Sikeston schools release back-to-school plan

School leaders release reopening plan

SIKESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - The Sikeston R-6 school district released a reopening plan for the upcoming school year.

Complete with a virtual and in person learning option, the district hoped to have a sense of normalcy.

“We will be going back to school regular hours, every day,” said Communications Coordinator Sarah Thompson.

This year Sikeston K-12 parents have learning options for their children.

“We have an option where parents can send their students to virtual academy if they do not want to send them to traditional in person school,” she said.

She said the R-6 School District has an online learning program called Gateway Virtual Academy, which started in 2019.

“And those parents can basically keep their students home full-time. And they can learn online by Missouri accredited teachers,” she explained.

Students who choose to attend classes on campus will also see a few changes.

“There will be just a lot more cleaning involved in it,” she said. “Teachers will be required to do a lot more cleaning throughout the day.”

One of the biggest changes this fall in the Sikeston R-6 School District is that students will no longer be taking trips to the cafeteria to get their meals. Instead, their meals will be delivered right to their individual classrooms.

“Our hope is throughout the school year if cases go down, we can kind of relax things a little bit to go back to normal lunches and breakfast,” Thompson said.

She said the students and their safety is her primary concern.

“We’re just wanting to do the very best for our students. Keep them learning, keep them in a safe and healthy environment while they are learning. And provide our staff with all the necessary tools to teach those students.”

Thompson said the school district has four structured plans in place if coronavirus cases should appear at the school.

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