Kansas Governor Laura Kelly will announce on Wednesday afternoon at 3PM her education plan for the start of the 2020-2021 academic school year. She will be joined by Secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and environment Dr. Lee Norman along with Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson.
The Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) is expected to release their plan for the fall 2020 sports season sometime before, or on, Friday.
The Kansas Association of School Boards released their reopening school guidance earlier today. You can find it by clicking here.
Even after the announcements this week, it’s safe to assume no plan or recommendations announced from the Governor or KSHSAA is going to be 100% acceptable to the public.
No doubt, there will be those who support the guidelines and recommendations, but there are equally those who will immediately question, nit-pick, and tear into the proposals and plans.
Social media is sure to be filled in the comments sections with emotionally charged comments and phrases we’ve come all too familiar with within the last 4 months or so. Unfortunately, many of those comments become hostile and become easily fueled by anger.
That does no one any good, especially our children.
I’m not suggesting we should fall in line and agree 100% without questioning the plans for education and fall athletics and activities. One of the great things about living in this nation is that we have the freedom to question decisions being made public that directly effects us.
However, as life has proven time and time again, we’re not going to get exactly what we want. We’re not going 100% agree. Whatever the Governor, KSHSAA, and school districts announce, as adults and parents, we should be prepared for that and to teach our children how to handle that life situation.
Talking with teachers, coaches, and administrators, the general consensus shared is that it’s a sense of “us against them”. They feel any move or decision they make isn’t the right one, while uncertain of how they’re going to properly teach and educate the youth.
That’s not right.
These educators spend quite a bit of time with our children. This past spring brought to light how much of an impact our children leave on teachers and administrators; just as much as they impact our children’s lives.
Perhaps this past spring proved to many parents just how much time and effort educators spend with our children.
And that just perhaps we took it for granted to a certain degree.
So, before any decisions are publicly made. Before any recommendations are released. Before we begin to move forward towards the 2020-2021 school year, whatever it may look like throughout each individual school district, I want to publicly say this:
I support Kansas education administrators, teachers, and coaches as well as KSHSAA in their decision for the upcoming school year.
And I hope that you will too.
I trust that any decisions and guidelines are made with recommendations and suggestions from those who have spent more time researching the matter with far more knowledgable individuals than someone like myself who shares endless memes on social media and is prone to falling into the trap of the comments section.
I trust that superintendents and executive directors have done their research, networking, and assessment in what is the best course of action for their faculty and students.
To those executive directors, superintendents, teachers and faculty who do feel like it’s them against the world, that any move they make is the wrong move for the upcoming school year, I would like you to know:
I support you. There are many of us that support you. There’s more support out there for you than it may seem like. Now, more than ever.
We are in this together and can only make it through it together.