LSR7 Roadmap to Reopening

Fall 2020 Reopening Programs and Support

As we prepare for the 2020-21 school year, our work is guided by a mission to  support students on all fronts by meeting their unique academic, social emotional, developmental and physical needs, including and especially students who experience other at-risk factors when they are not in our schools. We plan to offer as many programs and services as we can, while adhering to public health guidance this year.


Programs & Services

Nutrition Services

Please visit our Lee's Summit R-7 Schools Nutrition Services website for the most up-to-date information about school meals.

 

Transportation
If you have already signed up for transportation through the enrollment process and are preparing to attend in-person learning for the first time, please log into the PowerSchool parent portal to check for the bus stop. 
 
If you have not signed up yet, any changes regarding will need to be made through your front office.
 
Patrons can always find the closest bus stop by using this tool: Bus Stop Finder.
Before and After School Services

Currently BASS enrollment is closed. Please visit the Before and After School Services website for the most up-to-date information about after-school care.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where and how will my child eat lunch during in-person learning?

This year, in an effort to promote safe food distribution practices, all Nutrition Services staff will wear masks and gloves, students will wear masks in meal lines and cafeterias will be set up to promote social distancing and one-way traffic as much as possible. Lunch number keypads will be eliminated, and student meals will be checked off a roster.

The district will also implement the following protocols.

Elementary cafeterias:

  • To begin the school year, 50% of the classrooms will eat in the cafeteria and 50% will eat in the classroom per lunch shift
  • Breakfast will be a Grab and Go selection taken to the classroom which is normal practice
  • Students will eat in the cafeteria with a seat spaced between each student and grouped by class 
  • Markings on the floor will indicate one-way movement through the cafeteria
  • Students will be released by class to come to the cafeteria with the guidance of their teachers 
  • All trays, portion cups, and utensils will be disposable  
  • Seating charts for students will be kept by the teachers
  • Monitors will sanitize tables in between classes; students will not be allowed to clean the tables

Procedures for lunch in the classroom:

  • Students will come to the cafeteria to get their meals to take back to the classroom or nutrition staff will portion meals into containers and place on carts to be transported to each classroom by school nutrition staff and/or designated students
  • If meals are delivered to the classroom, teachers will take a meal count daily at the beginning of each day and send an email to the cafeteria  
  • During meal service in the classroom the teacher will mark off a roster those students receiving a meal; students will eat their meal at their desk
  • Students clear their trash and are responsible for wiping down their desk
  • Custodial staff collect trash from hallways after meal service
  • Carts will be retrieved by nutrition staff or designated student(s) return them to the cafeteria

Virtual Learning:  

  • Meals will be available for purchase/pickup curbside  
  • Meals would be offered curbside at designated locations daily with rosters listing each student’s eligibility  

Procedures for Secondary Cafeterias:  

  • The district will promote social distancing to the greatest extent possible in the cafeteria by spacing seating out to the degree possible and not permitting side-by-side seating. With school populations split and Online Academy students outside the building, social distancing will be more feasible.

  • Schools will also be determining expanded areas to eat, such as courtyards, corridors, etc.

  • Breakfast will be a Grab and Go selection taken to the classroom as is normal practice. All trays, portions and utensils will be disposable. Tables will be sanitized in between classes and hot meal service will be delivered in to-go containers. Students will be required to use their ID badges to scan their lunch numbers.

Will the district provide meals for hybrid learning students?

Students utilizing the hybrid model of learning will have the option to pick up meal kits every week to be eaten on their virtual learning days. You will pick up three meal kits each week to be eaten on virtual learning days. Each meal kit will include three breakfasts and three lunches, one for each day of virtual learning. Fewer meals will be included for shorter school weeks.

HYBRID GROUP A: Students will pick meals on Wednesday.

HYBRID GROUP B: Students will pick up their meals on Monday.

VIRTUAL ONLY STUDENTS and children under 18 not attending school: students will pick up their meals on Monday and Wednesday.

