District Reopening Update as of 7-22-20 from Superintendent Dan Wessel
Today the Kansas State Board of Education voted 5-5 on the Governor’s Executive Order to move the start date of all schools in Kansas. With a tied vote, the Executive Order did not pass, and the school start time stays at a local decision. Lansing School District has been working diligently on our plans for the beginning of the school year and have two plans based on starting school at the original proposed date of August 18, 2020 and a draft calendar based on delaying the start of school until September 9, 2020. District personnel will be recommending a proposal on the school start date and discussing our draft plans with the Lansing USD469 Board of Education on Monday, July 27.
Our current timeline for decision making is below:
- Wednesday, July 22 - All Building Plans for Re-Opening School are due to the district. Building plans were developed by teacher representative and administrators in each building.
- Thursday, July 23 – District Leadership Team Meeting to discuss reopening. This will include a discussion about our recommendation on school start date and preliminary plans. Preliminary draft plans will be sent to all staff and site councils for input in the afternoon.
- Friday, July 24 – District Professional Development Council (PDC) sets the training timeline for all staff to prepare for reopening plans. This will include additional training for Remote Learning and integration of Learning Management System at all levels (Google Classroom for grades K-8 and Canvas for grades 9-12). All of the building leadership teams have also done extensive planning for the safety of our students as they come back to school. The PDC will also plan training for best practice and procedures for students across all buildings to be safe in our school buildings.
- Monday, July 27 – Lansing School Board Special Meeting at 6 PM to discuss preliminary plans and draft calendar.
- Tuesday, July 28 - District Leadership Team meeting to discuss staff, parent, and BOE Feedback on the plans.
These are unprecedented times in our world, and I would like to take a second to say, “Thank You.” Thank you for patience as we work through our plans for a safe return, whenever that may be. Thank you for trusting us with your precious loved one. Educators know the importance of a strong education for all students, and we will continue to work everyday to provide that for our Lansing Community.
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