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  • Updated July 20, 2020
     
    Back to School Plan 2020-21 School Year 
     
    Dear KSD Families,

    In anticipation of questions many of our staff members and parents will have through the coming weeks, we are scheduling staff meetings next week. We also have two options for family webinars scheduled on Thursday, July 23.

    Register Online for One of the Following:

    KSD Family Webinar - 5 - 6:30 pm

    KSD Family Webinar - 7 - 8:30 pm

    If you are unable to attend one of the webinars, a recording will be provided on this website.

    The week of July 27, schools will hold building-specific family webinars along with some members of our District leadership team. Each school principal will send families specific information related to the webinar for your school.


    Guiding Principles for the 2020-21 School Year

    • Every aspect of our reopening plan will be examined and aligned through a lens of equity, wellness, inclusion, and safety

    • All students/families who want in-person OR online options for school will have opportunities to do so, even if limited by social distancing guidelines

    • Consistent structures, processes, and communication will be created across schools and by level

    • Internal (family needs, achievement data, mental health) and external (CDC/health department) factors will be designed for flexibility so we may adapt to changing needs including cooperation with area school districts

    • Energies and resources will be dedicated toward meeting the immediate needs of students, staff, and families

     
     
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  • Attention to Social-Emotional Wellness

    by Including Online Resources Year Published:

    While academic learning will be important this fall, we cannot overemphasize the need to focus on the social-emotional needs and wellness of our students and staff.  Intentional planning work is underway to support both staff and students, with particular attention to well-being through a trauma-informed lens.  An SEL & Wellbeing Advisory Group will provide further guidance in the coming weeks, including a collection of resources to support staff, students, and families.  In addition, the district is implementing Second Step, a social-emotional learning curriculum, for kindergarten - 8th grade, and high school students have access to their grade level counselors.

    This focus on SEL will be in place regardless of our instructional model this fall.  A great deal has happened since we last gathered in schools, and the traumatic impact and stress related to these events will be real and likely very personal.  While a return to school will be joyous for many, it may at times lead to uneasiness, sadness, and even anger - particularly given new precautions and parameters that will be in place.  An intentional focus on relationships will be essential, and we will plan for dedicated time to get to know our students and build trusting connections as a learning community.

    All staff will be encouraged to learn about trauma-informed practices and to approach situations with students and colleagues through a trauma-informed lens.  Social-emotional learning (SEL) instruction will be essential, and our planned Second Step implementation will provide guidance and structures for this work.  Restorative circles are a valuable, proactive tool for building community and co-creating safe, supportive spaces, even online and/or with distancing guidelines.  Regular mental health checks will be valuable, at the system and classroom level, to help us best support our students and staff.

    The social, emotional, and mental health of our students, parents, and families is a priority of the Kirkwood School District. There are many resources to share with families during the summer months that can help parents and students navigate COVID-19

    Kirkwood School District uses Second Step as a social/emotional learning curriculum. Second Step has posted several online resources for parents.

    • Tips on Talking to Your Kids about the Coronavirus - Convey Reassurance & Risk - Online
    • Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19 - Online
    • Using Social Stories During COVID-19 - Online
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  • Attention to Social-Emotional Wellness

    Posted by Beth Knapp on 8/5/2020

    While academic learning will be important this fall, we cannot overemphasize the need to focus on the social-emotional needs and wellness of our students and staff.  Intentional planning work is underway to support both staff and students, with particular attention to well-being through a trauma-informed lens.  An SEL & Wellbeing Advisory Group will provide further guidance in the coming weeks, including a collection of resources to support staff, students, and families.  In addition, the district is implementing Second Step, a social-emotional learning curriculum, for kindergarten - 8th grade, and high school students have access to their grade level counselors.

    This focus on SEL will be in place regardless of our instructional model this fall.  A great deal has happened since we last gathered in schools, and the traumatic impact and stress related to these events will be real and likely very personal.  While a return to school will be joyous for many, it may at times lead to uneasiness, sadness, and even anger - particularly given new precautions and parameters that will be in place.  An intentional focus on relationships will be essential, and we will plan for dedicated time to get to know our students and build trusting connections as a learning community.

    All staff will be encouraged to learn about trauma-informed practices and to approach situations with students and colleagues through a trauma-informed lens.  Social-emotional learning (SEL) instruction will be essential, and our planned Second Step implementation will provide guidance and structures for this work.  Restorative circles are a valuable, proactive tool for building community and co-creating safe, supportive spaces, even online and/or with distancing guidelines.  Regular mental health checks will be valuable, at the system and classroom level, to help us best support our students and staff.

    The social, emotional, and mental health of our students, parents, and families is a priority of the Kirkwood School District. There are many resources to share with families during the summer months that can help parents and students navigate COVID-19.

    Kirkwood School District uses Second Step as a social/emotional learning curriculum. Second Step has posted several online resources for parents.

    • Tips on Talking to Your Kids about the Coronavirus - Convey Reassurance & Risk - Online
    • Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19 - Online
    • Using Social Stories During COVID-19 - Online
    Comments (-1)
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