Together for Tomorrow:
T4T Reopening Plan
This resource page includes updated information about COVID-19, the OneMa1ze COVID Advisory Team (OCAT), the T4T Reopening Guide, and more.
Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services
As part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Congress requires all school districts that receive an ESSER III award to post a plan to the district website within 30 days of receiving the grant award. Included here is a copy of the district’s working draft of our plan to reopen schools in 2021-2022. This plan will be reviewed with the board of education and staff through the summer. The plan may continually evolve as school begins and as the school year progresses.
Sedgwick County Health Department Q&A, May 2021
In May, Maize USD 266 collected questions about the COVID vaccination from high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors and their families. Thanks to Sedgwick County Health Department Epidemiologist Kaylee Hervey and COVID-19 Outreach Specialist Amanda Bustamante for providing the following answers. For more Sedgwick County Health Department COVID resources, please visit www.sedgwickcounty.org/covid-19.
COVID-19 Dashboard, Employees and Students
In partnership with the Sedgwick County Health Department, Maize USD 266 is tracking known positive COVID-19 cases and instances of quarantine among staff members and students of the district, as reported by employees and families. The district communicates directly with anyone identified as a close contact, or someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes regardless of face covering. This chart provides an overview of known cases.
UPDATE: The May 21, 2021 update will be the final COVID-19 Dashboard update of the 2020-21 school year. The last day of school for high school seniors was May 20. The last day for all other students will be May 27.
Previous weekly COVID Dashboard reports:
OneMa1ze COVID Advisory Team (OCAT)
As outlined in the T4T Reopening Plan, the OCAT will provide the district and Maize Board of Education with multi-perspective recommendations to offer the safest teaching and learning environment possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team members will use the most recent scientific data and research, along with their professional experience as it relates to their specific medical, health, and educational fields. The team has met twice and serves as content-specific advisors to both the superintendent and board of education. Their recommendations will go before the board for consideration. Please see the teams' most recent update by clicking here:
A Message from Dr. Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools: Keeping OneMa1ze safe and informed
I am proud of our staff members, students, and families for all of your efforts in keeping our community safe and schools open. Getting to and through this back-to-school season was monumental this year, as you know and experienced.
Please review the COVID-19 Dashboard, OneMa1ze COVID Advisory Team (OCAT) information, COVID-19 symptoms chart, and a chart explaining what Maize USD 266 will and will not do when there is a positive COVID-19 case in the district. These are all new resources recently added to this web resource page.
Please click here to access the school-specific student self-assessments. The updated documents clarify that a child should stay home from school if he or she has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 OR a symptomatic person who is awaiting testing results. This is critical to avoid potential spread and exposure in our district and beyond. Note about the importance of limiting proximity to peers, even when not in school.
Please also know about a couple of extra efforts the district is making for increased safety and operations:
- Nursing staff: We have hired two additional nurses, including one with work experience with the Sedgwick County Health Department, to serve on the district’s COVID Response Team, manage contract tracing, communicate with families, answer questions, work with the county health department, and advise and support colleagues. They also can serve as backups to our school nurses, who serve such a crucial role in our buildings, especially right now.
- Increased cleaning: On Sept. 14, our Maize Board of Education approved a cleaning contract amendment with our contracted cleaning crew to address the increased cleaning and sanitization efforts necessary due to COVID-19. This was a more cost-effective option compared to hiring additional employees. This will increase trash removal and vacuuming services, as well as the sanitization of frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, crashbars, light switches, and countertops. This will cost an additional $173,931 for the 2020-21 school year.
For the sake of your health and safety and for those around you, please continue to be vigilant regarding the proper wearing of appropriate face masks and of social distancing. We have had a fantastic first few weeks of school and want to do our part keeping schools open and maximizing opportunities for our students and entire OneMa1ze community. We have received some reports of spectators not wearing face masks at athletic events, for instance. Please know that fans not wearing a face mask may be asked to either put on a face mask or leave.
