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Monday BOE meeting to determine start of school year


Posted Date: 07/26/2020

The Andover Board of Education will hold a special meeting Monday to consider delaying the start of the school year until Tuesday, Sept. 8.

As a reminder, at its meeting on Wednesday, July 22, the Kansas State Board of Education did not approve proposed Executive Order 20-58, which would have delayed the start of the school year for students across the state until after Labor Day.

Following the state board meeting, we surveyed our educators to include their voices in the recommendation about when to start the year with students in Andover. The feedback from our educators overwhelmingly supported having teachers report back as planned in mid-August, and delaying the start date for students. A majority of families we have heard from since then also favor a delay to the start of the year.

This delay for students will provide time to finalize district health and safety protocols. In addition, it will enable our staff to engage in professional learning and collaboration time as they plan instruction for the learning models that will be offered during the 2020-21 school year.

The Andover Public Schools Road to Reopening Task Force will be reconvening this Tuesday, July 28, to finalize recommendations for reopening. We are hoping a decision from the Andover Board of Education Monday night will provide clarity for parents and give the task force clear direction as members work on building a revised calendar and determining other details for the year. Many more details about the year will be available later this week.

Because it is expected to be brief, Monday’s meeting will be held via Zoom. You can watch it beginning at 6:30 p.m. at usd385.org/boe.