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Message from the Superintendent

Blue Valley families,

We have a great responsibility in front of us to provide a safe learning and working environment for our students and staff during the 2020-21 school year. While our Back to School plans have been informed by local, state and national health and education officials, our plan prioritizes what is most important for Blue Valley--the health of our students and staff.

We know that this school year will be unlike any other school year we’ve encountered. While this year will certainly look different, what remains the same is the opportunity to welcome 23,000 students to a new year, a Return to Learn. We encourage families to intentionally schedule a time to thoughtfully and thoroughly review 2020-21 school year information below including:

  • 2020-21 school year calendar update

  • Back to School plan featuring In-Person Learning and VirtualED options

  • Online registration information for families

  • Feedback opportunities

As we know, this is a changing environment and our team is prepared to make adjustments to our plan as needed. Thank you for the patience and support you have shown this summer as our team worked tirelessly to develop a plan that prioritized the health and well-being of you and our students. Together, by taking steps to keep everyone healthy, we will get through this and provide a positive learning experience for the 23,000 students counting on us.

Dr. Tonya Merrigan


2020-21 School Year Calendar

We want to have the best possible start to this unprecedented school year. In order to do this, we need to delay the start of the school year until Wednesday, Sept. 9. The additional time will ensure our staff members have as much time as possible to prepare teachers and class schedules for VirtualEd and the many modifications to In-Person Learning, as well as to obtain essential products to keep students and staff safe while at school. We also know our families need time to thoughtfully consider the options available.

To accommodate this change to the first day of school, several adjustments were made to the 2020-21 calendar including:

  • First day of school - Sept. 9

  • Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 25-27

  • Winter Break - Dec. 23 - Jan. 1

  • Spring Break - March 18-19

  • Last day of school - June 3 for grades EC-11 (1/2 day)

An updated copy of the 2020-21 calendar can be found online.

Back to School Plan

A Back to School plan was developed so families can make informed decisions on options for the 2020-21 school year. On the district’s Back to School website you can find all the details about the two Return to Learn options:

  • In-Person Learning with modifications

  • All-virtual option, VirtualED, designed and taught by Blue Valley teachers

Families should note that high school students may take advantage of flexibility already in our high school program that allows students to take a la carte virtual courses and attend school in-person. In addition to these options, if state or local officials would provide closure or occupancy guidance, our team is developing distance learning and adjusted daily schedule models.

While guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas State Department of Education has informed Blue Valley’s Back to School plan, the development of the plan is rooted in our commitment to ensuring each child feels they belong and they feel safe socially, emotionally, and physically when they are within the care of the Blue Valley School District.

Online Registration

Online registration is now open including the selection of In-Person Learning or VirtualED. This is the time for families who have not registered to complete registration and make their selection for the 2020-21 school year. It is also the time for families who have already registered and would like to elect VirtualED to make that selection. Registration for VirtualED will close on Aug. 5 to give adequate time to determine staffing and prepare for the school year.

Athletics and Activities

We realize activities and athletics are a significant part of the total educational experience available to students. We are waiting on additional guidance from the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) about activities and athletics for the 2020-21 school year. At this time, we will continue with voluntary outdoor summer conditioning. Any further updates about activities and athletics will come from school administrators.


We value your thoughts and questions about the Back to School plan and the 2020-21 school year. After families have thoughtfully reviewed all the information, we encourage you to:

  • Share thoughts or questions through a ThoughtExchange

  • Regularly review Back to School FAQs as new questions and answers will be added

  • Call the Back to School hotline from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at 913-239-4045 with questions not addressed on the district’s Back to School website