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KASB cancellations

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, KASB has canceled all in-person meetings for March and April. A May 27 School Law Workshop in Wichita is still scheduled but could be subject to change depending on health guidelines. Please follow KASB through social media, e-mailed News Briefs and www.kasb.org.  

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KASB has COVID-19 resources

To assist local schools boards, KASB has put together a webpage with links to numerous state and federal sources concerning COVID-19 and how it will affect education and health. Here is a link to the webpage. The webpage also includes tips on communications, helping students cope and technology resources in addition to providing updates on the virus’ spread. KASB also has provided legal, specific district data and other information for KASB members in its Member Portal here.

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COVID Response: KASB to conduct forums this week for school board presidents, vice presidents, clerks and superintendents

To address issues for school boards surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, KASB this week will hold forums for school leadership teams. The forums will be conducted free of charge via Zoom at 7 p.m. Thursday (March 26) and 9 a.m. Friday (March 27) and will focus on what school districts and boards must do to start continuous learning during building closures. The 90-minute meetings will include plenty of time to ask questions and share information. The forums will be limited to school board presidents, vice presidents, clerks and district superintendents. This will allow the meetings to be held within compliance of the...

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During unprecedented emergency, educators working to re-start school

Despite the closure of school buildings because of coronavirus, educators throughout Kansas are providing free grab-and-go meals for students and working on continuous learning plans they hope to implement as early as Monday, March 30.  During a news conference Friday, Wichita USD 259 Superintendent Alicia Thompson said, “As adults, we can show our children what grit and resilience looks like and I know that we will make it through these very trying times together.”   When Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday ordered the closure of schools, educators statewide, often with cooperation from businesses and volunteers, scrambled to make sure students were getting...

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No state assessments; virtual board meetings

Kansas students won't have to take state assessments this year and local boards will be able to hold virtual meetings. Those were today's major developments as Kansas schools prepare to re-start alternative education plans in the wake of the shutdown of schools by Gov. Laura Kelly to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. During a KASB video, Angie Stallbaumer, assistant executive director for legal services for KASB, and Brian Jordan, deputy director of KASB, provided a daily update on education developments. The video can be accessed here. Earlier today, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that states could seek waivers to standardized...

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AG Schmidt releases proposed regulations to comply with Open Meetings law and social distancing

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Friday proposed regulations that he said are aimed at ensuring that meetings of governmental bodies remain open to the public while complying with social distancing requirements during the coronavirus outbreak. The proposals would affect the Kansas Open Meetings Act, which requires public bodies, including school boards, to be open to the public. “During a time of declared emergency when lives are disrupted, many people are apprehensive, and rumors can run rampant, the importance of ensuring openness and transparency in the government decision-making process is even greater than usual,” Schmidt said. “An important way for public bodies...

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Legislature approves school funding, much business unfinished

The Kansas Legislature approved a budget that keeps in place base state aid and special education aid increases approved last year and maintains most other programs at current levels before adjourning.  The Legislature ended the regular session two weeks early. The House and Senate are expected to return for the wrap-up session on Monday, April 27, but that is subject to change in light of the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, a long list of bills passed by each chamber remains unfinished business.  Details of school funding in the budget  The budget bill, SB 66, generally adopted the Governor’s budget proposal that...

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K12itc provides hotline to assist educators during school closures

K12itc, a leader in providing technology solutions for school districts, has set up a hotline to assist schools with technical questions and challenges as schools increase virtual learning during closures caused by the coronavirus.  The special hotline number is 1-844-841-3506 (toll free) or educators can email covid19help@k12itc.com. The hotline will be staffed and available from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Based in Kansas City, Mo., K12itc is a member of KASB’s Prestigious Partner program, providing schools across Kansas and Missouri with cost-effective, customized IT solutions.   K12itc has also provided a list of services that may be of use during the...

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Thur. March 19

The Legislature approved a budget Thursday that will fund public schools at the Gannon-approved levels as lawmakers adjourned the regular session early because of the coronavirus crisis. Legislators are scheduled to return for the wrap-up session on April 27, but that schedule may change because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The budget also includes a $7.5 million increase in special education and the Legislature is expected to consider additional special education funding after the state saved funding from below estimated enrollment expenditures. The spending plan also leaves in place $5 million for school safety grants, funding for the school mental health program and...

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Local boards will be enlisted soon to review new learning programs during COVID-19 crisis

Local school boards will soon be called upon to make important decisions to ensure that Kansas students are receiving education despite district closings caused by the coronavirus outbreak. During a video, Angie Stallbaumer, assistant executive director for legal services for KASB, and Brian Jordan, deputy director of KASB, reviewed the just released "Continuous Learning Task Force Guidance," which provides a framework for schools to re-start delivery of instruction to students. The video can be accessed here. Stallbaumer and Jordan said districts may be able to start teaching students again as early as Monday, March 30. But boards will need to work with...

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