2020-2021 Return to Learn Plan

  • November 12, 2020


    The Hickman Mills School District Board of Education approved a plan to target January 19, 2021 as the date students begin returning to school buildings in the Yellow Health Status on a hybrid schedule. The ability to have students and staff report to school on this date is dependent on several factors around COVID-19 cases in the Kansas City area. Leading up to January 19, the district leadership team will monitor COVID-19 trends each week and will review the guidance of local and state health officials. 


    As a reminder, when the district moves to the Yellow Health Status students will return to buildings in a hybrid model with pre-k through second grade returning first, then third through eighth grade followed by high school. Please refer to the schedule below.

    • All distance learning continues through Friday, January 8th (Students & Teachers)
    • Monday, January 11th
      • PK-2nd grade Teachers report to buildings 
      • Burke & Crittenton Teachers report to buildings 
      • Distance learning continues for all students
    • Tuesday, January 19th
      • All PK-2nd grade students report to buildings 4 days/week
      • Burke & Crittenton students report to buildings on Hybrid schedule
      • 3rd - 8th grade Teachers report to buildings  
    • Monday, January 26th
      • 3rd - 8th grade students report to buildings on Hybrid schedule
      • 9th - 12th grade Teachers report to buildings
    • Monday, February 1st 
      • 9th - 12th students report to buildings on Hybrid schedule


    Additional information will be coming soon detailing what days your student will attend in-person school in the hybrid model.


    The HMC-1 Virtual Learning Program will continue to be offered to students in the second semester. Please watch your email for instructions on how to enroll in virtual learning. 


    We remain hopeful that the number of positive cases will decrease to a level that would allow the district to move into the Yellow Health Status. We encourage you to follow guidance by local and state health officials as well as the CDC including avoiding large gatherings, wear a mask and practice good hand hygiene. 

    October 7, 2020

            View the updated Return to Learn Plan

    At the Hickman Mills C-1 School District, we each play an important role in our shared goal of reopening our schools. As we move toward the close of the first quarter of the school year, we wanted to provide you with an update on the district’s health status.

    With the health and safety of students and staff as a top priority, HMC-1 will remain in the Red Health Status at the start of the second quarter, which begins October 22, with all students learning virtually.

    The district leadership team will continue to monitor COVID-19 cases each week and will review the guidance of local and state health officials. We will update the HMC-1 community each week and provide at least two weeks’ notice before moving into the next health status. We appreciate your continued patience and support.

    July 31, 2020

    HMC-1 will begin the 2020-21 school year in Red Status (Distance Learning) beginning Monday, August 24th. The district will remain in Red Status for the first quarter (October 21) and will start to re-evaluate the health status mid-quarter. Two weeks’ notice will be given before a transition to the next health status.

    Read the full Return to Learn Plan here.



    July 10, 2020


    HMC-1 families,


    As we look toward the start of school on August 24, we wanted to provide an update on plans for the year and to get important input from you. District leaders have been working hard on the safest way possible to “Return to Learn” for the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you for completing the recent survey. We also want to thank the re-entry task force made up of parents, teachers, staff and community members for volunteering their time to help craft a plan.


    As outlined in the graph below, the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise with 2,449 cases and 38 deaths in Kansas City, MO as of July 10, 2020. The virus is disproportionately impacting minorities.


    Covid Cases


    With growing virus cases in mind, we are moving into the final stages of completing our “Return to Learn” plan and need some additional input from you. HMC-1 families are asked to select from the two options below.




    In order  to adequately plan for the upcoming school year, families must commit to a full semester (August-December) of Traditional or Virtual Learning by Wednesday, July 15. After July 15, you may not switch from Virtual to Traditional Learning, as the staffing and programming will be established for all students.  


    Please fill out this form by Wednesday, July 15, 2020 to select the choice that best fits your family. If you have more than one student you will have to fill it out for each student in your household. Once you have completed the first form by clicking submit, please submit additional forms for each student in your household.


    Questions should be directed to pio@hickmanmills.org


    Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Superintendent Letter

  • HMC-1 families,

    This is a complex and historic time. Very little of our daily life has been “normal” over the past few months. Despite these complicated times, I want you to know that we are doing our best to add some normalcy for students as best we can.


    The safety and health of all students and staff is a priority. The commitment to keep our community healthy will drive every decision we make. The process for developing the district’s Return to Learn Plan has included listening to a wide-range of voices including many parents and staff. Additionally, the district formed a task force that included parents, staff, and community members. The leadership team has been focused on bringing the best strategies in the country and around the world in developing the plan.


    Some, but not all, considerations evaluated as the plan was developed include:

    • robust instruction for distance/virtual learning
    • providing PPE for students and staff
    • childcare needs of parents
    • best health/hygiene practices
    • utilization of space within buildings
    • mental health and social, emotional impact on staff and students
    • issues around food insecurity
    • immunization
    • extracurricular activities 
    • use of facilities, outside of instruction, such as playgrounds
    • immune deficient students and staff
    • identifying targeted student cohorts such as special education and ELL


    This document provides a summary of the district’s instructional options for the 20-21 school year as well as important safety precautions put in place for both students and staff. As we proceed through the year we will provide biweekly updates on next steps and unanswered questions.


    Thank you for your continued support for HMC-1 students.


    Superintendent Yaw Obeng