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Governor Kelly’s response to returning to school

As some of you may be aware, Governor Laura Kelly issued an executive order to delay the opening of schools until after the Labor Day holiday due to the resurgence of COVID-19 across the state. The Governor’s order is still waiting on approval from the Kansas State Board of Education. More details will be released during a follow-up briefing, which is not expected to occur until the week of July 20th.

So, what does the executive order mean for your child and KCKPS? Currently, the district is continuing to review the best options for reopening school for our students, staff, and families. We will review the guidance provided by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and update you with the additional details from the Governor’s Office.

How does the executive order impact sports at KCKPS? Optional summer conditioning will still be offered at high schools throughout the district. Students are expected to follow strict safety guidelines implemented by the state and county. As of now, we are waiting for more direction from the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) at the start of the season for many sports.

Also, open enrollment for new students will start on July 27th. KCKPS will continue with enrollment plans with more details forthcoming in the days ahead. The enrollment period is only for new students to the district; current students will not need to re-enroll.

As of today, the district’s board approved date for returning to school is Wednesday, August 12th. If the Governor’s order is approved, then the start date will change to after September 9th. We understand that many of you have a lot of questions, and we will make every effort to update you on any changes that impact the start date and current plans for opening school this fall.

Thank you for your flexibility and support of our district’s commitment and resolve to reopening schools in a safe and responsive environment that promotes academic excellence. We will keep you informed with updates through all of our communication platforms.

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