Derby (USD 260)

Students at all levels of Derby Public Schools who didn’t choose a remote learning model resumed in-person learning on Jan. 4. Derby’s Gating Criteria Committee previously voted in late November to transition all students online through winter break.

On Dec. 30, the committee voted overwhelmingly to send students and teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels back into buildings to start the new year. Members briefly considered a hybrid learning model but agreed in-person learning was preferable.

“Certified staff are on break right now, so this is why the transition to a new model not yet used this school year (hybrid learning) was referenced and would be more challenging to do at this time,” said Katie Carlson, director of communications for Derby Public Schools.

Derby’s decision to transfer all students online in late November came after Derby High School was identified as the site of an active COVID-19 outbreak by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Before the transition, students at all grade levels who didn’t opt for remote learning had spent the last 10 weeks learning face-to-face.

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