Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that all of our stakeholder groups will have questions regarding our Return to Learn plan. Please know that this remains an extremely fluid situation with some parts of our plan to likely change prior to the official start of school on September 8, 2020. Below, you will find several Frequently Asked Questions that have been captured. In addition, a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions document has been developed and will be updated regularly. This document can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I choose a learning platform for my child(ren) in the student census (face-to-face or virtual) and we would change our mind prior to the start of school, are we able to change our minds and do the other learning option?
While it is important for us to obtain valuable data with the student census for planning purposes (building capacities, staffing, etc.), we understand that circumstances with our families may change over the course of the several weeks leading up to the start of the school year. We are committed to working with families to ensure they are comfortable with the learning platform they choose. Families are encouraged to connect with their child's home school with questions.What happens when there is COVID-19 exposure?
We have detailed procedures in place in the event a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. The district will closely follow guidance from Clay County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (which will likely continue to evolve) as we identify and notify families and staff of any COVID-19 related issue. We, of course, need to carefully follow HIPAA and FERPA requirements. If an individual is required (per this guidance) to take any action (seek testing, self-quarantine, or self-monitor for symptoms), they will be promptly notified by LPS. For additional detail, please see the LPS Operating Procedures document on the LPS Return to Learn main web page, or visit the Clay County Public Health Center site.Is there a chance that school could not start on time due to COVID-19?
As we have continued to emphasize throughout this unprecedented event, this remains an extremely fluid situation. We remain in close contact with Clay County Public Health Center and other local health officials. We are committed to providing our students and staff with a safe and healthy learning environment while at school. We will regularly communicate any necessary, new information as it becomes available to families.Is LPS offering district-provided transportation?LPS will provide transportation for students to and from school. An opt-in message was delivered to families earlier this summer for those needing district-provided transportation. With limitations on bus capacities expected, we are encouraging families who are able to do so, to transport their child(ren) to school. Buses will be sanitized following each route.I did not receive a Student Census email that was to be delivered for my child(ren) on July 15, 2020. What should I do?
If you did not receive our Student Census delivered on our district email platform, you can call our LPS Helpdesk at 816-736-7078, or an LPS representative will be in touch with you prior to the July 24, 2020, deadline.Is LPS planning to provide the Kid's Zone program?
Yes. We will offer Kid's Zone this fall, and we will follow the guidelines established for classrooms (school day). Details have not yet been finalized, but we will be focused on distancing and keeping groups together. Please stay tuned to District communication as we intend to share additional information in the coming weeks.What will social distancing look like for my child while at school?
The classroom layout will certainly look different when students return to school. Seating will be set up to allow for proper social distancing, per the most recent directives from the Clay County Public Health Center. All students will be facing toward the front of their respective classrooms. Non-essential furniture will also be removed from classrooms to allow for extra space. All of our individual schools will share with families additional details leading up to the start of school. In addition, an emphasis will be placed on keeping students' belongings separated. The sharing of school supplies and other items, such as electronic devices, books, and other equipment will be limited. Class time, passing periods/travel within buildings, lunch, and recess times will be staggered and/or spread out to additional available spaces to allow for social distancing to occur. Additional details will be shared in the coming weeks leading up to the start of school by our individual buildings.How much notice will be provided in the event LPS must transition to a different schedule/plan (ie: face-to-face/blended learning to all virtual)
These decisions would be made based upon guidance from the Clay County Public Health Center and the level of community spread of illness. We are committed to providing as much notice as possible while also ensuring that student and staff safety is our first priority. This may require an emergency shift in schedules: i.e. a rapid shift to District closure (virtual learning only) or in the event of local, stay-at-home orders, it could be necessary to protect the safety of our students and staff.Will LPS have the necessary supplies to support health and safety precautions?
Yes. LPS has ordered, and will regularly replenish, sanitation equipment for protection against COVID-19. These supplies include (but are not limited to) cloth face masks for staff, disposable face masks, N95 and KN95 masks for nurses, face shields, disposable gowns, disinfectant and cleaning supplies for classrooms, hand sanitizer, infrared thermometers, disposable gloves, and signage to communicate safety procedures and precautions.How large do we expect class sizes to be if we choose the face-to-face option for the upcoming school year?
