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Honoring BV staff • Spring Break • Legislative Update

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Honoring Blue Valley Staff

This week Blue Valley Schools joins thousands of school districts across the country celebrating Public Schools Week. The world may be changing, but our commitment to educating students has not. Thank you to all of our Blue Valley employees for your hard work and dedication and for making this school year possible. It is people like you who make us #PublicSchoolsProud to serve our community through public education!​

As we celebrate Public Schools Week, we are also excited to share an opportunity to honor our Blue Valley teachers. Are you a certified staff member or administrator who will reach 25 or more years of service in the teaching profession this year? If so, the University of Kansas wants to celebrate you! If you will complete (as of June 30, 2021) 25 or more years of teaching and/or administrative service in schools, you are eligible to receive a certification from KU. To receive your certificate, please submit t​he following information* to Marietta Garcia at x4043 or ​mgarcia02@bluev​alle​yk12.org by Friday, April 2, 2021​.

  1. Your name (exactly as you'd like to have it printed on the certificate from KU)

  2. Total number of years working in education, including the number of those years in Kansas

  3. Job title

  4. Home school where you work

  5. Home address

*If you have previously been honored with this certificate, please do not resubmit your name.

Board member informational meeting set for March 4

Do you know someone interested in becoming a Blue Valley Board of Education member, but needs to know more about a board member's responsibilities and commitments? Blue Valley patrons interested in learning about running for a seat on the Board of Education should sign-up to attend an informational Zoom meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 4. Patrons interested in attending should contact Board of Education clerk Sarah Vaughn at svaughn@bluevalleyk12.org or 913-239-4020.

Three Board of Education positions will be up for election in November. They include: one from the Northeast area, one from the Northwest area and one from the South area. For more information about the Blue Valley Board of Education, go to www.bluevalleyk12.org/boe.

Spring break travel recommendations

Traveling for Spring Break? Be in the know of the latest local and national travel recommendations. Check out the following websites for travel information and recommendations.

  • Kansas State Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Travel Information: KDHE’s web page includes travel-related quarantine and isolation recommendations.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination web page includes an interactive map with hyperlinks to travel restrictions by destination.

  • U.S. Department of State: The Department of State’s COVID-19 Travel Information web page features the latest travel requirements for U.S. citizens leaving and returning to the United States. The web page includes information about the requirement that all air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States.

Thank you for using good judgment when traveling and continuing to practice mitigation efforts including wearing a face mask, practicing social distancing and using good hand washing techniques.

Blue Valley Legislative Update

As the 2021 Legislative Session continues, we ask that staff familiarize themselves with Blue Valley’s 2021 Legislative Positions. It is the district’s priority to support legislation that is beneficial to Blue Valley students and public education in general. This year, the district is emphasizing efforts around the following Priority Level Positions:

  • Fund Special Education at Statutory Amounts and Expand Definition of At-Risk

  • Enhance Student Mental Health

  • Eliminate Tax Credits and Vouchers for Private Schools

Read written testimony submitted by the district and find links to contact local legislators and a variety of legislative resources including weekly legislative updates can be found at www.bluevalleyk12.org/legislative.