Kansas Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying to meet May 28; public comment ground rules

The Kansas Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying will hold its first meeting later this month and is seeking public comment on ways to address bullying.

The initial meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tue. May 28 in Clearwater at the South Central Kansas Education Service Center.

The goals of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying are to study the problem, coordinate with stakeholders, review work in areas of social and emotional learning; review current statutes and practices and make recommendations to the State Board of Education.

Members of the 37-member task force include educators, legislators, counselors, parents, advocates, attorneys and others. Lori Blake, who serves on the KASB board, is KASB President-Elect Designee and a member of the Southeast of Saline USD 306, will serve on the task force, as well as KASB’s Donna Whiteman, associate executive director/legal services. State Board member Jean Clifford, of Garden City, will serve as the State Board’s liaison.

The task force will be seeking public input either through written or verbal comments. Ground rules for public comment are as follows:

Submitting Written Public Comments

The public may submit comments in written form to be read by the chairperson and/or distributed at task force meetings during the public input session, if unable to present in person.

Written comments can be submitted via email to Amy Martin at admartin@ksde.org and received at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting. Any written comments submitted after that time may be read and/or distributed at a later meeting.

Written input must include the name, address and county of residence of the person submitting comment.

Written comments will be part of the public meeting documents received by the panel. If special assistance to participate in the public input session is needed, please contact Amy Martin.

Submitting Verbal Public Comment

Prior to start of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying meeting, be sure to sign in on the “Public Comment” sign-in sheet.

Those choosing to make public comment will be seated in the guest section for the meeting.

Refer to the task force agenda for the time period to provide public input.

The time limit for verbal comments is three minutes. Those making public comment will be given a verbal cue one minute before time expires. Please keep comments factual and objective. Please avoid using names of students or staff members.

Please provide the task force a written copy of your verbal comments so that it may be included in the public meeting documents.

Comments will be taken under advisement by the task force.

In addition to the May 28 meeting in Clearwater, the task force will meet on the following dates:

June 18 — Southwest, Kansas at site to be determined
Aug. 5 — Smoky Hills Education Service Center, Salina
Sept. 25 — Southeast Kansas Education Service Center (Greenbush)
Nov. 6 — Greenbush Education Service Center in Lawrence
Dec. 2 Either Topeka or Lawrence

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