Barry News

Friday, August 7th 2020

Update on Reopening - Declarations due Monday, August 10th

Dear Barry Families,

With the change in our in-person offering being our Alternating Schedule option, our district has extended the window for declaring remote or in-person to Monday, August 10th. We still have families that have not declared at this point. We encourage you to do so for us to be able to accurately plan staffing, arrival, dismissal, food service, and our building procedures/protocols.

If you had already declared, but would like to change your declaration, please reach out to our building by calling 816-436-9623 or emailing me at You are unable to change your declaration in the Parent Portal, but we are happy to assist you in this process at the building.

If you need directions again regarding how to declare for the first time, feel free to reference our newsletter from last week linked here.

Important Immunization Info for 8th Graders

If your child is entering the 8th grade, whether in person or online, they must have provided proof of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine before they will be able to proceed with the 2020-21 academic year.

If you have not already provided proof of having received these two vaccinations, please provide a copy of your vaccination paperwork via:

  • Email to Nurse Kelly Thomas at

  • Drop off in the Barry office anytime between now and 8th Grade Registration on Aug 27

  • Bring to 8th Grade Registration with you on Aug 27

Please email Nurse Kelly Thomas at with any questions or concerns.

In-Person Alternating Schedule Information

The alternating schedule will begin on Tues, Sept 8, with 6th-12th grade students in the A Group (last names A-K) attending on-campus and 6th-12th grade students in the B Group (last names L-Z) participating in off-campus learning. (See chart and more details on this below.*) The alternating schedule will continue to rotate on-campus/off-campus daily when students are in attendance. The schedule will pick up where it left off after any NO SCHOOL days.

What will teaching and learning look like in this scenario?

The Alternating Schedule scenario will operate with a schedule where students rotate attendance so that approximately 50% of the student enrollment will be in attendance on any given day. The schedule would be as follows:

  • A” Day: Approximately 50% of students in physical attendance - by letter of the alphabet (last name), to include those living in the same household. The other 50% engaged in learning off-campus.

  • “B” Day: Rotate so that the groups alternate between on-campus and off-campus learning.

*To start the school year, students in 6th-12th grades will be in the A Group if the oldest student in the household has a last name that begins with A-K. Students in 6th-12th grades will be in the B Group if the oldest student in their household has a last name that starts with L-Z. During on-campus learning, students will follow their traditional schedule and will engage face-to-face with teachers and classmates in meaningful learning experiences that also prepare them for the following day of off-campus learning.

During off-campus learning, students will prepare for the next on-campus day, or use the day as an extension of the previous on-campus day. Students will not need to log on at designated times, but rather, can work at their own pace during an off-campus day. Daily, teachers will conduct on-campus learning, including preparing students for extensions of the learning during off-campus days.

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Fall Sports Update

Please click the link for each sport below for more information:

8th Grade Football - Begins 8/17/20 with practices at PCMS from 3-5pm

8th Grade Volleyball - Begins 8/24/20 with practices one week at PCMS, then one week at Barry MS from 3-5 pm

7th/8th Grade Cross Country - Begins 8/25/20 with practices at Barry School from 3-5pm

All athletes need to turn in the following forms in order to practice:

All athletes need to turn in the following form in order to compete:

Forms can be turned into their coaches or scanned and emailed to

Upcoming Dates

New Students to the District - Registration/Enrollment

Monday, August 10th from 8 am - 3 pm

All Students - Back To School Night and Lifetouch Student Pictures

The details for each event listed below are being finalized next week. Our intentions are to communicate the purpose of each event, who should attend, and what procedures/protocols will be in place to ensure a safe environment for our Barry families and staff.

6th Grade Back To School Night: Tuesday, August 25th from 2 pm - 6 pm

7th Grade Back To School Night: Wednesday, August 26th from 2 pm - 6 pm

8th Grade Back To School Night: Thursday, August 27th from 2 pm - 6 pm

5th Grade Meet the Teacher: Wednesday, September 2nd from 5 pm - 6 pm (Pictures for 5th Grade and ECSE will be taken during school on August 27th).

6th Grade Meet the Teacher: Thursday, September 10th from 6-7 pm