Cape Girardeau Public Schools re-entry plan for fall 2020 includes online, in-person learning

Cape Girardeau Public Schools re-entry plan for fall 2020 includes online, in-person learning

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Families in the Cape Girardeau Public Schools system will have the option of in-person or online learning for fall 2020.

“We’re wanting to keep our kids safe, but we also know that they need an education,” said Cape Girardeau Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Neil Glass.

The school district released its re-entry plan on Thursday, July 9. You can click here to read the full plan.

It includes:

  • Early childhood programs
  • Elementary and middle school academic plan
  • Secondary academic plan
  • Special education and section 504
  • English learners
  • Screenings and triage
  • General cleaning procedures
  • Student transportation

Those wanting to enroll their child in all online learning, the Tigers@Home program, can click here to fill out an online application by July 31.

“If they are very self-motived, self-paced, and they don’t mind being on the computer for an extended period of time, and they learn that way, then by all means, take advantage of our Tigers@Home,” said Dr. Glass. “Make the best educated decision you can for your family. You don’t have to feel the pressure to make that decision on your own. We’re here to help you.”

School leaders said in-person learning will include some online elements to help transition students to all virtual learning in case the district is required to close in the future due to COVID-19 or another emergency. According to Dr. Glass, a large infection rate or too many student or staff absences could trigger closures.

The re-entry plan includes safety precautions for in-person classes including mandatory masks on buses and throughout the day if necessary. Students will have grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches and eat them in their classrooms.

They said parents and guardians should look for more information from individual buildings as it gets closer to the first day of school, which is set for Monday, August 24.

“Well, the forefront is the safety of our kids and the community. It’s uncharted waters for all of us. We’re trying to just play our part and be responsible as a school district,” said Dr. Glass.

According to Dr. Glass, this re-entry plan can be updated and changed at any time.

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