COVID: Kansas schools will keep teaching

Although Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued an executive order earlier this week, temporarily closing K-12 schools to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Education Commission briefed media this morning on what that order truly said.

Commission Randy Watson said that schools are NOT shut down, but they are limiting activity. What this might look like will be different around the state.

Watson noted, especially, that – per the executive order – schools are tasked with offering continuous learning to students. What this learning looks like will be different in schools across the state, but this morning the Kansas State Department of Education rolled out a 75-page guidance document for school districts. This document was created in 48 hours by the task force, which worked around the clock.

In the coming week, schools will be tasked with taking this guidance and implementing a plan at the local level. Students will still be learning, and teachers will still be teaching. It will just look different, and it will focus on core learning needs across the subject areas.

More information will come to local parents from their local school districts in the week ahead.

Amber Deters96 Posts

Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.

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