KSSB offers summer programs in two locations across Kansas. More details on each are provided below.

KS PREP
Job preparation for grades 9th-12th and transition age, held in Kansas City June 6-17, 2022
K-SEE
Expanded education, for K-8, held in Kansas City, June 6-24, 2022
KS LIFE
Expanded core curriculum, ages 15-21, held in Kansas City, June 6-24th and Hays, June 19-24th, 2022
KSSB Preschool
Expanded core curriculum, ages 3-5, held in Kansas City, June 7-23rd, 2022

Important ESY Information for 2022 (click to expand)

  •  Participants must meet eligibility criteria for visual impairment under the Kansas guidelines.
  • Enrollment is LIMITED. Please see information under each program.
  • Once allotted spots are filled, applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
  • Total program cost included in information under each program.
  • Dorm priority given to students attending from outside the KC metro area & who do not attend KSSB full time.
  • TSVIs and local districts will communicate with parents regarding transportation.
  • Participant applications must be complete, including approval of the Local Education Agency.
  • Kansas State School for the Blind staff will be responsible for the selection of participants, instructors, practicum instructors, employees, and interns.
  • Kansas State School for the Blind ESY team will conduct training of all staff hired. This will include mandated reporting, confidentiality, safety precautions for COVID-19, expanded core curriculum, and orientation and mobility guide techniques.
  • Questions? Contact Aundrayah Shermer, KSSB ESY Program Coordinator, 913-305-3016opens phone dialerashermer@kssdb.orgcreate new email, or Jon Harding, Superintendent, jharding@kssdb.orgcreate new email, 913-305-3014opens phone dialer

KS Prep Summer Program

The goal of the KSSB KS Prep Summer Program is to offer experiential learning related to job exploration, development of job skills, and understanding workplace culture. This three-week-long session will provide advanced expanded core curriculum experiences in a residential setting for participants who plan to enter the world of work or post-secondary education.  All areas of the expanded core curriculum are embedded into this life-changing program. 

KS Prep Program Information for 2022 (click to expand)

  • The deadline to apply for this program is February 15, 2022.
  • Participants will stay two weeks, including the weekend of June 10-12, 2022.
  • Due to the overwhelming amount of applications, apply early!
  • Parents and TSVIs will be notified regarding program acceptance by email by March 1, 2022.
  • Total cost for KS PREP is $1,200 for KS residents or $3,600 for out-of-state participants.
  • Participants must have completed 9th grade and be enrolled in their local high school or have completed all credits and are entering or currently attending the KSSB Transition program.
  • Participants must meet eligibility criteria for visual impairment under the Kansas guidelines.
  • TSVIs and the participant’s local district will be in communication with parents regarding transportation to and from the KSSB campus in Kansas City, KS.
  • Total IEP service minutes for KS PREP = 7050 minutes (includes evenings and weekends)

K-SEE Elementary & Middle School Program

The goal of the Kansas Summer Expanded Education Program for elementary and middle school participants is to focus instruction in the nine areas of the expanded core curriculum while participants engage in a fun-filled, dynamic learning program.  Participants will rotate through ECC domains during this week-long program.  Braille, assistive technology, and orientation and mobility are embedded each day while focus classes of recreation and leisure, activities of daily living, and STEM/MakerSpace will challenge participants to reach their fullest potential. 

K-SEE Program Information for 2022 (click to expand)

  • K-S.E.E. is $500 per week for KS residents or $1,500 per week for out of state residents.
  • Participants must be entering Kindergarten up to entering 9th grade by June 1, 2022.
  • Program will be 3 weeks in summer 2022, though participants can choose one week only.
  • One week only participants would attend during WEEK 3 of KSEE Program (June 20-24, 2022)
  • Please check box on ESY 2022 Student Application if you are interested in a one week option.
  • The deadline to apply for this program is March 15, 2022.
  • Participants must be age 10 or older to reside in the dorm (Extended Day Program).
  • Participants are expected to follow directions and be respectful. Participants who have Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) must consult with the Program Coordinator prior to submitting an application.
  • Total IEP service minutes for KSEE 3 weeks = 5850 (day program) and 8010 (if reside in dorm)

KC LIFE - Lifetime Independence Focused Education

The goal of the KC Lifetime Independence Focused Education for High School participants is to focus instruction on employment and independent living using the nine areas of the expanded core curriculum while participants engage in a fun-filled, dynamic learning program. Braille, assistive technology, and orientation and mobility are embedded each day while attending focus classes of recreation and leisure, activities of daily living, and STEM/MakerSpace to challenge participants to reach their fullest potential.

