Instruction & Services

State medical groups offer guidance determining on-site, hybrid and remote learning

The Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday accepted a new set of criteria local district officials can use to determine when schools should be open for onsite learning and other activities based on trends in COVID-19 cases.  The “Kansas School Gating Criteria” document was put together with input from the University of Kansas Pediatrics, Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Kansas Department of Health and Environment and education leaders who headed committees that produced KSDE’s Navigating Change guidelines.   The new medical guidance suggests that the learning model (onsite, hybrid or remote), student activities and access...

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Schools need to talk with county officials about use of COVID funds

School district officials should be working with their local county officials to access federal COVID-19 funds to help pay for the additional costs to educate students caused by the pandemic. That’s the advice of Monica Murnan, Director of Student Support Services with the Greenbush education service center, which is assisting counties in dealing with the state Office of Recovery, which recommends allocation of those federal funds. Murnan spoke to about 50 Kansas education leaders during KASB’s Advocacy Update via zoom on Friday. Here is a link to a video of the event. Through the CARES Act federal stimulus package, states received...

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KASB `Lunch & Learn’ today will focus on school reopening

At noon today (Wed. July 29), KASB will tackle the No. 1 and No. 2 public policy questions on the minds of Kansans — when will school start and how? Please join us for the Zoom forum, which will feature KASB Assistant Executive Director for Advocacy Mark Tallman, KASB Leadership Services Field Specialist Gary Sechrist and KASB Attorney Sam Blasi. The Board Leadership session is open to all KASB member boards of education and district leaders. There is no registration fee, however, pre-registration is required to receive access to the online sessions via Zoom. Here is a link to register. School districts...

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“Roadmap to Reopening” online session at noon today

What a week. Kansas education leaders released guidance on reopening schools and just hours later, Gov. Laura Kelly announced she will issue an executive order seeking to delay school reopening until Sept. 9 because of surging COVID-19 cases. To try to make sense of it all, join us at noon today (Fri. July 17) for an online interactive meeting called “Roadmap to Reopening: Framework Overview” on the major issues school boards face in planning for school this fall. To register, go to this link. Another session of "Roadmap to Reopening" will be held at noon Wed. July 22. Since, Gov. Kelly has...

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State Board of Education accepts guidance on school reopening

The State Board of Education on Wednesday accepted the K-12 reopening guidance but board members said local school boards will be making final decisions on how to start the school year and those choices will be tough. Meanwhile, Gov. Laura Kelly has scheduled a news conference at 3 p.m. today (July 15) with Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson and Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman to talk about the upcoming school year. Kelly ordered schools closed in mid-March, which forced schools to switch mostly to online instruction. Please follow KASB on social media for developments...

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Pandemic hasn’t stopped Kansas school redesign efforts

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down school buildings but hasn't stopped state efforts to re-imagine public education in Kansas. The Kansas State Department of Education on Tuesday announced more districts and schools joining the Kansans Can School Redesign Project. The latest phase is called Apollo II in keeping with the theme of U.S. space exploration efforts. The first redesign groups were dubbed Mercury 7, Gemini I, Gemini II, Apollo I and Apollo II. Under the redesign project, schools are realigned to focus on five outcomes for student success that were established by the State Board of Education in 2015. Those outcomes are social-emotional...

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Numerous K-12 issues to be reviewed during KASB Advocacy update on Friday

The KASB Advocacy staff will conduct an online session at noon Friday (July 10) to review and discuss numerous public school issues facing state education leaders. Kansas’ school reopening recommendations, Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to avoid K-12 cuts, the state fiscal picture, recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on religious school funding, upcoming primaries and more will be covered during the update. The meeting will be held online via Zoom. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The advocacy session is available to all who receive...

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Training for Evaluation of Principals and Teachers scheduled

KASB will offer it annual Training for Evaluation of Principals and Teachers in July. The first session will be held July 23 in Wichita and the second one on July 28 in Dodge City. For more information and to register, go to this link. This training is geared toward principals and teachers who are seeking best practices with the evaluation process to drive professional growth. The morning session will focus on evidence and artifacts seen throughout the evaluation. The afternoon will discuss the evaluation timeline and process. Team trainings can be scheduled for individual districts if needed.

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KASB School Law Workshop set for July 21

The KASB School Law Workshop 2020 will be held both on-site and online on Tue. July 21. The workshop for school attorneys, administrators and board member will cover numerous topics, including the legal implications of school closures during health emergencies, negotiations, board policy updates, IDEA and the relationship between the law and technology in schools. The workshop will be offered onsite at KASB in Topeka (includes lunch) and simulcast via Zoom for those who register to attend the hosted virtual session. A KASB staff member will facilitate the virtual session, which could be limited on the number of participants to accommodate...

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On-site and online, KASB schedules summer Regional Roundtable meetings

In July, KASB will offer on-site and online summer regional roundtables that will focus on student success amid the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening of schools after a five-month hiatus.  The sessions will offer education leaders the opportunity to discuss with KASB leaders and each other in small groups ideas to meet the challenges ahead. The discussions will focus on strategies, health and safety issues, funding and district goals.  Leaders will also be able to provide input on legislative topics in the runup to the 2021 legislative session.  To find out more information and to register go to the KASB website here.   Virtual sessions...

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