KS governor to delay school start until after Labor Day

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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 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.