adapt as necessary and merge our Continuous Learning Task Force recommendations with the state’s guidance. Our Task Force has been meeting to discuss options and review feedback from families, students and staff. I’d like to say THANK YOU to the individuals who are working throughout their summer break to ensure we will have meaningful learning experiences while always keeping safety as our top priority.

We will bring our proposed plans to our Board of Education on July 27. If our school’s normal environment has to be modified, other possible learning environment options may include in-person, online or hybrid model (a combination of in-person, online and independent work). When additional information that affects what the next school year is available after this Board of Education meeting, we will update families and staff via our website, social media and Skylert (our mass notification tool).

We plan to welcome back students on August 12 (20-21 school year calendar HERE). We know that the future impact of COVID-19 is unpredictable and requires that we plan for multiple scenarios. I’d like to share a few brief highlights on possible learning models and a general back to school timeline below. Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEPs) and other educational support plans will receive appropriate accommodations regardless of the learning environment we are in. Students will also have grading expectations for any of the possible learning models. Please know that more details will be available in the coming weeks.

Possible Learning Models

In-Person Learning
We are excited to see our students and staff back in our buildings! Our hope is to be able to offer an in-person option of school this fall. Students who attend in-person will have additional COVID-19 safety measures in place.

Remote Learning Environment (Online-Only Instruction)
It is possible that online-only instruction by Derby Public Schools staff may be offered as a learning option to families who elect to learn from home. An online-only instruction program would have these key elements:
• Instruction by certified Derby Public Schools teachers
• Mirror Derby Public Schools curriculum and standards
• Include live instruction with a mix of online activities, lessons and assessments

Please note:
Online instruction will also be offered to all enrolled students at times when school is not able to take place in person due to COVID-19 circumstances.

Hybrid Learning (a combination of in-person and online)
If needed at any point, Derby Public Schools may adopt a hybrid learning model. Hybrid learning would only apply to students who elected to enroll in the traditional, in-person school (not online-only). Hybrid instructional schedules would have some in-person instruction and some online live instruction and assignments for students in a given week.

A survey will be sent to families in July to gain information on any preferences that may be offered regarding the above learning model options. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the local health department and KSDE will continue to guide our planning.

General Back to School Timeline
Here are dates to keep in mind leading up to the first day of school. Updates will be provided as we begin to see how the 2020-21 school year looks for our families and staff.
• July 9: Enrollment Update in mailboxes (approximate date). View HERE. Please know the information in this Enrollment Update is applicable no matter what type of setting we may be in this school year.
• July 14-15: State Board of Education to receive KSDE Guidance for Schools
• July 16: Kansas State Department of Education releases plan; district leadership will receive detailed training on the recommendations.
• July 16-24: Derby Public Schools will modify plans to align with KSDE guidance.
• July 27: Present school year plans to the Board of Education (meeting is 6:30PM at Derby North Middle School). Families and staff will receive an update via Skylert (mass notification tool) on school year plans later this week.
• Aug. 6: Middle School Back to School Night, 5:30PM-7:30PM
• Aug. 10: Elementary Back to School Night, 5:30PM-7:30PM
• Aug. 12: First day of school (see 20-21 student calendar HERE)
• Aug. 13: Derby High School Back to School Night, 5:30PM-7:30PM

We realize families and staff will be looking for information regarding transportation, food service, before and after school programs, and much more. These topics and more will be covered after our plans are presented to the Board of Education on July 27. Although there are some unknowns, we are looking forward to another amazing year of accomplishments and will be ready to adapt to changes that come our way. I share my appreciation to all of our stakeholders for your continued flexibility, engagement and partnership in our students’ educational journeys.

Heather Bohaty
Superintendent of Schools


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