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Beginning Jan. 4 after Winter Break, students in pre-K to 5 will attend school in-person, grades 6 through 12 will be hybrid

Dr. Chad Higgins, Maize USD 266 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chad Higgins, Maize USD 266 Superintendent of Schools The Maize Board of Education met Dec. 14 and unanimously approved an update to Maize USD 266 T4T Reopening Plan. Beginning on Monday, Jan. 4 after Winter Break, students in grades pre-K through 5 will return to in-person face-to-face learning, with elementary students in school five days a week. The Maize Early Childhood Center will resume its four-day-a-week in-person schedule with remote Wednesdays as had been the schedule earlier in the semester. Middle and high school students in grades 6 through 12 will return to hybrid learning with remote Wednesdays and on the same alternating schedule observed this fall. Sixth-grade students are included in the alternating schedule and will attend school in person twice a week according to their schedule from earlier this semester. 

In an effort to return all students back to school as much and as quickly as safely possible, board members will reevaluate the learning model for middle and high school students during the regular monthly meeting Jan. 11. At that time, they will review staff availability and case numbers in the district and greater community. Families who previously selected the full-time remote learning model will stay in that model for the time being.

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas State Department of Education, and Sedgwick County have provided our district with additional confidence in our ability to transition students back to school. As research and evidence shows that younger children are less susceptible and vulnerable to COVID-19, we will begin our transition back to face-to-face learning with our youngest students.

The district is observing updated and shortened quarantine procedures and, along with board members, will continue to consider recommendations from the OneMa1ze COVID Advisory Team and feedback from educators, students, and parents. The district also will monitor vaccine availability for educators, expected for mid-January to mid-February.

Please remember that among resources for families is the district’s free Academic Help Desk. Students can reach out via this program to receive additional one-on-one assistance from educators in a variety of subject areas. This can be helpful for those with a question about a class, looking for help understanding something for school, or needing help with homework. Students can click here or visit bit.ly/266HelpDesk to complete and submit a digital form. An educator will contact them. The Academic Help Desk will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on school days.

Families also can find resources for social-emotional health, including those for adult self-care, creating your own home schedule, family self-care and emotions, processing feelings, talking with children about COVID-19, and more at bit.ly/Maize266SocialEmotionalHealth.

Thank you to everyone who has been in communication with the district as we work through this time together.

Dr. Chad Higgins
Superintendent of Schools
Maize USD 266

 

Related: Spring Break extended two days

Spring Break 2021 will be extended to a full five days, March 15 through March 19, 2021. Please click here for additional information.