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 educators on putting together continuous learning plans and applying for waivers to the law that requires a certain amount of classroom time during the school year. Stallbaumer and Jordan urged districts to survey local families to determine the technology needs of students for online learning and providing special education and English Language Learners programs.

Education will definitely look different now that schools have been ordered closed by Gov. Laura Kelly in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Boards should determine what are the most important learning components needed at this time and may have to change graduation requirements so that seniors aren’t penalized because of the closing of schools.

Many spring school activities have been canceled, although schools will still use this semester’s grades in determining eligibility for next fall.



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