KC LIFE Program Information for 2022 (click to expand)

  • The deadline to apply for this program is February 15, 2022.
  • Due to the overwhelming amount of applications, please apply early!
  • Parents and TSVIs will be notified regarding program acceptance by email by March 1, 2022.
  • Participants will stay three weeks, Monday – Friday.
  • Total cost for KC L.I.F.E. is $1,200 for KS residents or $3,600 for out-of-state participants.
  • Participants must be 15-21 years of age.
  •  Participants must have completed 9th grade and be enrolled in their local high school or have completed all credits and are entering or currently attending the KSSB Transition program.
  • Participants must meet the eligibility criteria for visual impairment under the Kansas guidelines.
  • TSVI and the participant’s local district will be in communication with parents regarding transportation to and from the KSSB campus in Kansas City, KS.
  • Participants are expected to follow directions and be respectful. Participants who have Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) must consult with the Program Coordinator prior to submitting an application.
  • Total IEP service minutes for KC LIFE = 5850 (day program) and 8010 (if reside in dorm)

KSSB Preschool School Program

The goal of the Kansas State School for the Blind Preschool Program for ages 3 to 5 is to emphasize expanded core curriculum domains which are unique to students with visual impairments. Participants increase concept knowledge and skills through intentional instruction and experienced-based learning in a safe, nurturing environment.

KSSB Preschool Program Information for 2022 (click to expand)

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 7-23, 2022. Program starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m.
  • FREE – no cost to families or LEAs
  • The deadline to apply for this program is March 15, 2022
  •  Transportation provided by parents
  • 1:1 student support not available
  • Play-based therapies (SLP/OT/PT/COMS/MT) are available
  • Students will work on age-appropriate braille readiness, orientation and mobility readiness, communication skills, sensory efficiency skills, social skills, self-determination and much more!
  • Questions? Contact:

HAYS LIFE - Lifetime Independence Focused Education

The goal of the Lifetime Independence Focused Education for Middle School & High School participants residing in Western Kansas is to focus instruction in the nine areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) while participants engage in a fun-filled, dynamic learning program. Participants will rotate through ECC domains during this one week-long program. Braille, assistive technology, and orientation and mobility are embedded each day while attending focus classes of recreation and leisure, activities of daily living, and STEM/MakerSpace to challenge participants to reach their fullest potential.

HAYS L.I.F.E. Participant Eligibility Requirements (click to expand)

  • Participants 10-18 years of age (4th-11th grades completed) by June 1, 2022.
  • Participants must meet the eligibility criteria for visual impairment under the Kansas guidelines.
  • Participants must commit to all six days of the program, including staying in the dormitory.
  • Parents must provide transportation or make arrangements with their local school district to provide transportation to/from Hays, KS.

HAYS L.I.F.E. Program Information for 2022 (click to expand)

  • Total cost for Hays – L.I.F.E. is $500 for KS residents and $1,500 for out of state participants.
  • The Hays L.I.F.E. program will be limited to 10 participants.
  • Participants will be assigned to Track 1 or Track 2 based on age and skills to be addressed.
  • A FIRM DEADLINE – March 15, 2022 – for submission of completed application forms.
  • Application/Enrollment forms sent in after this date will be placed on a waiting list.
  • Participant applications must be complete.
  • TSVI’s should work closely with parents to complete all application/enrollment forms.
  • Students will arrive on Sunday, June 19th at 3:00 pm and are to be picked up on Friday, June 24th at 12:30 pm
  • TSVI’s and local districts will communicate with parents regarding transportation.
  • Parents, TSVI, and accepted applicants will be notified by April 1, 2022.
  • Participants are expected to follow directions and be respectful. Applicants with a Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) must contact Program Coordinator prior to submitting an application.
  • Total IEP service minutes for HAYS LIFE = 2850 minutes

