Not so long ago, Prez Trump delivered an inpiring speech about getting around a wall. And in that spirit we share these important news links on the topic of local education in the time of corona . . .
Schools Consider Corona
OLATHE KS, (KCTV) -- School boards in Kansas are working to finalize reopening plans just a few weeks before the first day of class. There's a series of important school board meetings happening Monday night. Gardner-Edgerton, Piper, Shawnee Mission, Tonganoxie and De Soto schools will all discuss how to bring back students safely.
Dead-Tree Vs. Teachers???
The government filings of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans have provided ideologically motivated journalists and advocates a treasure trove for scoring points against businesses and organizations they don't like. Call it PPP-shaming. For those who aren't aware, PPP was created by Congress to give forgivable loans to businesses and nonprofits affected by the coronavirus.
Show-Me Teacher Protest
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Dozens of teachers gathered outside the Capitol in Jefferson City today to protest against going back into the classroom. The teachers carried signs reading "online til cases decline" and "I can't teach if I'm dead". Organizers of the protest say they want Governor Parson and leaders to require all schools in the state to return virtually.
Schools In The Dotte Stay Shut
Wyandotte County health order prohibits public school buildings from opening to in-person classes until after Labor Day
WYANDOTTE COUNTY, KS (KCTV) - A new health order will prohibit Wyandotte County public school buildings from opening to in-person classes until after Labor Day. "Dr. Allen Greiner, Wyandotte County's Chief Medical Officer, issued a new Health Order prohibiting public school buildings within the County from opening to in-person classes until after Labor Day, September 7, 2020 to ensure educators have sufficient time to prepare for school re-opening," a release stated on Monday.
KCK Tech Workaround
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools Board of Education has voted to delay the start of school until Sept. 9 and have only virtual classes for at least the first nine weeks. KCKPS Superintendent Charles Foust said in a news release that district staff have been working "diligently" on a reopening plan.
Show-Me Teachers Pushing Back
The idea of going back to school in person this Fall worries Kim Hanan-West. "We know that our classrooms are too small for social distancing, that our children are going to struggle with this," she said. Hanan-West teaches in St. Louis County which has the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in Missouri.
KCPS Tech Trouble
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In just a few weeks, a handful of school districts will be getting ready to reopen again, some starting out strictly online. With the continued method of virtual learning to decrease the spread of COVID-19, and the constant use of scrolling through social media, constant connection to the online world, can cause a disconnect to reality.
Heartfelt Police Support
CEREMONIES AT CHILDREN'S MERCY PARK. DE AND KANSAS CITY KANSAS POLICE TOOK TIME TO CELEBRATE THE GRADUATION OF DAVID MELTON FROM GARDNER EDGERTON HIGH SCHOOL THIS WEEKEND IF HIS NAME SOUNDS FAMILIAR, THAT'S BECAUSE HE'S THE SON OF THE LATE CAPTAIN DAVE MELTON WHO WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN 2016.
JoCo Christian Conflict
SHAWNEE, Kan. - Residents in a few Shawnee neighborhoods are concerned about a possible new private school next door. A 130,000 square-foot facility that will be a K-12 Maranatha Christian Academy is proposed to go on a 26-acre plot of land at the northeast corner of Silverheel and 71st Street.
Kangaroos Hop To Help
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Gillian Campbell is a student at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, not only were her classes affected, but her job at a bar at the Power and Light District ended. "Literally right before everything shut down, Big 12 got cancelled and all of that," Campbell said.
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