It is in all of our power to maintain a healthy community that allows us to continue to operate schools as we are and provide every opportunity possible for our students. Thank you for your continued support.
Dr. Chad Higgins
Superintendent of Schools
Maize USD 266
Maize Board of Education meetings
Based on the advice of counsel, Maize USD 266 will no longer be maintaining the video recordings of the Maize Board of Education meetings. For the time being, meetings will be streamed live and available to view on the district’s YouTube channel at bit.ly/Maize266YouTube. However, the district will no longer preserve the recordings of the meetings. Thank you.
Special June 29, 2020 BOE meeting
Special July 6, 2020 BOE meeting
July 13, 2020 regular monthly BOE meeting
Special July 27, 2020 BOE meeting
Aug. 10, 2020 regular monthly BOE meeting
The Maize Board of Education's next monthly meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9.
YMCA YES Academy remote Wednesday opportunity now available
The Greater Wichita YMCA, a partner organization of the district, is now offering its YES Academy. This is available for Maize USD 266 students in kindergarten through fifth grade at the Northwest YMCA on Wednesdays when hybrid learning is remote. A reminder that the first remote learning Wednesday of the school year for the hybrid model will be Wednesday, Sept. 16.
The program, which will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, allows for a structured day with time for virtual learning, physical activities, art, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and social-emotional learning. Please see the attached document for details on the program, registration, fees, and more. You will complete enrollment online first and then visit the Northwest YMCA to complete registration. The enrollment deadline is Sept. 9.
Click to learn more: YMCA YES Academy
UPDATED Aug. 13: Q&A
Maize USD 266 has reviewed questions and provided the following answers, organized by topic. It is the district’s intention to continue to update this document with additional information. Please note that the date next to the answer indicates the date the answer is posted.
Maize USD 266 sporting event spectator informationThe district has been working with KSHSAA and the league to maximize opportunities for our students while keeping them and everyone involved safe. Like everything else right now, the following plan is fluid, and additional changes may be needed in the future.Thank you for your ongoing support of OneMa1ze.
Determine the steps necessary to move from a standards-based approach to a competency-based approach.
Define what high-quality instruction looks like when a) face-to-face and b) remote virtual.
Determine what modifications or system shifts will have to occur in order to provide high-quality instruction in either/both settings during the 2020-21 school year.
Develop multiple paths for a return to school in 2020-21, with the intent to address the needs of all students.
About Together 4 Tomorrow (T4T)
Maize USD 266 is working intensely this summer on the Together 4 Tomorrow (T4T) plan. About 100 staff members are cooperating on this initiative, which involves developing plans and options for school in 2020-21. Participants represent different departments, schools, and levels of experience and are working in seven teams. They are exploring three possible options for school next year: all students physically in schools, all students learning remotely, and a hybrid model that could present itself in many ways. While the district expects to incorporate innovations in teaching and learning as identified by the T4T process, some alterations may be implemented immediately, while other changes could be used in the future. Additional staff members of various positions and from a variety of grade levels will serve as critical reviewers of any plans or scenarios developed.
Participating are six Curriculum and Instruction teams: PreK-5, 6-8, 9-12, Professional Learning, Supporting All Learners, and Social Emotional Learning and Supporting Families. There also is an operations team, which includes five areas of focus: Health and Safety, Personnel, Technology, Food Service, and Transportation.
Health and safety guidelines.
District leaders will consider advice from agencies and experts regarding a multitude of topics, including:
- social distancing
- face masks
- daily school schedules
- cleaning and sanitization
- group sizes
Maize USD 266 Mission
The mission of Maize USD 266 is to inspire students to discover their potential through connecting, learning, and leading.
Maize USD 266 Core Values
Maize USD 266 Vision
The Maize School District is a student-centered environment where all members of the school-community are empowered to participate and thrive academically, civically, and socially through relevant educational experiences to achieve and fulfill their life’s purpose.