District to pivot to full-time remote learning beginning Friday, Nov. 13 for high school and Monday, Nov. 16 for grades pre-K through 8
The current environment created by COVID-19 is affecting the daily operations of Maize USD 266 to the point that the district will pivot in the coming days to full-time remote learning. High school students in grades 9 through 12 will begin full-time remote learning on Friday, Nov. 13, and pre-kindergarten through grade 8 will begin full-time remote learning on Monday, Nov. 16. This change was unanimously approved by Maize Board of Education members, who met for their monthly meeting on the evening of Nov. 9. Please know that additional information about daily schedules, resources, and a parent “to do” list will be provided in the coming days.
Unfortunately, the situation locally has changed dramatically in recent days. This is evident by looking at our own Maize USD 266 COVID-19 dashboard, the shortage of ICU hospital beds in Wichita and strained medical staffing, and Sedgwick County’s rolling 14-day average of positive percentage of all tests, which earlier today jumped to 21.6 percent. We also track staff shortages, employee absences, and our ability to fill substitute requests in our classrooms and beyond. This has a direct impact on our ability to continue to keep our district open and functional. Just in the past several days, the district has struggled to find enough substitute teachers to fill all vacant classrooms and likely will not have enough bus drivers and food service staff members to operate effectively.
Board members intend to reconvene for a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 23 to reassess. The district’s Fall Break is Nov. 25 through Nov. 27. While it will continue to be our goal to educate as many students in person as much as possible, the ability to safely staff schools must be a reality before returning back to in-person instruction at any level.
The school board meeting was broadcast live on the district YouTube channel at bit.ly/Maize266YouTube. Those interested can visit the link to watch the meeting.