Governor Laura Kelly to delay opening schools until after Labor Day


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Governor Laura Kelly announced Wednesday she’s issuing an executive order to delay opening schools until after Labor Day.

The announcement came as she and Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson discussed the Kansas Education Plan for the fall on Wednesday.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman also joined the news conference.

Kelly will also issue an executive order requiring schools have masks, practice social distancing, proper hygiene and daily temperature checks.

Thirty minutes before the news conference, protesters gathered outside of the capitol urging Gov. Kelly to keep schools only online if they can’t guarantee the safety of teachers and students.

Senate President Susan Wagle (R-Wichita) released a statement in response to Kelly’s announcement.

“The governor’s decision to cancel school until September must be affirmed by the State School Board in accordance to the bill she just signed. It is my hope when the board contemplates this decision, they take into consideration that one size doesn’t fit all. The legislature intended to pass these decisions on to local governing authorities, where teachers, parents and health care professionals all have a voice and can, in a collaborative manner, do what is best for their children and their community.”

Senate President Susan Wagle (R-Wichita)

As of early Monday evening 20,220 positive coronavirus cases were reported across the state. That includes 11,781 recoveries and 303 deaths.

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