Students headed to the University of Kansas will need to get tested for COVID-19 before classes start for the fall semester. According to KU Chancellor Doug Girod, the testing requirement is also for all faculty and staff.
The first day of classes for Wichita Public Schools students is a little more than a month away, but Monday (Aug. 3) brought the first day for about 280 new educators in the district, learning remotely how to get ready for the 2020-2021 school year.
More than 500 Kansans are hospitalized with COVID-19. Among them is a Kansas State University student whose story has gone viral. Twenty-year-old Cecilia Erker hopes to get the attention of young people, hitting home that they aren’t immune to the virus.
The Sedgwick County Commission Wednesday held a special meeting to discuss how it can best allocate available CARES Act money. The near $100 million the federal government gave the county is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and an overall effort to assist communities in helping their residents.
Erin Hughes shares links to online resources or stores where parents can obtain posters and materials kids are used to having at school. While the group mostly helps families doing online or virtual school, Hughes says parents who have kids physically returning to school can benefit as well.
As school districts across Kansas submit plans for their local school boards to consider, projected start dates differ with some sticking to a recommendation from Kansas Governor Laura Kelly to start after Labor Day and others opting to start earlier.
In northwest Kansas, about a four-hour drive from Wichita, Rawlins and Wallace counties have a combined population of about 4,000 people. As of Thursday (July 23), the two counties are also the last in Kansas without at least one confirmed case of COVID-19. This is one reason Wallace County School District (USD 241) Superintendent Bruce Bolen is happy the decision on when to start school is left up to individual districts.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Thursday that he believes both counties and local school districts can exempt themselves from Gov. Laura Kelly’s coronavirus-inspired order requiring schools to have staff and students wear masks.
While Wichita Public Schools hasn’t yet made its start-date decision, Wichita Collegiate School, a private school from the preschool through high school level said it plans for students to return to its campus on Aug. 19.
Despite a split vote from the Kansas State Board of Education rejecting Governor Laura Kelly’s order to delay reopening schools, two of the state’s biggest districts are taking the option to hold off starting the 2020-2021 school year until Sept. 9, after Labor Day.
More than half of the COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Sedgwick County are now in people younger than 40 and with the school year around the corner, a new study out of South Korea seeks to provide more details about the spread of COVID-19 among teens.
Governor Laura Kelly's executive order requiring masks for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors at public and private K-12 schools doesn't follow the recommendations from the Kansas COVID Workgroup for Kids, a guide endorsed by Kansas pediatricians.
School districts across Kansas continue to work toward plans for education this fall as they wait for a final decision from the state board of education on when the first day of school can happen. Monday, Derby Public Schools released a draft of its return-to-school plan which was discussed at Monday night’s school board meeting.
Some Wichita Public Schools teachers gathered Monday, voicing concerns about the upcoming school year. Many say it’s not safe to teach in the classroom with the number of active COVID-19 cases in Sedgwick County. As of Monday, the county reported 1,671 active cases.
Kansas’ Republican-controlled state school board is facing pressure from conservatives to scuttle Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to delay the reopening of K-12 schools, even as a resurgence in coronavirus cases intensifies. The 10-member State Board of Education can block Kelly’s plan under a law enacted last month.
As parents continue trying to figure out what to expect with the upcoming school year, some parents are considering alternative education options for their children. While homeschooling is a growing interest to some parents due to the risk of COVID-19, they may not have the resources or time for it.
After Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Wednesday announced her plan to issue an executive order pushing back the start of the 2020-21 school year until after Labor Day, several teachers said it’s a step in the right direction, but they still don’t feel comfortable returning to a full classroom until there is a vaccine for COVID-19.
After Kansas Governor Laura Kelly on Wednesday announced plans to issue an executive order delaying school start dates past Labor Day, it is now up to individual districts in the state to come up with their own plans for fall.