Lee’s Summit school board OKs moving students in grades 4-12 to remote learning


Facing substitute staffing challenges, and health concerns, Lee’s Summit called a special school board meeting Tuesday to determine academic futures.The school board voted to move grades 4-12 to a virtual learning mode beginning Monday, with a target return date of Jan. 25. Board members voted 5-2 to continue in-person learning for pre-K through third grade.The superintendent has seen big a change in the last week. The virus isn’t just spreading outside of school.”Now, we have multiple cases where spread happened at school,” said Dr. David Buck, superintendent of Lee’s Summit schools.Parents understand the health concerns. They also understand academic concerns.”The online schooling thing is not working and my sons are not doing great at school, and so this is not good news for us,” parent Noelle Davis said.Many students prefer learning kinesthetically.”Previously, when the school went virtual, the academics weren’t as good as they were going on campus,” said Ashley Hagan.The challenges aren’t just in Lee’s Summit. Half the state is faring far worse, especially in rural parts of Missouri.”I think it’s terrifying because the kids are disconnected when they’re at home, but I think we really do have to look at what’s best even if it’s just short term,” said parent Amanda Dimino.

Facing substitute staffing challenges, and health concerns, Lee’s Summit called a special school board meeting Tuesday to determine academic futures.

The school board voted to move grades 4-12 to a virtual learning mode beginning Monday, with a target return date of Jan. 25. Board members voted 5-2 to continue in-person learning for pre-K through third grade.

The superintendent has seen big a change in the last week. The virus isn’t just spreading outside of school.

“Now, we have multiple cases where spread happened at school,” said Dr. David Buck, superintendent of Lee’s Summit schools.

Parents understand the health concerns. They also understand academic concerns.

“The online schooling thing is not working and my sons are not doing great at school, and so this is not good news for us,” parent Noelle Davis said.

Many students prefer learning kinesthetically.

“Previously, when the school went virtual, the academics weren’t as good as they were going on campus,” said Ashley Hagan.

The challenges aren’t just in Lee’s Summit. Half the state is faring far worse, especially in rural parts of Missouri.

“I think it’s terrifying because the kids are disconnected when they’re at home, but I think we really do have to look at what’s best even if it’s just short term,” said parent Amanda Dimino.



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