KS governor to delay school start until after Labor Day

July 15, 2020 - 3:48 pm
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Topeka, KS -  Gov. Laura Kelly said she is issuing an executive order to delay the opening of Kansas schools until after the Labor Day holiday.

"The additional three weeks will provide schools time to get masks, thermometers, hand sanitizer and other necessary COVID-19 mitigation supplies,” Kelly said Wednesday in a news conference at the state capitol.

"I can't in good conscience open schools when Kansas has numerous hot spots where cases are at an all-time high and continuing to rapidly rise. We can’t risk the lives of our teachers, administrators, custodians, our students and their parents."
 

Today I announced that I will issue an executive order to delay opening schools until after the Labor Day holiday. The additional three weeks will provide schools time to get masks, thermometers, hand sanitizer and other necessary COVID-19 mitigation supplies.

— Governor Laura Kelly (@GovLauraKelly) July 15, 2020



The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported an increase of 875 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its first update since Monday to push the statewide total to 20,933 since the outbreak started.

"I believe that real leaders aren’t afraid to confront crises head on, they don’t sit back silently and wait for the situation to get worse,” Kelly said. “That’s what I have done and will continue to do, regardless of the political consequences."

 

The governor's announcement came just a few hours after the Kansas Board of Education released its guidelines for reopening schools during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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