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Kansas school leaders sign off on reopening guidelines

Posted at 11:25 AM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 12:25:16-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Much remains up in the air about the return of Kansas students to schools this fall, but after Wednesday, there will at least be some guidelines in place.

The State Board of Education on Wednesday adopted reopening guidelines put forth by staff of the Kansas Department of Education.

The guidelines, which are not binding on any school district, are part of a more than 1,000-page document called “Navigating Change 2020.”

Board members first started discussion of the guidelines on Tuesday. Those discussions continued Wednesday morning before the board took the vote. The guidelines were accepted unanimously, though one board member was absent.

The board’s actions come ahead of a Wednesday afternoon news conference, where Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman and Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson will outline the state’s official return-to-school policy.