Pick up Locations beginning on Monday, October 5, 2020 (Monday and Wednesday)
Lee's Summit High School: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Lee's Summit North: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Lee's Summit West: 12:00pm-1:00pm

To ensure meals are available, families should fill out a form for each student. However, they can designate the same pick-up location for each student.

Meal costs are free.

Click here to access the meal request form.

What community resources are available to help LSR7 families?

Families can find links to community resources for food, clothing, employment, child care and more at this link.

How will the district keep students safe on the bus?

LSR7 has one of the largest bus rider populations in Missouri. It is not currently feasible to meet the needs of all of our current bus riders and keep students six feet apart. The Transportation Department is strongly encouraging families who have the ability to find additional means of getting to school to consider alternative options so that we can create the safest environment possible for our students most in need of bus transport.

The Transportation Department will make our buses as safe as possible by:

  • Eliminating the use of first rows to promote distance between riders and drivers.
  • Requiring masks to be worn on the bus.
  • Assigning seats for all grade levels and using a seating chart for contact tracing.
  • Requiring siblings and family members to sit together.
  • Limiting seats to two students (high school); two or three (middle school) and three (elementary).
  • Cleaning touch points such as handrails and seat tops between routes
  • Eliminating friend ride-alongs and limiting one-day ride passes
  • Educating students about the importance of social distancing at bus stops
  • Requiring bus drivers to self-screen prior to daily routes.
  • Providing masks, sanitizing supplies and other PPE to bus drivers.
  • Encouraging parents to select one bus stop assignment for their children.

Note: While we will continue to serve as many students as we can, county restrictions may prompt more severe measures such as expanding parent transport/walk zones or adjusting school bell times.

What changes will be made to the Before and After School Services program?

Programming for children will be established based on the district’s chosen format and will be offered to the greatest extent possible.  Regular communication to families will be provided through EZ Child Track via email and text as well as posts on BASS website and Facebook.  BASS will follow restricted guidance on group sizes and utilize a waitlist at a site that reaches a maximum number of students.  

  • Maximum of 60 students at each elementary site while maintaining stable groups of 20 or less
  • Maximum enrollment of 24 preschoolers ages 3-5 while maintaining stable groups of 12 or less.
  • Maximum enrollment of 18 middle school/high school students
  • Large group activities, events and field trips will be eliminated.
  • Individual activity tubs with supplies will be provided to each child, and curriculum activities will be facilitated with social distancing in mind.
How will LSR7 support the well-being of students?

LSR7 is committed to supporting the social-emotional health of our students, in addition to academic needs. As COVID-19 continues to impact our lives at home and at school, LSR7 will promote student well-being, strengthen relationships between students and staff and build safe and supportive learning environments, regardless of whether we are learning at school or virtually.

LSR7 will support students by:

  • Identifying students and families who need additional support and establishing frequent contact
  • Utilizing check-ins and morning meetings to ensure connection with students
  • Incorporating community circles and other welcoming activities into return to school plans
  • Equipping teachers with strategies to reconnect students to learning
  • Modeling a culture of grace, understanding and flexibility as we support the varying needs of our students.
  • Initiating targeted support to meet the needs of identified students.
How will LSR7 support the well-being of staff?

LSR7’s staff members supported both the academic and social-emotional needs of our students throughout the pandemic with their talent and resilience, and we are committed to building a supportive environment for our staff members as well. 

LSR7 will support staff members by:

  • Providing professional development related to well-being and social-emotional health to staff
  • Building teams of counselors, educational therapists and school nurses to support staff and assist with problem-solving.
  • Providing support as needed through behavior intervention support teams
  • Communicate and educate employees on leave and accommodation processes available through Human Resources.
  • Have frequent check-ins, observations and feedback sessions with staff members
  • Enforcing health and safety protocols that aim to keep our school community, including our staff members, as safe as possible.
What can families do to support our staff and our school community?
  • Reinforce the importance of respecting the teachers and staff members who care deeply about your student’s success.
  • Talk to your student about the changes they will see at school and reinforce that following new health and safety measures will keep our school community safe.
  • Reestablish daily routines for the school day, and incorporate exercise in a socially distanced way if possible.