KSSB Extended School Year 2022

Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) Domains (click to expand)

  • Activities of Daily Living: Daily routines will develop self-care and organization skills. In addition, participants will receive instruction in preparation and cleanup of at least one meal each day.
  • Career Exploration: Track 1 students will participate in daily Career Exploration and Pre-Vocational skills training. Track 2 participants will apply for a job shadowing program and participate in a daily work experience on the campus of FHSU or in the Hays community with a trained job coach.
  • Orientation and Mobility: Instruction in safe, efficient and independent travel skills will be incorporated throughout the program with activities and routes designed by Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists.
  • Recreation and Leisure: Daily activities designed to develop routines & habits in fitness, health, and will expose participants to new experiences.
  • Social Skills/Self-Determination: Participants will learn strategies and interventions to promote greater inclusion of these critical skills for positive outcomes in the educational curriculum and post-school employment.
  • Assistive Technology/Sensory Efficiency: Participants will utilize their current assistive technology and low vision devices to access their daily activities and will be exposed to new strategies with current devices to increase efficiency & independence across all domains.

Sample Daily Schedule (click to expand)

Track 1

  • 7:30-8:15 Daily Exercise Routine
  • 8:15-9:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00-11:30 Lunch Preparation
  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30-2:30 Recreation & Leisure Choice Time
  • 2:30-5:00 Pre-Vocational Skills
  • 5:00-6:00 Dinner
  • 6:00-8:30 Evening Program/Outings
  • 8:30-9:30 Showers and Bedtime Routines

Track 2

  • 7:30-8:15 Daily Exercise Routine
  • 8:15-9:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00-11:30 Work Experience
  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30-2:30 Recreation & Leisure Choice Time
  • 2:30-5:00 Dinner Preparation
  • 5:00-6:00 Dinner
  • 6:00-8:30 Evening Program/Outings
  • 8:30-9:30 Showers and Bedtime Routines

2022 Extended School Year (ESY) Guide

Classroom and Dining (click to expand)

KSSB will provide individual desks and chairs, spaced 3 feet apart in ESY classrooms. We do not expect more than 8 participants in any classroom at one time during summer 2022 programs. Afternoon and evening dorm activities will be conducted in smaller groups and staff will utilize multiple spaces and buildings on campus to conduct small group sessions (gym, library, track, sensory garden, Makerspace, etc.). Meals will be staggered and in milder weather, participants can eat outside in the sensory garden.

ESY Updates for 2022 (click to expand)

Our Extended School Year program goals for 2022 remain the same: to provide participants who are Blind/VI with experiences that provide skills in areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum. Specifically, we target Access Technology, Orientation and Mobility, Braille, Social Skills, Independent Living Skills, and Career Education. If a parent is requesting one-week only attendance, this will only be offered during Week 3 of the KSEE Program on the KSSB campus in Kansas City KS, OR Hays LIFE program in Hays, KS.

Health and Safety (click to expand)

KSSB has been following COVID-19 guidance from the Wyandotte County/Unified Government closely this school year as County Health Departments have the authority to set regulations for schools that reside within their county boundaries. KSSB also follows guidance set forth by the Kansas State Department of Education, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If a Participant is Sick (click to expand)

  • Parents, please contact the KSSB office directly at 913-305-3015 if a participant is ill and staying home for the day. KSSB follows Wyandotte County Quarantine and Isolation Guidance for Schoolsopens PDF file .
  • If a participant becomes ill while in the program KSSB has a space separate from the nurse’s office where participants who may have COVID-19 or another potentially communicable illness wait for pick- up. Only essential staff and participants assigned to the space may enter. All will sign in so that there is a record of the persons who entered the room. The room will be disinfected several times, and strict social distancing is required. Participants who are ill will be walked out of the building to meet their parents.

