Coronavirus pandemic means widespread changes for state schools

June 07, 2020 - 8:33 am
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Kansas education officials are preparing to reopen the state's schools in the fall but acknowledged that the coronavirus pandemic will force widespread changes. 

Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson said in a news release Friday that the department is "prepared to do everything within our power to keep staff, students and families safe." Watson assembled a task force in May to develop comprehensive guidance for safely reopening school buildings. One team is working on guidance about sanitation, social distancing, busing and food served, while another is focused on instruction. 

The Kansas State Board of Education will consider the guidelines at its July meeting.

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