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  • Together for Tomorrow: 

    T4T Reopening Plan

  • This resource page is a community update from Maize USD 266 detailing work being done as the district prepares to open for the 2020-21 school year.


  • Maize Board of Education approves Together for Tomorrow (T4T) Reopening Guide

    Maize Board of Education members during their regular monthly meeting Aug. 10 approved the Together for Tomorrow (T4T) Reopening Guide with the plan for the district to develop gating criteria, which provides a set of metrics board members and Maize USD 266 district officials can adopt to keep students, employees, and the OneMa1ze community safe.

    The Summary Sheet below is an additional resource related to the Together for Tomorrow (T4T) Reopening Guide.

    UPDATE: During its Aug. 20 special meeting, Maize Board of Education members unanimously approved updates to the T4T Reopening Guide. The newly amended guide is posted below.

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  • Maize Board of Education unanimously approves Sept. 8 as first day of school for 2020-21

    Back to school

    During the Monday, July 27 Maize Board of Education special meeting, members approved a delayed start to the 2020-21 school year. The first day now will be Sept. 8, following the Labor Day weekend. Dr. Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Maize USD 266, recommended the delayed start for the sake of the health and safety of all of OneMa1ze.

    Click here to learn more.

    Please be aware that there will be a staggered back-to-school schedule. Please click here for details on student attendance the first week of school.


  • Three important things to know right now

    1. Reopening plan:

    Maize Board of Education members during their regular monthly meeting Aug. 10 approved the Together for Tomorrow (T4T) Reopening Guide with the plan for the district to develop gating criteria, which provides a set of metrics board members and Maize USD 266 district officials can adopt to keep students, employees, and the OneMa1ze community safe.

    The T4T Reopening Guide contains many components, including information about:Three

    • Learning Options (hybrid and two remote options)
    • Teaching and Learning
    • Revised Calendar
    • Operational Guidelines
    • Extra- and Co-Curricular Activities

    2. Survey to select learning models:

    The next step for parents will be to decide officially which learning model they want for their children during the 2020-21 school year. A survey will be sent for those who wish to select a full-time remote option.

    REMOTE OPTION 1: Remote Rigorous (available for students in PreK through grade 12)

    This option will have students engaging in daily classes with students and faculty. They are required to meet online at specific times for classes.

    REMOTE OPTION 2: Remote Independence (available for students in grades 6 through 12)

    This option will have students enrolled in classes in which they work more independently, yet still with daily connections with assigned teachers. They do not meet at set times with instructors or other students online and can set their own daily/weekly schedule.

    Parents who do not select a full-time remote option in the survey are indicating to the district that they wish for their children to attend school in Model 2 Hybrid plan. For families who choose this
    option, students will attend school in-person on predetermined days depending on their grade level.

    Pre-K through 5th grade: All students will attend school in-person on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. All students will learn remotely on Wednesdays.
    6th grade through 12th grade: Each student will attend school in-person two days a week (Mondays/Thursdays for students with last names beginning with A-K or Tuesdays/Fridays for students with last names beginning with L-Z), with approximately half of the student body in school on those days. The district will make accommodations for siblings with different last names to attend school together and will communicate directly with those families. All students will learn remotely on Wednesdays.

    3. 2020-21 District Calendar:

    Board members on Aug. 10 also approved the proposed 2020-21 District Calendar, which you can access by clicking here.

     

     


  • A Message from Dr. Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools

    Dr. Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools

    District leaders and I, like so many others in our community and country, are learning just how challenging it is to make plans in an uncertain time. It seems conditions, guidance, and other factors are constantly changing. In mid-March, we rapidly moved to our Continuous Learning Plan as COVID-19 forced Kansas public schools to close. Now, we continue to research and explore options for reopening schools in less than six weeks. We realize we must be nimble and design a plan that can be flexible in the event of shut-downs or new guidelines or requirements related to social distancing, crowd limitations, etc. We recognize that we must work to balance and address the need to educate students at a highly rigorous level while protecting them and staff. Both emotion and anxiety are at an all-time high as we all construct plans with so many unknowns yet to be uncovered. 

    We will continue to review the results of our ThoughtExchange survey and an even more recent parent survey. Thanks to each of you who took the time to participate in those. We also are planning another survey that will ask more specific questions regarding your feelings about school in the fall, especially about safety precautions, remote instruction, school schedules, and professional learning needs. While we may not be able to find a solution that accommodates everyone’s level of comfort and preferences, we will aim to find a resolution that looks as close to a typical school experience as possible while prioritizing the health and safety of our students and employees. Our surveys show that students, parents, and employees have varying degrees of concerns and comfort. Of course, that reflects the diversity of our student body and our community. Each student and family has a unique set of circumstances, including parent work schedules and demands, health, and access to technology.  

    On June 29, we began a series of Maize Board of Education special meetings, during which district leaders and board members discuss topics related to our upcoming school year. Last week’s meeting, which you can watch on the district’s YouTube channel at bit.ly/Maize266YouTube, was focused on competency-based education. 

