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Wichita Public Schools seeking parent, staff feedback ahead of next school year

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 7:02 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Before Wichita Public School students return to the classroom on Aug. 12, the district wants to hear from parents and staff about learning and safety. Although school has been out for a little less than one month, Wichita Public Schools staff are already planning for next year.

“We really want to collectively hear from people so we know what’s important to them as we move forward,” USD 259 Safety Director Terri Moses said.

Moses encourages parents and staff to give them feedback.

“We can’t go out and do what we’re doing right now and have a face-to-face with everybody, so a survey is our best option to get that information,” Moses said.

The quick survey focuses on learning and safety. It also gives parents and students a glimpse into how the next school year may look, including masks as optional.

USD 259 survey
USD 259 survey(KWCH 12)

“We know a lot of people want to remove masks and move forward. At the same time, we want to make sure people are well aware that a decision made today is not a final decision, because we have to track what’s going on in the community,” Moses said.

Last school year, the Wichita school district asked for feedback from its COVID-19 advisory committee, including from a recent graduate from the district.

“When I was serving on the board, I could only speak from my own perspective and the peers that I talked (with),” Recent high school grad Masha Yakubovich said. “I think feedback is so important and really, growth can’t happen without feedback. If change needs to happen, feedback needs to happen.”

Moses said the district “learned a lot” from the past school year.

“We learned a lot. I learned a lot on the safety side, in terms of how we interact with people, how we track people that come from our buildings, how we can provide better atmosphere in terms of air quality, those kinds of things,” she said. “I think the school district learned a lot about technology.”

The Wichita school district hopes that the survey will help to shape the next school year. So far, about 4,000 parents and about 3,000 staff, as well as more than 100 community members have responded to the survey. Feedback is being accepted online until 10 p.m. June 28.

Results from the survey will be included in the June 30 report to the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education.

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