TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – On Sunday, Speaker Ron Ryckman, R-Olathe, Majority Leader Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, and Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, issued a joint statement stating that the Kansas Department of Education is recommending schools in Kansas close for one week.
In a statement, they said, “Today it was announced that the Kansas Department of Education after consultation with superintendents across the state has taken the step of recommending a pausing of the school year for one week in order to develop a plan to keep our children, teachers, and communities safe. This reasonable precaution to stop the spread of the virus will present new challenges, but we are up to the task. Schools may resume in a week or safety and prudence may require they stay paused longer.”
Officials added that their first priority, as leaders, is the health and safety of the citizens of Kansas. They say the people of Kansas come before partisanship and politics.
That same day Governor Laura Kelly announced her recommendation to close all public schools for this upcoming week.
“We take this pandemic and our preparedness seriously,” Kelly said. “One of these areas of particular concern is our K-12 schools, where our children, parents and staff come together in one place. Our schools form the cornerstones of our communities. It is because of this that we need to ensure that schools are prepared to face the COVID-19 challenge.”
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Wichita Public Schools said their school district is on spring break the week of March 16-20 and says there is no immediate impact on their school district. They are currently working on a plan for next week.
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