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North Lyon County USD 251 School Reopening News
Robert W. Blair, Superintendent
Thursday, July 16, 2020

North Lyon County USD 251 School Reopening News

Yesterday afternoon Governor Kelly announced an executive order pushing back the start of schools until after Labor Day. It is our understanding that the official executive order will come next Monday, July 20th and it will need to be approved by the Kansas State Board of Education. According to the governor, this will give schools more time to plan now that the Kansas State Board of Education has approved the guidance created by KSDE. We just wanted to make sure you are aware of the potential change to our schedule in the near future. 

At this time, a delayed start would not change the required number of hours for students to be in school, a requirement We know this will bring up a lot of questions. As we learn more, we will continue to update you.

Here are the next steps for North Lyon USD 251:

  • Reopening plan: The district’s Reopening Planning Team of teachers, staff, administration, parents, and board members will begin meeting on Monday, July 20th to finalize and to review the survey data we collected from parents and employees. The new goal is to complete the plan by the end of July.

  • 2020-2021 district calendar: In the event the Kansas State Board of Education agrees with the governor’s executive order to delay the start of school, work will begin to review the district’s calendar by the calendar committee. Any changes would need to be approved by the North Lyon County board of education.

  • School board meeting:  Board members will need to have a meeting to take action on the back-to-school plan shortly after the Reopening Planning Team recommends a plan. 

We are extremely passionate to get our students back in our schools and understand how difficult this potential delay will be for them and for you. While a delay will create some challenges, it will allow us additional time to secure additional resources and safety protocols. We will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available. Thank you for your positive support as we continue to face these challenging times. 

Robert W. Blair
Superintendent