State Board of Education to discuss re-opening of schools

The State Board of Education this week will discuss guidance for re-opening schools and how to handle another possible closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A task force, put together by Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson, is working on how to reopen schools safely — including sanitation, social distancing, busing and food service — and how to continue academic achievement and assessment if schools are interrupted again.

Gov. Laura Kelly shut down schools in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus and educators switched to online learning for most instruction through the end of the year.

The State Board of Education discussion will occur on Wednesday, the second day of the board’s monthly meeting.

On Tuesday, the board will recognize Winfield USD 465 early childhood teacher Tabatha Rosproy, who was recently named National Teacher of the Year after having been named Kansas Teacher of the Year.

In addition, the board will receive updates from the Kansas School for the Deaf and Kansas School for the Blind and numerous other initiatives.

Because of COVID-19 concerns, the board’s two-day meeting will be conducted by video conference. The public may listen and observe through live streaming at this link. The board’s agenda and meeting materials can be accessed here.

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