Great Bend will apply to the Kansas State Department of Education to start a virtual school in 2022. The school board has authorized the application, but it is not obligated at this point to start an online school.
(TNS) — Great Bend USD 428 will apply to the
Director of Teaching and Learning
Reiser said 250 students started the school year at home via GB Remote but some have since returned to their schools for in-person learning. On
"I think parents are realizing that a virtual school or GB Remote is hard," Reiser said. However, the district sees a need for it as some parents do want that option.
School board member
"Is that what works best for kids?" she asked. "We're finding that kids need social interaction. (And) when they show up in your classroom you have eyes on them."
"We can put some checks and balances in there," Reiser said.
"A certain percentage of the population has decided they are going to be virtual," Popp said. "We absolutely believe that kids being in the classroom with a teacher (is the best option)."
Essmiller noted that, ultimately, parents make the decision, just as those who choose homeschooling do.
"This is just the application," Popp said. "If there are too many hurdles we can always stop and not do it."
Popp said GB Remote is directed by
In other business, the board approved the requests to conduct fundraisers in 2021-2022.
Booster clubs, Parent Teacher Associations and school groups that conduct fundraisers are asked to submit a request to do so each year, Superintendent Thexton said.
"It takes a lot of pressure off of our community, so you aren't asked to buy cookie dough all of the time," he said. The administration tries to keep fundraisers from overlapping.
Thexton noted that two groups,
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