    On July 6, our special board meeting explored operational protocols specific to health/safety, transportation, and food service. We spoke about social distancing, face coverings, workforce availability, temperature and other screenings, physical needs in our buildings, financial implications, next steps, and more. That meeting also is available on the district’s YouTube channel.

    On July 13, board members will review and discuss preliminary proposals for reopening schools. Following that meeting, I will collect input from teachers, staff members, and parents through both surveys and virtual conversations.

    Before we can make any final decisions as the scheduled Aug. 11 first day of school gets closer, we first must ensure that we take the time to educate ourselves and collaborate about the various factors surrounding that important decision. The reality of returning staff members and students to school in the midst of a global pandemic requires us to closely monitor trending data, which is currently a cause for concern.

    We have produced this resource for our OneMa1ze community as a landing page for all things related to our efforts to provide the best possible teaching/learning environment in the coming school year to answer questions, alleviate anxiety, and demonstrate issues we must navigate at this time. While we do not know just yet exactly what the 2020-21 school year will look like, I can share that Maize USD 266 heads toward the new school year with the same guiding question that always leads us: What is best for students? While we continue to work diligently and continuously, we ask for your continued patience and grace. Thank you.

    Dr. Chad Higgins

    Superintendent of Schools

    Maize USD 266


  • 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.


  • YMCA YES Academy remote Wednesday opportunity now available

    YMCA YES Academy 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

    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.

    Together for Tomorrow (T4T) Reopening Plan Q&A (Updated Aug. 13, 2020)


  • T4T Timeline

    Timeline

    June

    29: Maize Board of Education Special Meeting Work Session (Competency-Based Education Model)

    July

    1: Team Lead Meeting (Compile and organize team drafts)

    6: Maize Board of Education Special Meeting Work Session (Health & Safety Protocols)

    7: T4T Complete Draft 1

    8: T4T Team Lead Meeting (Prevailing Research & Guidance Review)

    9:

    10: Regional Meeting with Sedgwick County Health Department

    13: Maize Board of Education Meeting (Preview T4T Draft 1)

    14: 

    • Kansas Board of Education Guidance Adoption
    • T4T Staff/Family Communication/Survey

    15: Kansas COVID-19 Workgroup for Kids (KCWK) Guidance Meeting

    16: 

    • KSDE Meeting 
    • T4T Develop Final Plan

    27: Maize Board of Education Special Meeting (2020-2021 School Calendar Change)

    20-31:

    • Teacher Curriculum Academies
    • Operational review and resource alignment
    • Maize Board of Education T4T Adoption
    • 2020-21 District Calendar Review

    August

    10: Maize Board of Education Meeting and Budget Hearing

    20: Maize Board of Education Special Meeting

    September

    8: First day of school (Please note the district will observe a staggered first-day-of school schedule for the 2020-21 school year.)

    • This will be the first day of school for preschool and kindergarten students with last names beginning with letters A through K, all students in grades 1 through 5, and students in grades 6 through 12 whose last names begin with letters A through K.

    9:

    • This will be the first day of school for preschool and kindergarten students with last names beginning with letters L through Z (but not those with last names beginning with letters A through K), all students in grades 1 through 5, and students in grades 6 through 12 whose last names begin with letters L through Z.
    • Please note this Wednesday is a face-to-face school day for students on the hybrid model. The first remote learning Wednesday of the school year for the hybrid model will be Wednesday, Sept. 16.

    10 and 11: All students will attend school these days, with students in grades 6 through 12 following their assigned hybrid schedules.

    16: The first remote Wednesday of the school year for students on the hybrid learning model.


  • Maize USD 266 logo on a face mask Maize USD 266 sporting event spectator information

     
    The 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.
     

  • apple District to provide free grab-and-go school meals for students Aug. 12 through Aug. 31

     

    To help support families who rely on schools and food programs, the district will make available grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches available.

    Please click for details.


  • T4T Objectives

     

    • 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.


  • Handwashing Health and safety guidelines.

    District leaders will consider advice from agencies and experts regarding a multitude of topics, including:

    • social distancing
    • face masks
    • handwashing
    • daily school schedules
    • cleaning and sanitization
    • group sizes
    • transportation

  • 75

    percent of parents say they are comfortable or very comfortable sending their child(ren) to school as scheduled.

    70

    percent of parents say they prefer their child(ren) to physically attend school this fall as opposed to a remote learning option or a hybrid learning environment.

    Source: Maize USD 266 Parent Survey, June 18-23, 2020


  • Top comments from ThoughtExchange Survey

    Maize USD 266 asked, “What one thing would you like to share about school in the fall?”

    • Parents should be expected to be responsible for keeping students home if they have temperatures or are sick.
    • Be honest and upfront with communication. Tell the students what the plans are and what their responsibilities will be in direct and understandable language for them.
    • I am grateful for the efforts Maize has taken thus far. The teachers and staff are incredible and so caring.
    • Appreciate teachers! Such a crazy time, and know everyone is working nonstop to figure this out.

    Thank you to all survey participants. District leaders will continue to consider this feedback and other information in the coming weeks and months.


  • 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

    • Integrity
    • Innovation
    • Community
    • Responsibility
    • Empathy
    • Resilience

    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.