The second half of Springfield Public School’s summer program will give the option for students to physically attend classes.
The July session of Explore will take place July 6-31 and will offer a choice for elementary and middle school students for a completely online class, seated classes or a mix of the two.
“SPS looks forward to continuing summer learning in July with Session 2 of Explore,” SPS Superintendent John Jungmann said in a statement. “We are closely partnering with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to develop procedures that make it possible to offer our families a variety of learning options – including virtual, seated and blended environments.”
SPS will be taking precautionary measures for the in-person classes, including:
- Class sizes will be limited to 14 students and social distancing will be practiced to ensure adequate physical separation is maintained.
- Visitors to the school and to the classroom will not be permitted. Schools will be closed to visitors aside from drop off and pick up.
- Handwashing and infection prevention instruction will be required and taught to students.
- Student face coverings are recommended but not required.
- Assemblies will not be permitted.
SPS is working with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to help protect students.
“We appreciate our collaboration with SPS and have worked closely to establish protocols that we feel are based on sound public health guidance,” Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said in a statement. “As part of this community’s road to recovery, our teams will remain engaged as the summer progresses and adapt plans and procedures as we assist in the planning for the 2020-2021 school year.”
Seated classes will take place at 23 elementary schools and four middle schools, with the blended class students meeting at the Phelps Center for Gifted Education. The complete list of locations is available from the SPS website.