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KASC is working on guidelines for how SBDM council meetings would take place in-person once that’s allowed by the Governor’s COVID-19 guidelines. The current state timeline makes it appear that by May 25 it might be allowable for meetings to resume in person, but there hasn’t been guidance specifically about public groups like SBDM councils. We understand that beyond the general SBDM meetings, councils are weighing future options for interviewing.
An allowable time based on state guidelines is just the first step — there are still many other issues to consider before you would want to convene meetings in public.
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As a result of the COVID-19 emergency, the General Assembly enacted SB 150, which temporarily amended the open meetings law. School councils can conduct any meeting, regular or special, by using the video-teleconferencing law KRS 61.826. The Attorney General in an advisory opinion clarified that all video-teleconferencing meetings during this COVID time period must follow the notice requirements of the special meetings laws.  Thus, SBDM regular meetings using video-teleconferencing should send a notice with the meeting date, time, place, and attach an agenda, at least 24 hours before the regular meeting. The Attorney General said that even though the agenda is sent with the notice that the meeting is still a regular and not a special meeting. If the school council wants to discuss an item not on the original agenda, then the members can make this decision to amend the agenda during the regular meeting and record the action in the minutes.  Of course, special meetings must still only discuss items listed on the agenda attached to the meeting notice.

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KDE has guidance and webcasts to help prepare for addressing academic gaps when schools restart. The focus is on: 
  • Assessing the academic gaps that exist from 2019-2020 school year;
  • Adjusting 2020-2021 curriculum to address potential knowledge gaps ; and
  • Using formative assessment to inform 2020-2021 instructional decisions.

An introductory webcast from April 29 is archived on KDE Media Portal. The two live webcasts will be May 6 and May 13 from 2-3 p.m. ET. and will be available on the KDE Media Portal.


April 20, 2020 -- KASC advice is in accordance with the KDE email to SBDM Coordinators on 3/26/20; this version has been improved based on discussions with PTA and feedback from member schools.
As you know, most council terms run June 30 to July 1, so teacher and parent elections are taking place in April and May. In schools/districts there is a lot of discussion about online elections. KASC has been putting out guidance since March, and we continue to update and refine that information.

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Impact Kentucky Survey

Working Conditions Survey

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) 2020 Impact Kentucky Working Conditions Survey, formerly the TELL Working Conditions Survey results were released June 1, 2020. For almost ten years, a working conditions survey has provided all certified Kentucky public school staff members with an opportunity to make their voices heard. KASC has highlighted some ways that you can use the results of the survey.

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KASC Workshops

  • Experienced educators to provide engaging sessions in your school/district at reasonable rates
  • SBDM sessions led by KDE endorsed trainers
  • Do-It-Yourself sessions
  • Discounts for Member schools on all workshops
Click on the logo for a sampling of workshops or use the Quick Reference Chart for a complete listing.