Local education leaders encouraged to plan for numerous contingenciesScott Rothschild
Local education leaders are being encouraged to plan for numerous contingencies as they prepare for the next school year.
KASB Deputy Executive Director Brian Jordan and USA-Kansas Executive Director G.A. Buie said local school boards and superintendents have a monumental task as they work to re-open schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A brief video of their comments can be seen here and can serve as an introduction to two online sessions — “Roadmap to Reopening: Questions Education Leaders Should Address.” These sessions will be held at 1:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday (June 18). The online Zoom sessions are free, but registration is required. To register for the 1:15 p.m. session, go to this link, and to register for the 5:30 p.m. session, go to this link.
To ensure community buy-in, Jordan and Buie encouraged local education leaders to seek as much input as possible from their communities on re-opening schools but recognize that schools may have to pivot quickly as they did in March when schools were shut down for the remainder of the school year. Plans may have to change, Jordan said, “but the process of planning is critical.”
The Kansas State Department of Education is working on guidance for schools for the upcoming school year and many local districts are also putting together plans and options. “The conversations we are having now can lead right into that guidance,” Buie said.