Return to School Update: June 23

  • As we look forward to the return of our more than 21,000 students to school this fall, we wanted to provide an update to our community. The health and wellness of students, teachers and staff remains our top priority. As such, our reopening of school buildings will adhere to all national, state and local public health guidelines. NKC Schools has been in close contact with the Clay County Health Department throughout the spring and summer, and will continue to follow their guidance.  

    A team of more than forty individuals including physicians, district leaders, teachers, staff members, parents and community members have been hard at work over the last several months to draft a plan that ensures students safely return to learning when the school year begins. Working documents have been shared with our Collaborative Team for Teacher Negotiations, in addition to those participating in summer school and/or attending our Extended Calendar schools. Continual revisions are being made. As new information presents itself in the coming months, this draft plan will be modified accordingly.

    At the Board of Education meeting next Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., district leadership will provide highlights of our most current guidelines for returning to school. The Board of Education will provide further feedback. A finalized plan is anticipated mid-July for the August 24 start date. We invite you to watch the live stream of the Board meeting on the NKC Schools YouTube channel. If you have comments, questions, or concerns prior to next Tuesday, please contact us through Let’s Talk. We are excited to welcome students back!