Maize (USD 266)

Elementary students K-5 resumed in-person learning and students at the middle school and high school levels transitioned back to a hybrid learning model on Jan. 4.

Elementary classes meet face-to-face five days a week while middle and high students attend classes in person twice a week on the same alternating schedule observed during the fall.

At the same Dec. 14 meeting where the school board voted to bring students back to classrooms, the board also unanimously approved to extend spring break to a full five days, March 15 – 19, 2021. To accommodate for the adjusted calendar when schools opened later that planned in the fall, the district had cut days off of the break. A recent decision by the Kansas Board of Education modified how student contact hours are counted through April, allowing districts to adjust calendars.

Maize originally pivoted to online learning in mid-November after the Kansas Department of Health and Environment identified Maize Elementary, Maize High School, and Maize South High School as cluster sites. School board members voted unanimously to stay online-only through the end of the year at the board’s Nov. 24 meeting.

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