Kelly's Tuesday afternoon announcement comes as several school districts including United States dollars 475 had already had extended spring breaks and colleges and universities had moved to online instruction for the rest of the school year.
TOPEKA - Unprecedented circumstances that threaten the safety of our students and the professionals who work with them every day require swift, thoughtful and coordinated action.
A 25-member task force comprised of numerous state's top educators continues working to develop plans for a Continuous Learning program.Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr.
The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, issued an emergency order Tuesday closing all schools in the county as well as restricting restaurants and bars to delivery and takeout orders only. Kansas has at least 18 confirmed coronavirus cases and one COVID-19-related death. However, resources would be provided to both public and private schools for online learning.
Thirty-nine states have chose to close schools as of Tuesday, impacting at least 41.6 million students, according to Education Week.
Fulton said the district would provide parents "with regular updates on our plans as they develop".
"Obviously we will do what the governor has asked us to do", Logan said.
Other critical questions - such as how high school seniors would graduate and what services would be available to at-risk students - didn't appear to have immediate answers. Watson said "our first intention" is to ensure students graduate on time.
The governor said the "difficult decision" was made in collaboration with education professionals, including the Kansas National Education Association and the Kansas Association of School Boards, as well as local school boards, administrators and teachers.
Once buildings are thoroughly sanitized, they will be able to reopen for small groups of school personnel to implement a plan for Continuous Learning.
In Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered schools closed through at least April 6. Many universities have already announced plans to hold classes remotely for the rest of the spring semester.
Kelly also announced Tuesday that most state employees under her jurisdiction will be directed to stay home on administrative leave for two weeks beginning Monday, March 23, in an effort to minimize exposure to COVID-19. But independent agencies appeared likely to follow suit.