We do not expect class sizes to look significantly different from past years. Upon receiving the data from the student census, work will take place to determine the physical layout of classrooms and other academic spaces for each individual building to ensure proper social distancing takes place based on guidance from local health officials. This information will then be communicated by the building in the weeks leading up to the start of school.How will students safely transition throughout the building during passing periods, etc.?Planning work continues involving the many aspects of ensuring proper social distancing during the school day. Currently, families should expect class time, travel within the building, lunch and recess times to be staggered and/or spread out to alternate spaces to allow for social distancing. When students travel in the hallways, there will be visual aids to direct students throughout the building. These visual aids will illustrate directional traffic flow and appropriate spacing to support social distancing. Additional details and/or alterations to plans will be shared in the coming weeks.Virtual Learning QuestionsWill virtual learning in LPS look similar than it did in the spring following the extended school closure?
No. A tremendous amount of work has gone into enhancing the virtual experience by our Department of Innovation and Learning these past several months. Students will have much more of a regular schedule in which they will meet with teachers online, as opposed to just being assigned work. Teachers will work with students and provide them with assignments. We are committed to having more interactions with teachers and peers for the fall and more of a set schedule.Will virtual instruction take place with live lessons or recorded videos?Learning at home will include both live instruction and recorded videos. A daily schedule will include following a revised schedule that will be similar to a normal school schedule. There will be set schedule each day with times that a student will connect with each teacher. These connections might be a class discussion that lasts 30 minutes or a 15 minute lesson and then the student works on their own. Or they might connect with a student team online. Teachers can create short videos that students can use to remind them of concepts or techniques while they work on their own.At this time, the high schools have classes that are blended and include a mixture of face to face learning and virtual learning. The elementary and middle schools are investigating this possibility. Performance classes like choir will be offered virtually for students who need to learn from home.
I hope this information is helpful. I also encourage you to visit the Ready to Learn website at https://www.lps53.org/lpsreturntolearn for updates.Can my child(ren) transition from the virtual to the face-to-face option in the middle of the school year?If a family initially chooses a virtual learning option for their child(ren), but then wants to transition back into the traditional face-to-face setting, we are asking that this be done following the quarter or semester period. If you have questions, we encourage you to contact your child's home school.If my child(ren) chooses virtual learning, can they participate in face-to-face school activities?Yes. Families would need to coordinate plans with their home school to participate. Additionally, any high school student interested in participating in a MSHSAA sanctioned activity is eligible if learning virtually.If my child(ren) chooses virtual learning, will they be required to take standardized tests?All virtual learners will be required to take the same standardized tests as face-to-face learners. Grades will also be required for coursework.Will the local career centers be open for high school students this fall?
Just like LPS, both the Excelsior Springs Area Career Center and the Platte County Northland Career Center are developing plans for reentry this fall. Specific details regarding their expectations can be found on their respective websites. Additional questions should be directed to high school counselors when they return to offices in early August.Can my child transition from face-to-face instruction to virtual instruction prior to the end of a quarter or semester?
Please know that the reason LPS is asking families to make a change in the way their child(ren) are being instructed at either a quarter or semester (high school) is due to the tremendous amount of pre-planning that must occur (building capacities, class sizes, staffing, etc.). If for some reason a child is not comfortable in a face-to-face instruction setting early in a semester, LPS is committed to working with families to allow for an earlier and seamless transition.I have an incoming kindergartner that is planning to do virtual learning to begin the 2020-2021 school year. What should we expect?Liberty Virtual School will be taught by virtual school only teachers dedicated and professionally developed to teach school online. There will be a designated virtual school schedule where students will "attend" school for six hours each day. Students will Zoom in to a virtual class several times each day and then work on lessons and projects in between. Learning content has been designed for online learning, and teachers will focus on using student evidence (projects and assignments showing teachers what they have learned) to measure learning. This model has proven to be incredibly successful in other online models that LPS has researched and are using to design our own programs. While we are currently designing the schedules for all our grades for Liberty Virtual School, we can provide an update as to how our plans are shaping up to look like. We are looking at blocks of time for instruction each day, two sessions in the AM and two in the PM of about 45-60 minutes each day, Monday through Friday.