T4T Together for Tomorrow #OneMa1ze
  • 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.


  • District releases draft of Together for Tomorrow (T4T) Reopening Guide

    This guide is a draft until approved by the Maize Board of Education. The Summary Sheet below is an additional resource related to the Together for Tomorrow (T4T) Reopening Guide.

     

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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.

    Please click here to learn more.


  • Three important things to know right now:

     

    Three 1. Maize USD 266 on Friday, Aug. 7 released a draft of the Together for Tomorrow (T4T) Reopening Guide. It is not finalized without approval from the Maize Board of Education. It contains many components, including information about:

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

     

    2. 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. Learn more by clicking here.

     

    3. The Maize Board of Education will consider the draft of the Together for Tomorrow (T4T) Reopening Guide during its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10. The meeting will take place remotely and will be broadcast live on the district YouTube channel at bit.ly/Maize266YouTube. Those interested can visit the link to watch the meeting. Please also be aware that the district’s annual budget hearing is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. This is an annual hearing, and no reopening plan business will be conducted during the hearing. The agendas for both meetings are available on the Board Docs platform 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.


  • UPDATED Aug. 7: 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. 7, 2020)



  • 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.

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  • 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.