School Districts Across Wichita Area Set Dates For Opening School

Jul 28, 2020

School districts in the Wichita area are setting their own dates to reopen schools after the state Board of Education rejected Gov. Laura Kelly’s order last week.

Kelly’s order would have delayed the start for all Kansas schools until after Labor Day, but the order failed to get the board’s approval. The board left it up to local school districts to decide when they will open.

About half of the schools in Sedgwick County still plan to begin their school year in August, only a week later than usual. Wichita Public Schools plan to start on Sept. 8.

The Derby, Goddard, Maize, Haysville and Valley Center districts also plan to begin after the Labor Day holiday.

Here are the first day of school for districts in the Wichita area.

Sedgwick County

  • Cheney, Aug. 19
  • Renwick, Aug. 20
  • Clearwater, Sept. 1 (pending board approval)
  • Derby, Sept. 8
  • Goddard, Sept. 8
  • Maize, Sept. 8
  • Wichita, Sept. 8
  • Valley Center, Sept. 9
  • Mulvane, Sept. 10
  • Haysville, Sept. 10-11

Private schools

  • The Independent School, Aug. 19
  • Wichita Collegiate, Aug. 19
  • Trinity Academy, Aug. 20-21
  • Wichita Catholic Schools, varies by school

Butler County

  • Augusta, Aug. 13-14
  • Douglass, Aug. 13
  • Remington, Aug. 17
  • Bluestem, Aug. 18
  • Flinthills, Aug. 20
  • El Dorado, Aug. 26
  • Andover, Sept. 8
  • Circle, Sept. 8
  • Rose Hill, Sept. 8

Harvey County

  • Burrton, Sept. 2
  • Hesston, Sept. 2
  • Halstead, Sept. 3
  • Newton, Sept. 8
  • Sedgwick, to be determined

Sumner County

  • Argonia, Aug. 20
  • Conway Springs, Aug. 24
  • Caldwell, Aug. 26
  • Oxford, Sept. 2
  • Belle Plaine, Sept. 8 and 10
  • Wellington, Sept. 8
  • South Haven, to be determined

Cowley County

  • Central, Aug. 24
  • Dexter, Sept. 8
  • Winfield, Sept. 9
  • Arkansas City, Sept. 9
  • Udall, to be determined

Hafsa Quraishi is KMUW's inaugural Korva Coleman Diversity Intern. Hafsa is currently pursuing her master’s degree in journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York.