Kansas schools rush to vaccinate teachers ahead of reopening

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Kansas school districts are rushing to vaccinate their teachers in preparation for an eventual return to a full reopening of classrooms and before more a contagious strain of the coronavirus can spread throughout the state.

Gov. Laura Kelly told the State Finance Council on Wednesday that about 60% of the state’s school districts have started vaccinating their teachers and staff. She discussed the push a day after the state Department of Education recommended that districts allow middle and high school students resume full-time in-person instruction if precautions are taken.

Several of the state’s largest districts have been offering in-person classes only part-time or teaching students only online.