Since March 2020, schools have been on a carnival ride of whirling changes. That month, districts across the state went from normal to chaos in the blink of an eye as Frankfort handed down a barker’s litany of restrictions on practically everything in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gradually those restrictions were lifted as party factions battled in the legislature and courts. Schools remained in a state of uncertainty, though, with funding held static to attendance numbers from before lockdowns threw a wrench in the works.