Election time looms! The November 3rd 2020 election is getting close. The Democratic and Republican National Conventions are over.
It is time to look at every candidate and make up your mind soon about who you will vote for. Make sure you know where candidates stand on the issues and values that are important to you.
Because of the pandemic, there are concerns about how to cast your vote. Concerns have also been raised about mail-in ballots taking too long to get to election officials. What can we do?
- Mail ballots back immediately and don’t wait to mail them so they have adequate time to arrive;
- Governor Kelly is setting up drop boxes so you don’t have to mail your ballot;
- You can drop off your ballot yourself at the local election office;
- You can take appropriate precautions, wear a mask and vote in person at the designated poll site in your county on Election Day;
- You can take appropriate precautions, wear a mask and hand-deliver your mail-in ballot at the designated poll site in your county on Election Day.
What matters most is that you are ready and educated about all of the candidates. The most important thing is that you vote!!!!!
Voting is your right, your responsibility and your privilege. Please exercise your rights and VOTE!
After receiving a grant to help expand its free community dinner meals, the Wesley United Methodist Church in Parsons will now serve free to-go dinners from its van every Thursday, 5:30-6:00 p.m. in the King Cash Saver parking lot.
The next free dinner meal will be September 3, 2020.
School districts in Kansas are utilizing a variety of methods to provide an education to their students. Many are providing either remote or hybrid education opportunities, rather than on-site learning. School Districts in Kansas do not currently have the infrastructure required to provide the needed supports to students with disabilities on the scale necessary during this unprecedented time. Further, it is impossible to predict when a COVID-19 outbreak might occur in a school, necessitating closure of on-site learning and services. The health, safety, and welfare of school-age waiver participants is paramount.
Pending further guidance from CMS, in circumstances where school-age children who have an IEP are receiving remote education, either full-time or part-time, need medically necessary services or personal care services to support them, and the local school district lacks resources/qualified staff to provide needed in-home services during school hours, HCBS services will be permitted to be rendered during school/educational hours.
Aging & Disability Community Services and Programs
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
503 S. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66503
School Year 2020-21 Compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Kansas Special Education for Exceptional Children Act for Reopening Schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Kansas Special Education for Exceptional
Children Act require school districts to provide special education and related services to students with
exceptionalities. The Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) Special Education and Title Services
(SETS) team created this document to provide a response to questions we are receiving in a uniform and
consistent manner. As you all are aware, this is a rapidly changing situation, and this document will be
continually revised to provide the most up to date information.
Special education timelines and requirements are set forth in statute, which was written and
enacted by the United States Congress and the Kansas Legislature. The Kansas State Department of
Education (KSDE) does not have the authority to alter or waive these statutory requirements and
Please note that the Navigating Change: Kansas’ Guide to Learning and School Safety Operations
document, released by the Kansas State Department of Education, is simply guidance. When a district
creates its own plan for the 2020–21 school year it must balance this guidance with the requirements of
special education law, as well as the context for its staff and students, including any guidance or
requirements issued by state or local health officials.