KANSAS SCHOOL FACILITIES CLOSED UNTIL MAY 29, 2020
Unprecedented circumstances that threaten the safety of our students and the professionals who work with them every day require swift, thoughtful and coordinated action. On Tuesday, March 17, Gov. Laura Kelly announced that school buildings across the state must be closed for the duration of this school year for the purpose of general student and staff attendance. However, learning will continue for Kansas students.
National School Boards Association
National School Public Relations Association
AASA-The School Superintendents Association
KASB is a member of the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA). Below is a COVID-19 checklist that boards may find helpful.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Resources from U.S. Department of Education include guidance for elementary and secondary schools and higher education.
HELPING STUDENTS COPE
- 033120 Talking with Children and Adolescents about COVID-19 (pdf)
- CDC (via NPR News Story)
- National Association of School Psychologist
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
040120 UPDATED Families First Response Act as applied to school employers (pdf)
Direct URL https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic
Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice
***Includes guidance on posting notices by April 1, 2020
Posters Employee Rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
- Visit the KASB YouTube Channel for additional updates and information.
- REVISED Regulations Open Meetings Kansas Attorney General March 25, 2020
- Members of the KASB Legal Assistance Fund, please log into the LAF member portal to access additional resources.
- QUICK START GUIDE for KASB Member Portal (pdf)
STATEMENTS AND MEDIA RELEASES
- Executive Order No. 20-07 Temporarily closing K-12 schools to slow the spread of COVID-19
STATE RESOURCES WEBSITES
KANSAS STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
- Get Present – Building Community and Connectedness Online 03.24.20 (pdf)
- Continuous Learning Plan Resources for Families 03.24.20 (pdf)
TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES AND SUPPORT
K12itc, a KASB Prestigious Partner and leader in providing technology solutions for school districts, compiled a list of resources and services that may be of use during the COVID-19 school closures. Many of the resources are free.
When communicating with employees, students and families about Coronavirus, here are a few helpful key messages and tips to keep in mind:
- The priority is the health and safety of students and employees.
- Schools work closely with public health officials and rely heavily on their guidance because they are the experts.
- Local and state health departments are the best resources for current information about Coronavirus.
- Emphasize what is known at the time of the communication.
- Include the date/time in all communications, including social media posts, because information can change quickly.
- Include best hygiene practices in communications.
- Create a web page that can be easily updated to links with the most current information from reliable sources, including the local and state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control.
- The best way to combat rumors and speculation is easy access to reliable information.