Masks (click to expand)

At this time, it is too early to know the status of COVID-19 protocols for summer 2022. We will use guidance from the Wyandotte County Unified Government, KSDE, and CDC to make decisions. We will keep everyone apprised of the current requirements and/or recommendations as summer gets closer. Should the use of masks remain in effect during ESY 2022, our intent will be to educate and encourage rather than ‘enforce’. Any participant with a documented medical condition that would cause the use of masks to be unsafe will not be required to use a mask. Participants with significant disabilities would not be expected to wear masks.

KSSB intends to continue the following practices in summer 2022 for all ESY programs:

  • A quarantine room in our dorm for any student who is ill, and is awaiting transportation home
  • Increased spacing including individual student desks 6 feet apart when at all possible
  • Constant air flow and ventilation (outside air is used), using our HVAC fans and/or windows
  • UV lighting in our HVAC system and via portable systems in classrooms
  • Daily use of foggers PermaSafe for disinfectant and anti-microbial applications
  • Enhanced cleaning: disinfecting of contact surfaces
  • Scheduled hand-washing, and use of hand sanitizer
  • Reporting suspected COVID-related illness to county health departments, parents, and staff

Nursing (click to expand)

KSSB employs full-time nursing staff during summer 2022 programs. Nurses will assist KSSB administrators in determining when participants need to be sent home, when to keep participants in isolation, communicate with parents, will communicate with County Health Department officials, and conduct contact tracing on our campus.

On-Site Instruction - Daily/Weekly Schedule (click to expand)

  • KS PREP participants will be on-site at KSSB’s campus for two weeks: June 6-17, 2022, including the weekend of June 10-12. Official kickoff to the program begins Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 3:00 pm. The program concludes on June 17, 2022 at 12:30 pm. It is recommended that KS PREP students apply to attend Level Up in Wichita, KS during the week of June 19-25, 2022.
  • K-SEE participants will be on-site at KSSB’s campus for three weeks: June 6-10; June 13-17; and June 20-24, 2022. These students will come Monday – Friday and go home on the weekends. Students residing in the dorms will arrive on Sundays after 3:00 pm. M-TH classes begin at 8:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. Friday classes begin at 8:00 am and dismiss at 12:30 pm.
  • KC L.I.F.E. participants will be on-site at KSSB’s campus for three weeks: June 6-10; June 13-17; and June 20-24, 2022. These students will come Monday – Friday and go home on the weekends. Students residing in the dorms will arrive on Sundays after 3:00 pm. M-TH classes begin at 8:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. Friday classes begin at 8:00 am and dismiss at 12:30 pm.
  • HAYS L.I.F.E. participants will be on-site at Fort Hays State University for one week: June 19-24, 2022. Official kickoff to the program begins Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 3:00 pm. The program concludes on June 24, 2022 at 12:00 pm.
  • KSSB Preschool Enrichment participants will be on-site at KSSB’s campus for three weeks: June 7-10; June 12-17; and June 21-24, 2022. These students will attend Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45 am to 11:45 am.

Sunday Afternoon/Evening Drop-Offs (click to expand)

We ask that parents/family avoid entering the dormitory. Dorm staff will greet parents/family outside and receive medications, forms, and/or special instructions. Parents/drivers can call our dorm staff prior to arrival at 913-305-3050opens phone dialer to make arrangements for an exchange. If parents must enter the dorm, based on the current CDC guidelines, you may be asked to wear a mask. For those needing to use the restroom, there is a restroom facility available in the Irwin building, next to the security office.

Updated Contact Lists (click to expand)

It is critical that parents provide us with their most current contact information in order to disseminate information quickly and accurately. Personal cell phone numbers, home phone numbers, email addresses, work phone numbers, mailing addresses, as well as emergency contacts should be kept up to date. We ask
that you assist us in ensuring your information is kept current by contacting Aundrayah Shermer at ashermer@kssdb.orgcreate new email or calling 913-305-3016opens phone dialer.

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