Governor to announce fall plan for Kansas schools on Wednesday

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks at a COVID-19 news briefing on Monday, July 6, 2020, at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

The details of the fall semester for K-12 schools in Kansas will become clearer Wednesday, as Gov. Laura Kelly will announce her administration’s plan for how the state’s children will be educated amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Randy Watson, the Kansas commissioner of education, will join Kelly at 3 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the details of the plan, the governor’s office said.

On March 17, Kelly became the first governor in the country to shutter K-12 schools with the hope of slowing the spread of COVID-19.

As of the most current data, released Friday, Kansas has confirmed over 18,600 cases of the potentially deadly respiratory virus, and cases have been on a sharp uptick in the state in recent weeks as community restrictions loosened.


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