As mentioned in previous communication, the Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC) released its updated Full Opening Guidance for Schools on March 3, 2021. Smithville School District works closely with the CCPHC to determine best practices to keep students and staff safe while we navigate the ongoing pandemic.
At its regularly scheduled meeting last night, the Smithville Board of Education approved a Return-to-Learn Plan presented by district administration which would have our in-person learners in middle and high school switch from their current hybrid mode back to a full-time, in-person mode of learning beginning Monday, April 5, 2021.
According to data from the CCPHC, the number of new cases in our community of Smithville and across the region have been rapidly declining. The opportunity for the virus to spread in our schools is low and gives us the confidence to move towards this transition.
Here are some important details about our plan:
- Secondary students will have the opportunity to attend in-person classes five days a week beginning Monday, April 5, 2021.
- Students choosing not to return to full-time in-person classes will have the option to transition to a virtual mode of learning (contact your school for more information).
- This plan will not affect the daily schedules at our Elementary Schools.
- This plan will not affect students already participating in 100% virtual learning.
Today’s announcement will likely generate additional questions as we prepare to make this transition. A Frequently Asked Questions document is available on the Smithville School District Website. More information on our transition back to full-time in-person learning will be provided by building administration.
Please know we will continue to collaborate closely with local public health agencies to monitor data and trends related to the COVID-19 pandemic and this is still a fluid situation that is subject to change at any time.
I want to thank our faculty, students, and families for their resilience during these unprecedented times. We have a lot of work to do before we welcome our secondary students back full-time, in-person for the first time in 388 days, but I would be remiss if I didn’t express my excitement about new opportunities for our students!
Dr. Todd Schuetz
Superintendent of Schools