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Winter sports to start as scheduled; proposed moratorium shortened

Winter high school sports competitions will start on time, according to a vote Tuesday by the Kansas State High School Activities Association board of directors. The board, made up of nearly 80 school officials from across the state, also jettisoned a portion of medical advice to fight the spread of COVID-19 by approving a shorter moratorium on winter sports that had been proposed earlier. Health officials wanted schools to cancel interscholastic competition for high schools, middle schools and junior high schools for six weeks from Dec. 1 through Jan. 14 — some even wanted a longer moratorium. But the KSHSAA board of...

Comprehensive resource available to help families connect with assistance

A family that needs help with just about any problem a child could have is just a call or click away from connecting with that help by using a resource provided by the Kansas Children’s Service League. The comprehensive resource can also be a valuable tool for educators — teachers, staff, school board members and others — when trying to help students and families, especially during this turbulent pandemic. KCSL has launched a new 1800childrenks.org website and an app (1800CHILDRENKS) for mobile devices that provides information and connections to hundreds of programs addressing a multitude of needs, such as housing, food,...

State Budget Director says Gannon funding will be there

Gov. Laura Kelly’s budget chief on Thursday stated the governor would push for the increased public school funding called for under the Gannon settlement. State Budget Director Larry Campbell’s comments came during a meeting of the Governor’s Council on Tax Reform in response to concerns about school funding needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shannon Kimball, a member of the Lawrence USD 497 board and former KASB president, said many districts are having to spend more to combat the coronavirus while also suffering decreased enrollment. Campbell said Kelly is committed to pushing for the approximately $100 million increase for K-12 in the...

Board leaders discuss challenges and opportunities during KASB Coffee Chats

School board members on Thursday said districts are working hard to find replacement teachers, bus drivers and other staff as COVID-19 quarantines have impacted personnel. The comments were made during KASB Board of Education Leadership Coffee Chats that were held in various regions across the state via zoom. Board members from rural districts gave examples of superintendents and principals filling in as teachers, bus drivers, and kitchen staff as quarantines have taken effect. It has also been difficult to find substitute teachers in some districts, board members said. The pandemic has produced numerous challenges as many districts switch from between in-person to...

KASB Advocacy Update at noon Friday (Nov. 20) will focus on upcoming legislative session

Come join us for the KASB Advocacy Update at noon Friday (Nov. 20) to discuss key education issues that will likely arise during the upcoming legislative session. To register for this online meeting, go to this link. Mark Tallman, KASB executive director for advocacy, will review his recent series of articles on questions that legislators will likely want answered for the 2021 session, which starts in January. (Those can be read here). G.A. Buie, executive director of United School Administrators-Kansas, will join the discussion. The meeting will be held via Zoom. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. After...

Gov. Kelly issues new mask mandate; wants schools, businesses open

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Kansas explodes, Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday announced a new mask order and said she is determined to keep schools and businesses open. Under the order, which takes effect Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, counties that do not require mask wearing, would have one week to adopt a mandate or fall under the state order. Even so, Kelly acknowledged that current state law would allow any county to opt out of a mask requirement. Kelly said her proposal would allow counties to tailor their mandates to local conditions. In a news conference, Kelly urged...

School Board Leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic: Lara Bors, Garden City USD 457

No one ran for school board thinking they would be helping govern their district through our nation’s worst health crisis in more than a century. Debates over wearing masks, playing football, or even whether and how to open schools have kept school board meetings going late into many nights and filled the email boxes of school board members. During this time, we think it is important for board members to share their experiences with each other and the public so that we all may learn how to face this challenge before us. Lara Bors, is president of the Garden City...

Kansas elected leaders approve funding for COVID PSAs; state disaster declaration extended; Kelly says no shutdown

With COVID-19 at record levels, state elected leaders Friday agreed to fund public service announcements urging Kansans to follow what health officials have been saying for months to fight the pandemic — wear face masks, don’t gather in large crowds, observe good hygiene and socially distance. Meeting as the State Finance Council, the leaders also approved Gov. Laura Kelly’s request to extend the state disaster declaration through Dec. 15, which will allow the state through its various emergency agencies to help in the COVID response and gain assistance from the federal government. Under state law, statewide disaster declarations are limited...

2020 KASB Convention will feature different delivery but still focus on connections, sharing, solutions

The 2020 KASB Convention will include all the features that make the annual gathering of school leaders special — connections with board members from across Kansas, access to innovative ideas and solutions, and the opportunity to hear from state and national speakers.  However, because of COVID-19, there will be one significant difference from previous years. You can participate in the Dec. 2-4 event from your home or anywhere else with an internet connection since the conference will be held via zoom.  Dubbed “Creating Communities,” the 2020 KASB convention will help school board members hit the refresh button after what has been...

Federal grants available for remote learning support

Millions of dollars in federal grant funds are available in Kansas to provide quality education supports for children when schools are in hybrid or remote learning modes. Melissa Rooker, executive director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, which is administering these grants, is urging local programs that deliver safe, quality out-of-home care for children, to apply for the grants. That’s because of the $25 million to $40 million available for these grants, the deadline to apply is Dec. 30. So far, Rooker told the State Board of Education on Tuesday, only about $7 million has been earmarked. The funding was...

I’m From Kansas: Honoring veterans for their service throughout their lives

For people of a certain age, watching a TV show featuring numbers randomly pulled from a spinning cage wasn’t about hitting the PowerBall, it was about the anxiety that your birthday would correspond with a number that would send you to fight in a jungle half a world away. I’m just young enough not to personally worry about being called up. But I remember watching and knowing people whose number was called. That memory makes me think of two friends of mine, both of whom served in Vietnam. Volunteered. One for two tours. Both came home and embarked on a...

President’s Perspective: The path forward is to connect

As I write this blog on the eve of the 2020 general election, I am filled with anxiety about the response the election results will evoke from the public. This election has been more divisive than any election I have lived through. The pandemic has erected more silos and thickened the walls to overcome barriers already in place. People are isolated from one another and are yearning for connection. As local leaders elected without partisan lines, we cross the aisles to come together and make decisions for the children in our communities, our future leaders.   In my 12 years of...