Safety and Security

Safety Workshops Rescheduled

KASB’s School Safety workshops planned for this week and early August have been rescheduled to September.   “What Every Board Member Should Know About Safe and Secure Schools” will take place in McPherson on September 10; on September 11 in Colby; and in Olathe on September 12.   Click here for information on these and other KASB workshops. 

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Vaping Task Force gears up for school year

The state Task Force on Vaping/E-Cigarettes in Schools met in Topeka on Monday to continue its work to help schools respond to what many educators say is an “explosive” increase in the use of the addictive devices.  The Task Force was established at the direction of the Kansas State Board of Education following a May presentation by public health officials that shocked the state board members. They directed the immediate formation of a Work Group to develop recommendations by June. The work group has now evolved into a permanent Task Force that will make monthly progress presentations to the State Board; KASB Assistant Executive Director of Legal Services Angie Stallbaumer represents the association on the task force.    The...

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LFT in Manhattan for school safety and communications training

The Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2019 was in Manhattan Thursday and Friday for sessions on school safety and media training. The class, which is comprised of school board members, superintendents and administrators from across the state, spent Thursday afternoon observing USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden’s annual active violence scenario drill at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary school. The drill, held each summer at a different district school, involves intensive cooperation between the school district, police, fire and emergency medical first responders. Manhattan-Ogden Communications and Safety Director Michele Jones told LFT that the summertime drills have been nearly ten years in the making, beginning with...

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State Board awards safe school grants; KASB safety workshops begin next week

The Kansas State Board of Education awarded $5 million in grants for school safety improvements to 169 school districts at its monthly meeting this week, and KASB will begin three workshops on school safety and security next week.  KASB is conducting the workshops on “What Every Board Member Should Know About Safe and Secure Schools” in McPherson July 17; Colby July 18 and Olathe August 7. Click here for registration information on these and other KASB workshops.  It was the second year in a row the Kansas Legislature provided $5 million for physical safety enhancements. Districts requested over $19 million. The...

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KASB’s LFT class headed to Manhattan to study school safety, careers for students

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow class will be focusing on student safety and connecting students with career opportunities during its meeting this week in Manhattan USD 383.  School leaders from across Kansas are participating in the 2019 leadership program, which focuses on developing leadership skills and increasing the understanding of key education issues to raise student achievement.  On Thursday, the group will observe a violence drill at Roosevelt Elementary and then participate in a “Leadership through Crisis” session led by KASB’s Gary Sechrist, leadership services field specialist.  On Friday, the class will work on crisis communication and media training, led by KASB’s Carol...

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As schools look toward next year, KASB on-site training available

As school officials prepare for the next school year, KASB officials will hit the road across the state to facilitate training of staff, teachers, administrators and board members.   KASB offers numerous on-site training opportunities that provide needed expert instruction while reducing time and travel costs to your district.  You and your staff members can remain in your district while KASB sends experts to provide training in scores of areas that touch on advocacy, community engagement, public relations, legal, leadership and research.  This allows school boards or districts to save time and money while also receiving the up-to-date training that will help your...

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No interim education committee but many studies could affects students and schools

Kansas Legislative leaders have approved a slate of interim study topics for special and standing committee prior to the 2020 Legislative session.  The Legislative Coordinating Council did not appoint a special study on educational issues or school finance, but several topics among the list approved could have an impact on students and school districts.   Here are the committees and topics that KASB will be following: Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight (2 days): Review reports concerning Juvenile Justice Reform (2016 SB 367); Review impact of Juvenile Justice Reform on Department for Children and Families, Child Welfare System Contractors, and the...

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New federal opportunity for mental health funding

The U.S. Department of Education is inviting school districts to seek funding through the Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant Program to support innovative partnerships that will train school-based mental health services providers. Applications are due by August 5. According to the Department, the partnerships must include one or more high-need school districts or a state educational agency on behalf of one or more high-need districts; and one or more eligible institutions of higher education. Partnerships must provide opportunities to place graduate students in school-based mental health fields into schools to complete required field work, credit hours, internships, or related...

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KASB statement on immigrant children in detention

KASB appreciates Congress’s action to begin to address the inhumane conditions at facilities where immigrant children are being detained, particularly when separated from their families.   KASB stands with the National School Boards Association in recognizing that the inhumane treatment of children and their families seeking entry or asylum into the United States is traumatic for the children and their families. Lack of adequate food, housing, health care, basic hygiene, educational services and social and emotional support causes trauma that severely inhibits children’s ability to learn and function.  This issue is specifically a concern to KASB because we know some of these...

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Responses sought on current efforts to combat school bullying

A work group of the blue-ribbon task force on school bullying is seeking information through an online questionnaire.  The questionnaire is specifically directed at administrators, counselors, teachers and other support staff, but could be filled out by others, including board members and students. Here is a link. It asks what respondents know about current policies and efforts to address bullying, and what they wish the school was doing.  The task force was created by Education Commissioner Randy Watson in response to data that 28 percent of students in grades six through twelve experience bullying, despite years of efforts to address the...

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