Student Issues

K12itc can help school districts with virtual learning

During the current COVID-19 crisis, K12itc, a leader in providing technology solutions for school districts, can help school districts offer a successful virtual learning environment by utilizing secure and reliable technology. For more information on these effective and efficient virtual learning programs, visit k12itc.com or go to the KASB COVID-19 Resource website here and click on Four Areas of Focus for Successful Virtual Learning. 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.  

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Federal efforts to support schools continue

Congress is on recess until April 20, but federal efforts to support K-12 public schools’ response to the coronavirus pandemic continue. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and other advocates are seeking a fourth supplemental stimulus package to help schools.  President Trump on March 27 signed into law the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will funnel $13.5 billion to K-12 public education. While the law provides funding to several important programs, the levels are short of the $75 billion education advocates sought in the stimulus package. You can read KASB’s initial summary of the...

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Districts continue special education services

With school back in session in Kansas through continuous learning plans, districts must also be providing special education to students, even if the way most services are delivered has changed.  KASB legal services staff has posted video resources with guidance on how to provide these services. These and other materials are available to KASB Legal Assistance Fund members through the member portal on the KASB website home page.  Nearly one out of every six Kansas students receives special education services under an Individual Education Plan, including students in private schools getting special services from a public school.  Some key points: when school...

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Many districts today restart `school’ amid COVID-19 crisis

Kansas families, students and teachers today experienced a case of the first day of school jitters like never before. Across the state, school officials re-started “school” through online offerings, prepared lesson packets and other resources in the face of the coronavirus crisis that has shut down school buildings in Kansas and across the nation. Words of encouragement, thankfulness and advice came from all quarters. “It is completely OK to be nervous about what’s ahead, as long as you also keep in mind that we will work through the nerves together, we will work through the uncertainty together, and we will succeed together,”...

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President signs $2 trillion stimulus. Here is what it will do for education.

President Trump has signed into law an historic, $2 trillion economic stimulus package intended to address the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new law contains several billion dollars in education funding to assist state governments and local K-12 public schools respond to students’ needs.   The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act legislation contains $30.75 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund to assist states, school districts, and higher education institutions for costs related to the coronavirus pandemic. K-12 public schools will receive $13.5 billion.  The CARES Act follows previous Congressional action on two previous COVID-19-related bills. One provided...

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For many districts, continuous learning starts Monday

For many Kansas school districts, the first day of school in the coronavirus world starts Monday.  Just 10 days ago, as COVID-19 spread throughout the world, nation and state, Gov. Laura Kelly ordered all schools closed for the duration of the school year and for the Kansas State Department of Education to implement a plan for the continuous education of the state’s nearly 500,000 students.  Two days later, a special task force headed by teachers, released a guidance on continuous learning that will allow Kansas students to continue with their studies despite school buildings being closed. For many districts, the rollout of...

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Key tasks for school boards right now

In two online video forums for school board leaders Thursday night and Friday morning, KASB executive, leadership services and legal staff presented information on critical tasks for local school boards as they confront the COVID pandemic. Approximately 400 school leaders attended. Participation was limited to board presidents, board vice-presidents, superintendents and board clerks to comply with open meetings requirements.  First, boards must determine how to conduct school board meetings that comply with both health directives like social distancing and the Kansas Open Meetings Act.  The Kansas Attorney General has proposed new regulations for conducting open meetings that have received temporary approval...

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KASB official reviews how schools have responded to COVID-19 crisis

KASB Deputy Executive Director Brian Jordan Wednesday reviewed what school officials are doing to start continuous learning for students after schools were shut down for the rest of the school year because of the coronavirus outbreak. “Schools being closed does not mean we’re not providing education and supports for kids,” Jordan said in an interview with the Kansas Farm Bureau. The interview can be viewed here. Last week, Gov. Laura Kelly ordered schools closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Since then, school officials have been cleaning buildings, distributing meals to students and preparing continuous learning plans that will...

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COVID and Kansas public education

KASB has prepared a summary of what has transpired during this unprecedented disruption of public education and this historic response by educators, policymakers and everyday citizens across Kansas. We hope this handy guide to documents and policies will help as we go forward and continue teaching the next generation of Kansans. School closure for health and safety  Commission of Education Randy Watson “strongly recommends” public schools close for two weeks. (March 16)  Statewide organizations representing school boards, teachers and administrators offer support and guidance for dealing with school closure. Joint statement by Education Organizations, March 16. (KASB COVID-Resources page)  Governor Laura Kelly orders...

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KASB to conduct virtual Spring Regional Roundtable meetings

KASB has transformed its Spring Regional Roundtable meetings into three virtual meetings via Zoom that will focus on continuous developments during the coronavirus crisis.  The meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on April 2, April 8 and April 9. For registration information, go to www.kasb.org and click on Upcoming Events.   The meetings will include discussion and updates on COVID-19, the board’s role, continuous learning, communication strategies and legal and legislative updates.  Once registered, participants will receive a registration confirmation from pinpoint@kasb.org that will include a Zoom link to join the meeting.      

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