Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced on Monday that she plans to sign two executive orders that will impact the 2020-2021 school year. The first order, known as Executive Order 2058, would delay the start of school until after Labor Day. This order will have to be voted on by the Kansas State Board of Education on Wednesday, June 22nd before passing. The order would mean that no district in the state of Kansas will be able to start the 2020-2021 school year before September 9th. The governor said this delay will allow for schools to purchase necessary items to keep kids safe when they return to in building classes.
The second order, Executive Order 2059, will not have to be voted on by the State. It will require masks to be worn by all staff, students and administrators at K-12 school buildings, as well as requiring everyone to have their temperature taken before entering a school building and will require hand sanitizing every hour. Exceptions to the mask rule include those with: mental or medical issues, those that are deaf or someone speaking to someone that is deaf, when 6 foot of social distancing is being recognized.
Remember that just last week the Kansas Department of Education approved a 1,000-page document that deals with classroom instruction, social distancing, the safety of teachers, students, staff and administration.
Some of the operating guidance at schools include:
— Students above fifth-grade, staff and school visitors should wear masks;
— Everyone should wash hands every hour;
— Social distancing of at least six feet should occur wherever possible;
— Students and employees who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 should be prohibited from school;
— Meal service periods should be extended to allow for fewer students in the serving area at one time.
Kansas City, Kansas Public School officials have been meeting over the past months to discuss a reopening plan. More details are expected to be released in the coming days as the district continues to work with the state and local government.
Wyandotte County Mask Changes:
July 15th, Wyandotte County made it mandatory for people exercising indoors and children and staff in daycare or learning environments will be required to wear mask. This is for children over the age of 5 and does not apply to students who are eating or sleeping.
Masks will be required during indoor workouts, weightlifting, and team sports.
The recent changes are in addition to the rules already in place by the county when it comes to mask-wearing and social distancing.
Kansas State High School Activities Association:
As of now, KCKPS will continue its optional outdoor summer conditioning program. The governors order delaying schools could impact the sports season as well. To learn more about any state announcements around athletics you can follow KSHAA at http://www.kshsaa.org/
Posted July 20, 2020