Springfield Public Schools has announced an update regarding plans for the district once the 2020-2021 school year begins on August 24.
While the district promised detailed information by the end of July, they also updated the current planning process:
- More than 2,700 students returned to the classroom on July 6 for the second session of Explore. Approximately 3,000 others continue learning online.
- Health and wellness guidelines developed for summer learning are in place and will be adapted, as needed, for the 2020-2021 school year.
- Four district work groups are currently meeting to develop reentry plans for August 24 by studying guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, educational associations, peer school districts and others.
- Survey data collected from more than 1,200 staff and 8,600 parents is being reviewed by the SPS team in order to address concerns and incorporate feedback into final plans.
- Our reentry work groups include more than 75 SPS representatives, including elementary and secondary teachers and principals, as well as individuals from the following departments: athletics, choice programs, communications, counseling, custodial services, data analytics, early childhood education, English language learners, equity and diversity, facilities and grounds, health services, human resources, instructional technology, learning support and partnerships, nutrition services, professional learning, purchasing, special education and transportation.
- Representatives from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, CoxHealth and Mercy are also lending their expertise to our work groups.
District officials asked parents for patience as they work to clarify and update the details for keeping students and staff safe in the fall.