Virtual Learning Resources
- Student Schedules, for our daily synchronous learning
- Technology Resources, including troubleshooting your student's Chromebook, our support for families without access to internet, and more
- Meal Distribution for our free meals for any children under 18 in Kansas City
Limited In-Person Learning Pilot Announcement - Spring 2021
It has been just over a year since the Kauffman School and schools across the country transitioned to virtual learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just over a year ago today, Kauffman School staff members were distributing laptops to students, teaching ourselves how to use Zoom and Google Classroom, and distributing meals from the backs of school buses. We have been so impressed by the resiliency of Kauffman students and families over the past year, and we remain deeply grateful for your continued support. As our staff prepares to receive their second vaccine dose early next week, we are optimistic for the eventual return of all students to in-person school.
As a sign of progress to that end, we are excited to be kicking off our in-person learning pilot program for a group of approximately 115 students in the 5th, 7th, and 10th grades. Participating students’ families opted in to this pilot program after a few cohorts in each grade level were identified to participate, and we are grateful to these students and their families for helping us to ensure we can welcome all students back to campus in the Fall.
The goals of this pilot program are to 1) hone our in-person systems on a smaller scale to ensure school runs smoothly and safely when students return in August, and 2) keep participating students and families healthy and safe by keeping our in-person enrollment low this Spring.
We look forward to welcoming all students back to campus in the Fall for the 2021-2022 school year, with exceptions being allowed for students and families who are at high-risk and who opt to stay enrolled in virtual instruction. We also look forward to welcoming ALL students back to campus this Spring for end-of-year testing. Please keep a close eye out for additional information about end-of-year testing and the 2021-2022 school year, which we will share over the coming weeks and months.
In the meantime, please reach out with questions or concerns.
Original Virtual Learning Announcement - Fall 2020
June 18th Announcement
We are grateful for your partnership, especially over the last several months, and we appreciate your continued partnership as we look to the 2020-21 school year. Over and over again, Kauffman School students, families, and staff prove that nothing will get in the way of ensuring our students have access to a quality education and all of the opportunities that quality education affords. And as we all do our part to work toward an equitable, just, and anti-racist world, education has never been more important to our students’ and our community’s future.
We also want to thank the over 600 Kauffman School families who participated in family surveys and follow-up conversations in recent weeks. Your feedback is valuable to us and has greatly informed decisions we’ve made. In addition to your surveys, we have remained engaged with state and local government and public health officials and education leaders throughout our city and state. In this letter, we will provide you information about decisions for Fall 2020 and will define the next steps you will need to take in the coming days.
Our primary goal is to provide all Kauffman School students with a safe, equitable, and high-quality learning environment. While the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges, we are proud that over 90% of families indicated they were satisfied with the virtual learning program we implemented once schools were forced to close.
We are all eager for a return to normalcy, but we know any return to in-person school would be impacted by the significant restrictions we would need to put in place for safety -- such as masks, temperature checks, and social distancing. With this in mind, we have done extensive research into our options for Fall 2020, including a hybrid option where some students are 100% virtual while others split their time between virtual and in-person school. A hybrid model would require us to split our staff’s focus across two school models, which we think would negatively impact the quality of each, and would require families to constantly adjust their routines on alternating days or weeks. Ultimately, we decided that the risks of this hybrid model do not outweigh the benefits.
Therefore, the Kauffman School will implement a 100% virtual school model in Fall 2020.
We did not come to this decision lightly. But based on your feedback, CDC guidelines, reflections on the initial success of our virtual school model this spring, extensive research into other options, and interactions with public officials and education leaders, we believe this option will allow us to provide the highest quality education to all Kauffman School students in the short-term while keeping our students, staff, and families healthy and safe.
As we look to Fall 2020, the Kauffman School commits to the following:
- Repeating the procedure of providing 100% of Kauffman School students with a Chromebook and supporting families to secure home Internet access if they do not already have it.
- Offering training opportunities for students and families to ensure students and families have the skills they need to fully access the virtual learning model.
- Improving our technology help desk procedures to ensure students and families can access in-the-moment support to address any technology challenges.
- Improving our attendance tracking and family communication procedures around attendance.
- Identifying opportunities for students to engage socially with their peers as well as opportunities to recognize, celebrate, and incentivize student success.
- Exploring opportunities to safely continue athletics and extracurricular activities even while school is virtual.
- Communicate frequently as we get closer to the first day of virtual school.
- Constantly monitor and evaluate conditions that might warrant a shift back to in-person school.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty and has required tremendous flexibility, one thing has remained constant: The Kauffman School's mission to "Create College Graduates." We are confident that any changes that we need to make due to COVID-19 will have short-term impacts, and we are confident we can provide students a quality education in 2020-2021 that will not interfere with this long-term goal. We are proud that 90% of Kauffman families indicated they share this perspective, and have said they would enroll their child at the Kauffman School regardless of whether we were in-person or virtual in Fall 2020.
To reaffirm your intentions for 2020-2021 given this new information and to officially save your child’s seat at the Kauffman School in 2020-21, please complete the survey at the link below. You will also have the opportunity to give additional feedback or ask questions as part of the survey.
Intent to Enroll Survey: https://forms.gle/7GtJrEVJwUiCBfen7
We are committed to our students' health, safety, and academic success in both the short-term and long-term. We thank you for your continued partnership as we look to the 2020-21 school year.