USD 253 Emporia Public Schools to begin academic year Sept. 2 Featured

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The USD 253 Board of Education approved a delayed start to the 2020-21 school year and plans for delivering education to students Wednesday evening.

The start date for Emporia Public Schools has been pushed back to Sept. 2 a week before Labor Day.

When the school year begins, the district will offer a hybrid parent choice education model for district elementary schools and a data-driven phased hybrid model for secondary education. The phased model was the main focus of discussions for much of Wednesday's meeting.

The model is designed to slowly bring students back to school in increments over the year, beginning with a consistent cohort of 100-130 students at both Emporia Middle and Emporia High Schools plus an additional 12.5 percent of the student population.

As part of the model's first phase, student groups will attend on-site classes once every two weeks, equivalent to 21 days of the academic year.

Board President Mike Crouch stated he does not feel it is truly a hybrid model as the majority of learning, at least in the beginning, would be done remotely. 


Board member Jeremy Dorsey voted in favor of the model. He stated he is not in favor of students being on campus only once every two weeks, however, it is important to keep in mind it is a temporary situation.


The board approved the elementary model unanimously and approved the secondary education model by a vote of 6-1.

Additional information on both models and the district's reopening plan is available for public viewing on the district's website at

In other business, the board reviewed the 2021 fiscal year budget as it currently stands and approved a notice of hearing publication in accordance with state statutes. The total budget comes out to just over $104 million with an estimated mill levy of 53.278, a decrease from the previous year's mill levy of 53.738.  

The board tabled an update on the district's reopening operations plan to its special meeting next Wednesday.

That meeting is scheduled to take place both on Zoom and at the Mary Herbert Education Center at 7 pm.

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