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Riley Sipes was a junior at Wichita’s North High School last spring when the COVID-19 shutdown closed schools and canceled prom and other activities.

She had already bought her dress — a smokey blue spaghetti-strap number that shimmers in the light. The phrase, “All dressed up and nowhere to go” had never seemed so fitting.

“It’s definitely been weird,” Sipes said. “I’m still disappointed that I missed out on so many of the traditions that North High has in place.”

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VALLEY CENTER, Kansas — On its face, band camp at Valley Center High School looks pretty normal: Lines of students with instruments march up and down a football field while the color guard practices throwing flags into the air.

High schools across Kansas expect school to open this fall, and with that may come Friday night football. Yet sports during a pandemic could look different.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association has issued new guidelines on how teams can get in shape this summer starting June 1 — insisting on social distancing rules and gathering restrictions that would apply even in high-contact sports.

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The unexpected and abrupt end to the school year last month means the Class of 2020 will miss spring milestones like prom, awards banquets and graduation.

We asked Maize High School seniors Abby McCoy and Casey Loving to check in with their peers at high schools throughout the Wichita area on how they're coping with the loss of end-of-school traditions.

The Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley school districts on Monday joined at least five other school districts nationwide that have authorized lawsuits against the country’s leading e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs. 

Both districts approved resolutions seeking damages they claim they’ve incurred as a result of students’ use of the devices.

The Kansas Board of Regents voted Wednesday to change the benchmarks for in-state students to attend the state’s six public universities, and class-rank requirements are out.

The move is meant to increase the number of Kansas high schoolers who are eligible to attend Kansas State University, Emporia State University, Pittsburg State University, Fort Hays State University, Wichita State University and the University of Kansas.