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11/20/20 Update: Thank you to everyone who completed our recent stakeholder surveys. Below are results of the surveys by stakeholder group and building level.

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11/3/20 Update: Students at Andover Middle School and Andover Central Middle School will return to hybrid learning on Monday, Nov. 9. Click here for more information.

The Andover Board of Education has approved our district’s Roadmap to Reopening, our plan for the 2020-21 school year. We believe this plan:

  • Allows our schools to open as safely as possible.
  • Provides a structure for monitoring health conditions that could lead to changes in learning models during the school year.
  • Gives families choice if they prefer virtual learning for the 2020-21 school year.

We will post more information as it becomes available. Please email info@usd385.org if you have a specific question you would like answered.

Family Playbook Now Available

Click here to view our Family Playbook for the 2020-21 year. This document will be updated throughout the year to reflect the most updated information available to help keep our school community safe. This document includes many details about the school year.

Elementary and Middle School In-Person Learning Model

We currently are offering in-person learning for elementary and middle school students.

  • Safety measures will be in place, including masks, enhanced cleaning and social distancing when possible.
  • Students will remain in a cohort group as much as possible.
  • If mandated by the health department or government entity, or through action by the Andover Board of Education, pivoting to hybrid or remote learning may be required if conditions warrant.

High School Hybrid Learning Model

High school students currently are learning in a hybrid model. Students attend in-person instruction two days a week and work remotely three days a week.

When in person, safety measures will be in place, including masks, enhanced cleaning and social distancing when possible.

COVID Response and Assessment Team

We have assembled a COVID Response and Assessment Team to help us make decisions throughout the year about the most appropriate models of care given current community health data.

This is a group of health care professionals, business and community leaders, parents, Board of Education members and district staff who will convene every two weeks to analyze health data. This group will recommend to our Board of Education whether to remain in our current models of learning or to move to either less restrictive or more restrictive models.

The Assessment Team’s first meeting will be September 22, when they will make a recommendation to the Board of Education about whether a shift to an in-person learning model for all students should be made for the weeks of September 28-October 9. This evaluation process will continue throughout the school year.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also is developing guidelines that will help schools make these decisions.

Andover eCademy

The deadline to complete the Intent to Register form for Andover eCademy has now passed. eCademy can no longer accept additional student transfers. Please email info@usd385.org if you have additional questions.

Registration

Registration for the 2020-21 school year opens around noon on Monday, Aug. 3. Parents/guardians will receive an email with instructions for how to complete registration. If you are unsure about which learning model you will choose, we would encourage you to wait to complete registration until that decision is made. Registration will close at the end of the day on Friday, Aug. 14. This change will allow us to allocate additional staffing to eCademy if enrollment warrants.

New calendar

The Board of Education approved a revised district calendar that reflects the new start date of Sept. 8. The majority of professional learning days will be before the start of school so educators can better collaborate and prepare for the various scenarios they may face during the school year. We were able to complete this calendar while leaving holidays and breaks (including winter break and spring break) untouched, and still dismissing the school year before Memorial Day.

Safety measures

In addition to the safety measures mentioned above (wearing of masks, enhanced cleaning and social distancing when possible), many other safety measures will be taken throughout the district. Those include, but are not limited to:

  • Educating students about proper mask wearing and hand sanitizing.
  • Limiting shared materials in the classroom.
  • Ensuring only approved cleaning supplies are used in buildings, and ensuring there are extra cleaning supplies in classrooms.
  • Encouraging students not to use lockers at the secondary level to minimize congregating in hallways.
  • Eliminating large gatherings of students such as assemblies.
  • Encourage directional traffic in hallways to maximize social distancing.
  • Eliminating the use of cloth furniture that cannot be easily cleaned.
  • Maximizing space and scheduling to allow for social distancing during breakfasts and lunches.
  • Using barcode scanners to pay for lunch to eliminate the need for keypads.
  • Family units sitting together on the bus. Also, students will load from the back to the front of the bus, and unload from the front to the back to minimize potential exposure.
  • Hiring additional custodians to ensure cleaning of buildings.

Equity for all students
Our special education, English language learners, and students who meet at-risk criteria may require more onsite instructional time when schools are operating in a hybrid learning environment. The Board of Education approved the flexibility to meet individual learning needs through additional onsite instruction. Please speak with your child’s school for more information.

Gating Criteria Data

The COVID Response and Assessment Team uses data from the previous two weeks, in conjunction with Gating Criteria, to make recommendations to the Board of Education. Data is a snapshot as of the reporting date. Because state and county sources often revise data from previous weeks, data points may no longer match what is on other websites.

Nov. 3, 2020 (revised)
Oct. 19, 2020
Oct. 5, 2020

COVID Response Form

We want to know your feedback about how the district is doing in its response to the COVID pandemic and its Roadmap to Reopening. Please complete the form below to provide your input.

COVID feedback form