Newsroom Archive

March tax collections steady but future decreases expected because of COVID-19

March tax collections fell slightly lower than earlier projected, and Gov. Laura Kelly has warned that state revenues will likely decrease drastically in the coming months because of the shutdown of economic activity due to the coronavirus outbreak. Tax collections for March closed at $523.4 million, 1.6 percent or $8.6 million less than projected, and slightly more — 0.3 percent or $1.4 million — than March 2019. For the current fiscal year, which started July 1, revenue is running $165.6 million, or 3.2 percent ahead of projections, and $340.3 million, or 6.9 percent ahead of the last fiscal year. But while the...

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Census Day serves as reminder to fill out Census questionnaire

Officials have designated today — April 1 — as a reminder to respond to the Census questionnaire to get an accurate count. When you respond, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home. You can respond before or after that date. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak the public is strongly encouraged to respond online, although options for responding by phone or mail are also available. Go here for more details. Ensuring each Kansan counts holds significance for everyone in Kansas—but especially Kansas schools as the 2020...

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School business officials implementing new state, federal policies

As Kansas school districts implement unprecedented continuous learning plans for students unable to physically attend through the end of May, school business officials are also working to implement new state and federal employment laws.  KASB has provided a series of online interactive meetings for school board clerks, payroll and human resource officers. Those meetings have been recorded, and along with other supporting information, are available for KASB Legal Assistance Fund members by accessing the member portal through a link at the top of the KASB homepage. Click the member portal, log in, then click on “Member Resources,” “Legal Assistance Fund”...

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Details, deadlines for Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Federal law now requires school districts to provide family and medical leave benefits for COVID-19 related reasons to any employee who has been employed for 30 days or more. That’s a change from previous law. In addition, school districts must notify employees of their rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) by Wed. April 1. Each covered employer must post a notice of the FFCRA requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. An employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external...

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K12itc can help school districts with virtual learning

During the current COVID-19 crisis, K12itc, a leader in providing technology solutions for school districts, can help school districts offer a successful virtual learning environment by utilizing secure and reliable technology. For more information on these effective and efficient virtual learning programs, visit k12itc.com or go to the KASB COVID-19 Resource website here and click on Four Areas of Focus for Successful Virtual Learning. Based in Kansas City, Mo., K12itc is a member of KASB’s Prestigious Partner program, providing schools across Kansas and Missouri with cost-effective, customized IT solutions.  

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Federal efforts to support schools continue

Congress is on recess until April 20, but federal efforts to support K-12 public schools’ response to the coronavirus pandemic continue. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and other advocates are seeking a fourth supplemental stimulus package to help schools.  President Trump on March 27 signed into law the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will funnel $13.5 billion to K-12 public education. While the law provides funding to several important programs, the levels are short of the $75 billion education advocates sought in the stimulus package. You can read KASB’s initial summary of the...

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Districts continue special education services

With school back in session in Kansas through continuous learning plans, districts must also be providing special education to students, even if the way most services are delivered has changed.  KASB legal services staff has posted video resources with guidance on how to provide these services. These and other materials are available to KASB Legal Assistance Fund members through the member portal on the KASB website home page.  Nearly one out of every six Kansas students receives special education services under an Individual Education Plan, including students in private schools getting special services from a public school.  Some key points: when school...

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KASB posts legal update on new open meetings regulations

Kansas has approved new, temporary regulations to cover public open meetings requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.  To help school boards comply with these requirements, KASB legal staff have prepared an in-depth video recording with details of the new regulations and recommended best practices.  Key points: the regulations allow boards to hold “virtual” meetings without members being in a physical location, and they allow meetings to be held without providing a physical space for the public to attend. But meetings must be conducted in a way that lets the public follow in real time how the board is conducting business. The video...

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Many districts today restart `school’ amid COVID-19 crisis

Kansas families, students and teachers today experienced a case of the first day of school jitters like never before. Across the state, school officials re-started “school” through online offerings, prepared lesson packets and other resources in the face of the coronavirus crisis that has shut down school buildings in Kansas and across the nation. Words of encouragement, thankfulness and advice came from all quarters. “It is completely OK to be nervous about what’s ahead, as long as you also keep in mind that we will work through the nerves together, we will work through the uncertainty together, and we will succeed together,”...

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KASB virtual roundtable meetings will focus on board’s role in responding to COVID-19

Starting Thursday, KASB will conduct virtual board roundtable meetings, focusing on the policy and legal challenges of operating school districts during the coronavirus crisis. In addition to Thursday’s session, virtual roundtables will be held Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9. The meetings will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For registration information, go to www.kasb.org and click on Upcoming Events.   The meetings will give school board members and district leadership teams the opportunity to discuss issues that have arisen because of the pandemic. The sessions will feature chat and breakout rooms to allow interactive discussions. The discussions will also...

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