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Impact of COVID-19 School Closings on Student Teachers

Impact of COVID-19 School Closings on Student Teachers

The following announcement was sent in the KPTP course to all of the ESU students completing their student teaching semester:

To begin, we would like to emphasize that our goal at Emporia State University (ESU) is to help you stay healthy and to ensure that you complete the requirements for your program so that you can graduate as planned in May 2020. 

We understand that you likely have many questions about the recent announcement that public schools are closed for the remainder of the academic year in the state of Kansas. We are working to help answer those questions as quickly as we can, while still ensuring that we provide you with accurate information.  

Here are some updates for you as of March 19:

Student Teaching Placement: We are hopeful you will be able to remain in your student teaching placement and assist your school as you are able.  If you hear from your district/school that you are not able to stay in your placement, please let us know as soon as possible.

  • Secondary contact Shannon Hall
  • PDS Elementary contact Sara Schwerdtfeger
  • MS-ELED contact Lendi Bland
  • Restricted License contact Shannon Hall
    • If your district/school determines you may remain in your placement, you should engage with your school community in any way they deem appropriate at this time. We understand that, in the near future, you will likely not be able to complete many of the expectations we traditionally think of as requirements for student teaching (e.g., lesson evaluations). For now, we simply ask you make every effort to learn from your experiences during this unique time in education. 
    • Restricted Licensure Interns: We hope your district is able to guide you with online learning for the students in your classes.  Please let me know if this is not the case or if your district has other methods for the students to continue learning in your district.  Be creative within your district guidelines.

KPTP: Due to the mandate issued to close Kansas school buildings for the remainder of the school year, faculty at Emporia State University will be scoring your KPTP this year.  The due date for your KPTP remains as March 30 at 5:00 pm.  Please continue to work on your KPTP and submit it in Canvas. If you were not able to finish a part of your KPTP unit or you are missing some data, you will need to include in the narrative two things:

  • Dates you were planning to give assessments, teach lessons, collect data, etc. Then state the reason why you were not able to collect data, teach a lesson, deliver an assessment, etc.
  • Describe what you could do as a teacher with the information you do have. How could you continue to support your students through differentiated instruction, change in lesson plans, additional instruction, etc?

ETS:  If you are still working on your PLT or Content Knowledge exams, please know ESU was hoping to continue services in the Testing Center with special parameters in place for the testing sessions. However, as of March 24, 2020 due to concerns for the health and safety of the staff as well as the testing students, remaining open at this time is no longer an option. The Testing Center will be closed until May 8, when a re-evaluation of the situation will occur.

Fingerprinting: There were several questions about the fingerprinting for your teaching license. We have reached out to KSDE with this question and are awaiting additional information. You do not need to have your fingerprinting completed to graduate for program completion (Restricted Licensure Interns). You only need your fingerprinting completed in order for your teaching license to be issued by KSDE.

Remember to wash your hands and practice social distancing.  Stay safe and thank you for being flexible. 

As more information becomes available, we will communicate with you as soon as we can.