By Diane Miller
The school year calendar for Inman schools has been approved. Classes will start on Aug. 20. The last day of classes will be May 20, 2021. Teachers will report on Aug. 10. A copy of the calendar was not available by press time. It will be posted to the USD-448 website in the near future.
Janell Harman, school board president, outlined the concerns leading to this change. District administrators surveyed all faculty about the start of school and many faculty expressed a preference not to start classes on the original date of Aug. 14, citing a need for more time to plan their curricula.
The discussion covered the two teaching modalities that will be available this fall. The face-to-face option will be the more traditional classroom option. If these students need to be absent from classes for any length of time, they will receive instructional materials from their classroom teacher(s), similar to what has been done in previous school years.
An online only option will likely utilize purchased software to present educational content. This program has not been selected. Information will be shared with parents/guardians when it is available. The district staff, who will manage this option, have not yet been identified.
All faculty are returning. There are no newly hired teachers at this time. This gives the district the best path for creating a high-functioning curriculum delivery process for students.
Clarification is still needed as to whether students who utilize the online only option will be permitted to participate in extra-curricular activities like sports and FFA.
The governor’s executive order No. 20-59 will be enforced as it is supported by Shalei Shea, McPherson County Health Department administrator. This means masks will be required along with social distancing, hand sanitizer will be available throughout school buildings and temperature checks will be performed daily for those entering school buildings.