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 start Monday for many districts. Jordan noted that local school boards will need to conduct special meetings soon to approve the continuous learning plans.

Teachers have been advised to keep school lessons simple and make sure students and families have access to resources, either through printed materials or online.

The disparity in online access, based sometimes on income and location, is one of the major problems that school officials are facing, Jordan said.

But Jordan said Kansans are doing the best they can during unprecedented circumstances.

“I think our response in Kansas, from our educators, our teachers, our principals, our boards and our superintendents has been amazing,” Jordan said. “They got handed a pretty tough task a little over a week ago and I think they have responded great by stepping up and figuring out how do we make the best possible experience that we can for kids given the constraints.”



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