KANSAS: Gov Closes Schools For Remainder Of Term

Topeka’s NBC News affiliate reports:

Gov. Laura Kelly ordered all K-12 schools in Kansas to close for the remainder of the school year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“This situation has evolved rapidly and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future,” Gov. Kelly said. “The reality of this pandemic is that it cannot be controlled statewide if school buildings return to normal operations, or if they respond to inconsistently within our local communities.”

Gov. Kelly made the announcement Tuesday, joined by Dr. Randy Watson, Commissioner for the Kansas State Department of Education who also addressed the situation. “The steps we’re announcing today will create the space we need at the state level… so that we can get ahead of this threat and limit its long term impact,” Kelly said.