Posted Date: 07/22/2020
Dear Andover Families,
I want to update you on news that unfolded today that will affect the 2020-21 school year. It’s been an eventful day.
First, as you may have seen in the news, the Kansas State Board of Education did not approve Gov. Kelly’s proposed executive order that would have required schools to be closed until after Labor Day. This leaves control over start dates in the hands of local school districts. In the coming days, our administration and Board of Education, with feedback from stakeholders, will consider whether to delay our start date with students from the original 2020-21 school calendar. We will let you know as soon as a decision is made.
We updated the BOE on our planning for the 2020-21 year during a special meeting this afternoon. As I mentioned in my message earlier today, Tuesday will be an important day as our task force of teachers, principals, district administrators, nurses and others meet to finalize details of our learning plan for the year. Because we know families need to know as much information as possible before registering their children for the year, we will delay opening online registration until Aug. 3. We also will push back the deadline to apply for Andover eCademy to a date yet to be determined. We believe that timeline will help you feel more confident in your decisions for the year.
After our task force meeting Tuesday, our Board of Education will meet later that week to discuss and consider recommendations for our calendar, learning models and other considerations necessary for the 2020-21 school year to be successful. We will share many more details then.
If you would like to share your thoughts with our Board of Education members and district administrators, we have set up a one-stop form for you. Please let us know your feedback by completing this form. We appreciate your input, and it is valuable in our decision-making processes.
This is a fluid situation, and we appreciate your patience and grace as we work through this. We firmly believe that announcing plans for the year with the most information available is better than announcing early and needing to change them. We also realize you need those plans to make decisions for the year. We will continue to update you in the days ahead.